Are you planning to keep your deck around for a while? If so, then you'll want to keep some tips for keeping your deck in good shape. Not only that, but you'll want to know about how to properly clean or power wash your deck.
One useful insider tip is to use flashing to prevent rotting. If you notice there are joists with tons of holes in it, then cover them with tape. If you used pressure-treated lumber and if it gets wet, and it remains wet, then it will rot.
Tips For Power Washing Your Deck
There are many power washers out there. Don't just buy any old one. Always buy quality equipment when it comes to power washing. Do your due diligence as a consumer and look over some reviews, find one with a good warranty, and watch a quick video on basic instruction.
Before you start washing your deck, remove debris, obstacles and things of that nature. Cover light fixtures and any components that are electrical, and make sure your windows are closed and any nearby doors. These things are very powerful and can easily damage fragile objects or structures if pointed at directly.
Take some time to apply the specific deck cleaner, but read the instructions. These chemicals usually rely on a good balance to work properly and seal or protect your deck. After full assembly and preparation, spray away. Aim the power washer in the same direction the wind is going. This prevents you from being hit with back-splash. Be careful to stand a moderate distance back and take care to where you maneuver it as you go.
Those may seem like common sense tips, but they are crucial tips if you plan on power washing your deck yourself.
Keep the following in mind:
-Choose a good power washer (don't buy the cheapest one you find)
-Remove debris & obstacles, keep doors and windows closed
-Apply the cleaner
-Spray consistently, and take care of aim
We do recommend hiring a professional power washer. They will do the job properly and your deck will look as clean as possible. However, getting your hands dirty at least a couple of the washes can save you money and help you understand the health of your property.
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