Have you ever thought of renewing your deck only to be discouraged by the notion that this involves a lot of work? Know that there is a simple way of washing your deck using only a detergent and pressure washer. With only two machines and basic skills, you can renew the look of your wood deck.. Let us see how this works systematically.
1. Acquire a Pressure Washer
Visit your local rental center and hire a pressure washer. Usually, the cost of hiring the machine for several hours is less than 50 dollars. A pressure washer is an important part of this project because it scores all the contaminants and dirt away. A pressure washer center in your area can show you how to power wash your deck to restore its natural beauty. Make sure you know how to use the machine to avoid accidents and damage to the wood. You can also use the instructions here, review them with a professional power washing company, and have them do the exact same thing, thus saving you time.
2. Cover Your House and Plants
You should only clean the deck after you have done all repairs, and covered the adjacent siding and plants to protect damage. Yes, strippers are not that harmful but it is always advisable to take maximum precaution. Cover the plants with some plastic, but make sure you remove it immediately after power washing the deck.
3. Clean the Railings and Deck Board
Start pressure washing the rails and work down to the balusters, always moving in a controlled continuous motion. Moving in a controlled, continuous motion is meant to avoid gouging the wood. When washing the deck boards, make sure you do it lengthwise for even better results. In case there are stains and mildew that will not go away, the trick is to wash them several times. Increasing the pressure will only scour the wood and damage your deck. You can remove persistent stains later.
Once you have power-washed every part of the deck, rinse it with plenty of plain water to remove the stripper. Rinsing is also the opportunity to remove leaves, twigs, or any other debris still trapped in the gaps or cracks. Do not forget to remove any over-spray from the siding and windows.
4. Brighten the Deck
At this step we will renew the deck so that it can regain its allure. There are many types of wood brighteners in paint stores. Choose the acid–based brightener because it is environmentally friendly and gives fast results. Remember that some brighteners are ready for use, while others need to be diluted. You can get all this information on the manufacturer’s label. Rinse the siding with clean water but the deck does not need this.
5. Repair the Deck and Remove Stains
It is only after thorough cleaning that you notice some stains and loose places in the deck. Most of the weaker stains respond to non-chlorine bleach quite well, but the more stubborn ones may need a solution of TSP substitute. For even stronger stains, try sanding the affected areas.
6. Finish the Job
A wooden deck takes at least two days to dry after a power wash if there is no rain. When the weather is neither too hot nor too cold, apply the finishing stain, using an applicator pad for the rails, balusters, and deck boards.
Cleaning the deck is very simple if you stick adheres to the safety of the pressure washer and use the cleaning steps suggested here.