Pressure Wash Your Deck Like a Pro
The beginning of summer could be the perfect time to maintain your deck. Since your deck is an important part of your backyard, why not treat it like one of your most precious interior rooms in your house?
Whether your deck is wood or composite, periodic cleaning is required to retain the beauty it once had when first installed. Maintaining and cleaning your deck correctly can save you time and money in the long run.
Before starting the power pressure is very important to pre soak the area to be cleaned. You can create a home made solution by mixing hydrogen peroxide and water. Apply it to the deck evenly and allow the solution to penetrate in the wood for a few minutes before starting with the pressure wash.
A portable solution barrel and a transfer pump, makes the spraying easy and fast, the solutions is safe and there is no need to cover grass or plants. You will see the hydrogen peroxide bubbles foam attacking the mold.
Something you need to know is that the pressure needed to wash your deck surface should be no more than 1500 pounds per square inch. Even that pressure could damage some of the soft wood. The water pressure is just to remove embedded dirt, mold and any other contaminants, excessive pressure will remove much more than that, including the wood itself.
Select the cleaner of your choice, there is not a straight answer on what cleaner you should use, some cleaners are detergents others are bleaches and some others are specifically designed to react to certain woods. Whatever your choice of cleaner is, make sure to read the manufacturer’s directions careful and follow them as indicated.
Now you are ready to start the pressure wash remember, the correct pressure cleaning technique is a side to side motion to help reduce the marking of the wood. Always start and stop in the groves between the wood.
Once you have completed the whole deck allow it to dry for at least 24 hours. Inspect the work once the deck is dry, you will be able to notice any imperfections, there should not be any lap marks, no areas left unwashed and minimal raised fibers. The surface of the deck should be consistent; if your deck looks like that, you have done a fine job.
We hope you find this tips to be helpful. For more articles on Home Improvement read our blog under the Home and garden section. Thank you for reading, until next time!