Deck Cleaning: Three Things You Need To Know Before Restoring Your Deck

Restoring your deck helps to remove the damage that comes from exposure to the elements, but it requires more than adding a new layer of stain to the wood. You'll want to have the deck cleaned before you begin your restoration process. Here are just a few things you need to know about having your deck cleaned before attempting to restore the wood.

The Pros And Cons of Power Washing

Power washing your deck is an easy way to remove dirt, oil and debris from the wood before attempting your restoration project. There are, however, a few downsides to doing this on your own. Soft woods or exotic woods can become damaged by the power washing process if it is not performed correctly. The right fan tip and adjustment settings will need to be used to ensure a deep clean without gouging or damaging the wood. If you are uncomfortable taking on this part of the project on your own, your cleaning and restoration service can power wash the deck for you. 

Choosing The Right Cleaning Solution

There are many different types of cleaning solutions available, and the type you choose will depend on how much dirt is on your deck and what type of wood the deck is made of. For pine decks, traditional pine cleaner mixed with warm water should be sufficient for a mild to moderate amount of dirt. Mahogany and other more exotic woods may call for a more mild cleanser, such as baking soda or vinegar mixed with warm water. Oil-based soaps are ideal for wood decking that has a lot of dirt and grime. The cleaner should be used after the power washing process to achieve a thorough clean. You can use push brooms, soft bristled brushes or rags to scrub down the decking surface, or you can hire a cleaning and restoration company to do this for you.

Pay Attention To The Weather

While the weather isn't always predictable, you should do your best to clean and restore your deck in the right conditions. Look for a day that will be overcast but not rainy. The sun can evaporate the water and cleaning solution before you've had a chance to complete your cleaning project, and the rain will wash away your cleaning solution or even add more dirt to your deck's surface. When you hire a deck cleaning service, the person who schedules your appointment should take the weather into account.

Once your deck has been thoroughly cleaned, the next steps of the deck restoration process can begin. You may choose to strip the wood and re-stain, or you may want to add another layer of stain and re-seal the deck. Your deck cleaning company may have options to both clean and restore the deck, so you don't have to do all of the hard work.