One of the best ways to keep your deck looking great and sanitary year round is to use a pressure washer on your deck.
While there are some other things you can do such as sealant or weatherproofing, nothing can compare to the pressure washing benefits of a pressure washer.
If you are like most people, your deck is probably not your top priority when it comes to remodeling or painting. However, if you want a clean, sanitary, and beautiful deck, you should seriously consider using pressure washing to keep your deck looking fabulous year round.
If you are not certain how to use a pressure washer on your deck, here are some basic guidelines that may help you.
Pressure-washing your deck is best done in the late spring or early summer when the weather is warm, the leaves have not dried yet and the deck is mostly dry.
Check to make sure there are no low branches or other obstacles that can trip you up. If there are low branches, for example, consider lowering the guardrail so you do not scrape the decking or damage it in any way. You will also want to check for nails or other screws that could potentially get in the way of the pressure stream as you are pushing the hose through the decking.
When the water has completely saturated the area, take a sponge or brush and scrub the deck thoroughly. You may need to do this several times, especially if there is a lot of grass or debris.
You will want to make sure that there are no hard objects such as rocks or nails left in the water that will be hard to clean later. Now, let the pressure cycle and finish cleaning the area.
Finally, if the pressure washer has been working correctly all throughout, you are ready to finish cleaning the deck. Use the same sponge and brush that you used to clean the other areas on the deck and do the same to the decking. Once you have done this, close the valve and allow it to naturally release the pressure.
Most people are intimidated by the idea of cleaning their own deck, but with so much information online nowadays, there is no reason to worry.
If you use a pressure washer, learn how to use it safely. Know what kind of pressure washer to use for the size of your deck, what kind of pressure washer nozzle you should use, and how to protect your deck from scratches and cracks.
Once you know these things, it will be easy to pressure wash your home deck and keep it looking phenomenal all year long.
With new technology and a little information, pressure washing your deck can now be a fun and easy process that any homeowner can take part in.