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How to Clean Your Deck With a Pressure Washer

How-To: Clean Your Deck With a Pressure Washer

As exciting as it is to entertain when Summer comes around, it takes a little work to get your outdoor space into shape before you can bask in the sunlight with your tanned guests and chips and dip. If your deck has seen better days, there are several options for cleaning it, each with their own advantages and disadvantages. Today, I'm going to tell you how to clean it with a pressure washer. But before we get to that, you must remove everything from your deck (furniture, grills, plants, children, and pets included). Then, sweep your deck to rid it of dust, leaves, tree droppings, cobwebs, and other debris. Continue reading to learn about the process and the steps.

Pressure washers, which you can rent if you don't own, are very popular because they save a lot of time. But, the high-pressure stream of water agitating the surface of your deck can be so powerful that it destroys the surface of the wood, eroding their fibers. If used properly though, as professionals use it, with a pressure that is not too high, and not held too close to the surface of the wood, it can be a very effective and quick method for cleaning your deck. You should consider though, that these power washers use gasoline or electricity to pressurize the water from your garden house, which is not exactly the greenest cleaning tool.

  1. Before you wash, put on safety goggles and gloves.
  2. Then, test the washer on an inconspicuous area (maybe the under side of your deck), to get comfortable using the wand (hold on tight!) and determine what the correct distance is to hold your wand.
  3. Next, lightly wet the entire deck.
  4. Then, wash the deck in a sweeping motion, beginning at one end of the deck and working your way to the other side.
  5. Then, mix a non-toxic cleaner, like oxygen bleach Stain Solver, with warm water, and apply it to the deck with a sprayer, mop or brush.
  6. Let it sit for about 30 minutes.
  7. Then, use the power washer to give it a good rinse off.
  8. Once the deck is dry, apply a sealant like Thompson's Waterseal with a paint roller or a brush in a quick sweep; it shouldn't take long to dry. That's all folks!
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GlowingMoon GlowingMoon 5 years
I'm with Tdamji. I share the same thoughts.Our deck is made of stone pavers. Some general sweeping gets it clean.
GlowingMoon GlowingMoon 5 years
I'm with Tdamji. I share the same thoughts. Our deck is made of stone pavers. Some general sweeping gets it clean.
jhutch jhutch 6 years
It would be good to note, if renting or not that familiar with a powerwasher to use the white or green tips for cleaning wood. Yellow, and especially red tips can cause real damage to the wood.
emalove emalove 7 years
My husband just cleaned our deck last month...
beingtazim beingtazim 7 years
i don't understand this. seems like a huge waste of water to me.
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