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Pressure Cleaning | 4 Steps To Clean Your Deck With A Pressure Washer

A clean deck is the hallmark of a well-maintained backyard, so it's probably a good idea to undertake this cleaning task when your outdoor floor starts to look dirty and timeworn. Cleaning your deck will not only make the space look more inviting, but it will also ensure that your wood doesn't rot over time. Here are some steps involved in pressure cleaning your deck.   

Clear The Deck Surface Of All Furniture And Movable Items

All movable items should be cleared from the deck to give you enough room to clean all corners properly. Move anything that could get in the way of your pressure cleaning process, so all your potted plants, patio furniture, dining tables and portable fireplaces need to be removed temporarily. Cover any plants around your deck to protect them from getting damaged with the water pressure.

Sweep Or Mop The Deck

Wipe or sweep your deck using a mop or broom to remove any loose debris from the deck surface. Pick up any large debris and throw it in your garbage. Make sure that you clean up the deck as much as possible. This will ensure that the pressure cleaning machine reaches the stubborn debris on your deck more easily. Place all dust piles into your garbage bag.

Apply A Soap Water Solution

You can mix a few drops of dishwashing liquid into a spray can filled with water until foam begins to form. Spray this solution around your entire deck area and let the soap water sit for a few minutes on the surface. This will help to loosen any stubborn dirt. Use a stiff-bristled brush to scrub the deck surface. This action will loosen any stubborn dirt on the deck.

Pressure Clean The Deck

Use the pressure cleaning machine to rinse and saturate the deck thoroughly. If you notice any stubborn muddied stains still not willing to loosen up, focus the pressure of the machine directly on these spots. Once you've addressed each troubled spot, you'll want to rinse the entire area to ensure that all residual dirt has been properly removed. Keep in mind that your pressure cleaning machine's nozzle should be at least a few feet higher than the deck to avoid gouging the wood. Once you've finished washing the wood, let it dry. You'll ideally want to choose a sunny day for this task to expedite the drying process. Once the deck is dry, you can restore all your furniture and movable items.

For more information, contact Southern Cross Cleaning (SA) Pty Ltd or a similar company.