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Winter storms are finally a thing of the past and it’s time to get out and enjoy the warmer climes of summer. Now you get to clean the deck and work on your landscaping before you can invite guests over. Unless you decide to involve your friends and family in one big deck cleaning party. Yeah, wouldn’t work for most people. We get it. So today we’re going to give you a step by step guide on cleaning and staining your deck in this two-part series.

What You’ll Need

  • Pressure Washer
  • Garden Hose
  • Eye Protection
  • Hearing Protection
  • Pressure Washer Detergent
  • Drop Cloths
  • Tape

Prepare Your Property

Make sure your work area is clear of obstacles that can cause you to trip. You’re already going to be dealing with a wet, soapy surface, so take all precautions to make sure the area is as safe as possible. Move anything that could catch the hose and cause it to tangle as well.

Cover Nearby Plants, Sockets, and Fixtures

The cleaners used in deck cleaning and the pressurized water can damage nearby plants, sockets, and fixtures, so cover them with a drop cloth or tape if possible. Use a plastic drop cloth or a tarp that will allow the water to flow away from the landscaping and foundation.

Close all Windows and Doors

Make sure all of your windows and doors are tightly closed to prevent water from entering your home.

Keep the Pressure Washer in a Safe Place

The hose should allow several feet of movement away from the machine that creates the pressure. Keep an eye on the placement of the pressure washer while you’re methodically moving from area to area to clean the deck.

Read the Manual

Make sure to read the manual so that you understand how much water pressure and which tip to use for the material you’re cleaning. Wood can splinter if you use too much pressure and the wrong tip. Composite decks are much more forgiving.

Read the Directions

Read the directions for both the power washer and the cleaning solution you intend to use. Make sure the cleaning solution is designed to be used with the material you’re cleaning. Follow all instructions to the letter to prevent damage to your property or to the pressure washer.

Deck Cleaning in Brooklyn

These may seem like a lot of steps for cleaning the deck, but it’s better to be prepared than to mess something up in the process. Your deck was a good sized investment to improve your property, the wrong amount of pressure or the wrong tip could splinter it and cause a lot of damage.

Give us a call if you’re in Brooklyn or Manhattan and would like to schedule a consultation for deck cleaning. We’ll make sure everything goes smoothly and help get your deck ready for summer asap.

The next article deals with staining a wood deck, so keep an eye out for it!