Pressure Washing A Deck
Deck washing is a great way to keep your deck clean and looking great. There are a few things you need to take into account before pressure washing your deck.
The Wet Weather Guidelines
If you live in a wet climate, be sure to follow the wet weather guidelines. These guidelines dictate what type of equipment you can use, how much water you can use, and how often you should pressure wash your deck. The more often you pressure wash your deck, the better it will look and the less damage it will sustain from weathering and insects.
The Type of Deck Cleaner
There are a few different types of deck cleaners available on the market today. You'll need to decide which one is best for your specific situation. Some of the most popular types of cleaners include bi-product-free cleaners, acid-free cleaners, detergent-free cleaners, and enzyme-based cleaners. Once you've chosen the correct cleaner for your deck, read the label carefully to make sure you're using the correct amount and frequency of cleaning. Remember to protect wood finishes with a sealant if needed.
Setting Up Your Pressure Washer For Cleaning Decks
No matter how well you keep your deck clean, the reality is that it will eventually start to look better if it is cleaned frequently. Many people don't clean their decks because they think it is a bother or because they don't have time. However, by following these simple steps you can have your deck looking as good as new in no time at all.
The first step before cleaning your deck is to prepare for the task. Make sure to remove all flammable materials like furniture and materials with bird droppings before beginning. If there are any items that cannot be safely removed, cover them with plastic sheeting and tape so they do not get wet.
Next, scout out the area that needs to be cleaned. Decks tend to get dirty in different areas than other decks, so you'll want to make sure to clean them all. Choose a spot on the deck where you will be working and mark the ground around it with a stick or piece of cloth. This will help you line up the sprayer properly when cleaning.
Now grab your pressure washer and fill it with water according to the manufacturer's instructions. Check the gun nozzle for clogs and remove any obstructions if needed. Once everything is
How To Use Your Pressure Washer
Buying a pressure washer can be overwhelming if you don't know what to look for or how to use the equipment. Here is a step-by-step guide on how to use your new pressure washer properly:
- Familiarize yourself with the different modes your pressure washer operates in (high, medium, and low velocity)
- Decide what type of cleaning you need to be performed
- Check the hoses and accessories to make sure they are compatible with your machine
- Attach the tips of the hoses to the appropriate ports on your machine
- Turn on your machine and adjust the pressure according to the manufacturer's instructions
- Start cleaning! If you are using a high-velocity mode, be careful not to splash yourself or bystanders; use caution when spraying objects that could potentially be harmful.