The coming transition from winter to spring means cleaning our outdoor living spaces so we can enjoy them to the fullest in Commack, NY. If you are thinking about pressure washing your deck for cleaning or restaining, here are some important things to be aware of.
Pressure washing is a popular way to wash many outdoor surfaces today. The combination of water and solutions under increased pressure makes cleaning tough surfaces easier and is safer for the materials being cleaned. Decks are commonly pressure washed for cleaning and preparing the wood for sealing. Depending on your goal and the age of your deck, pressure washing can help your deck look new again. If your deck has areas of:
Pressure washing is the way to go. Properly done, pressure washing can remove the top layer of wood and all the stains, grease, grime, old sealant, etc...leaving fresh unexposed lumber. You are now ready to reseal the deck or allow the wood to turn gray again from exposure.
If pressure washing is done correctly your deck will be fine. Most professional companies like Beyond Maids for example, keep pressures below 12,000 psi to keep from etching or swirling the wood surfaces. The solution you use will be specific to your goal as well. If your deck is in great shape and your need to knock off the dirt and dust from winter, mild soap and water at low pressure will likely do the trick. However, if you are prepping your deck for resealing, you will definitely want a solution with oxalic acid or another “brightener” to get down to fresh unexposed wood ready for sealing.
Many people pressure wash their deck over the course of a weekend with good weather. The process is safe under most circumstances. It can be time consuming for larger decks and balconies. Also, there may be some heavy lifting involved with the equipment and clearing the deck area furniture.
Big box hardware stores have pressure washers and deck solutions available for purchase. Take a cautious approach and start pressure washing in a test area of your deck. Be sure you are on your “A” game before you work your way into the main traffic areas that everyone sees.
You will never regret hiring professionals who do this for a living. Companies like Beyond Maids can make your deck look like new with much less hassle and time than you can by DIY. Also, they will have more solution options available. Many of their solutions are environmentally friendly for your yard and pets.
You might be surprised at how economical a professional service is. And consider many companies will have additional pressure washing services you can use on other areas of your house. Areas of the house like:
Professional pressure washing companies stay busy year round because the weather and elements are tough on exterior surfaces. Think about all the exterior surfaces your home has and how keeping them clean helps them last longer and work more efficiently.
Learn how Beyond Maids can save you time and hassle, by expertly pressure washing your deck in Commack, NY, and surrounding areas. Contact our office for an appointment today.