When decks and fences or other exterior wooden features require extensive cleaning, especially before staining, one of the best ways to accomplish this task is to pressure wash them. However, when using a pressure washer machine on wooden surfaces, keep in mind the user must be extremely careful as washing wood is a very delicate process. Woodedge Powerwashing will share how to properly pressure clean wooden fences and decks without damaging the wood.
Pressure Washer Prep
Preparation comes first in any project. When pressure cleaning a deck or fence you will want to prepare the area first. Start by clearing away any obstruction that may be in your way. Make the area clear as possible. The last thing you want to do is trip and get tangled up. Preparation also sets in place safety measures. A pressure washing machine can cause serious injuries and damage if one is not extremely careful. Make sure the area you’re about to clean is clear and safe to work in. Again, this is very important before you begin pressure washing the area. Once the area has been cleared away, sweep all of the dirt and debris off of the deck and around the fencing. The final preparation is to close all windows and doors and make sure no pets or children are around the cleaning area. With the proper eye and hand protection gear on, add a pair of thick pants, a long sleeved shirt, and boots for your absolute protection. Make sure you’re wearing the proper clothing. Never wear flip flops or shorts. If you do, you’re asking for trouble.
Pressure Washer Safety
Aside from your own personal safety make sure to go through the pressure washing machine manual very thoroughly and know the safety guidelines found therein. Most pressure washing machines have an emergency shut off mechanism of some kind. Learn how it works and were it is located. Some additional safety tips are to know where the nozzle or end of the pressure washer wand is pointing at all times. Don’t start using a pressure washing machine until you know you have sound footing. Never use anything but recommended or approved cleaning agents.
How to Pressure Wash a Fence or Deck
Depending on the type of pressure washer you’re using, minor details may vary. That is why you want to go through the manual thoroughly before using the pressure washing machine. In the manual they will have the recommended setting for wood surfaces and cleaning agents. Follow both to the letter. When you’re cleaning wood surfaces, make sure to have soapy water and a brush nearby to assist with the tougher stains. You also want to have the right distance from the area you’re cleaning and from the end of the nozzle. Again, each pressure washing machine will vary on power, which affects the range. The user manual should have that information. When cleaning wood, make sure to go with the grain of the wood and only clean one section at a time before moving on to the next section.
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If you find you need assistance cleaning your deck or wood fence, and you require a professional power washing service, contact Woodedge Powerwashing. We both power wash and sandblast residential and commercial properties. Contact us to schedule our services today.