Using your pressure washer to remove the sap, dirt, dust, insects, bird droppings, mud, etc., that can accumulate on your deck or fence is very rewarding!
Most homeowners power wash decks & fences on a yearly or 18 month basis. I pressure wash early, in spring, so I can enjoy the results all summer.
And you can see my top recommended gas pressure washer: the Generac 6596 on Amazon.
You can use an electric pressure washer for decks, but it might be somewhat slow work since electric pressure washers are generally not as powerful as gas powered pressure washers.
Electric pressure washers are excellent for cleaning cars, garage floors, smaller walkways, outdoor furniture, etc.
But gas powered pressure washers are outfitted with high pressure producing axial cam pumps that really get the larger cleaning jobs, like deck cleaning, done quickly.
Detergents or Chemicals? Yes! Absolutely! My recommendation is that the right detergent or chemical is a great help to
the homeowner! These detergents loosen dirt and stains -- and greatly cut down on the time it takes to clean decks and fences.
And you can check out my #1 pressure washer detergent choice: Simple Green Pro Heavy Duty detergent on Amazon.
Just MAKE SURE that the detergent or chemical you use states that it is especially formulated for use in pressure washers. And remember to use your low-pressure (black) nozzle for applying soap or chemicals.
What about bleaches or home-made cleaning "recipes"? NEVER! NEVER! You'll likely ruin your pressure washer - and the very
surface you're trying to clean.
MY TIP: Most of us are eager to get our cleaning projects done, so we don't give the pressure washer detergent or chemical
enough time to fully do its job! Read your detergent bottle label - it'll advise you that the detergent should rest on the dirty surface
for at least a few minutes. This really, truly helps.
You'll be amazed at how quickly stains and dirt lift once the detergent
has had a chance to do its job.
And if you're preparing to re-seal your deck or fence, you probably already know you must pressure washer it first.
(Make sure you follow the sealer manufacturers advice about pre-and-post sealer drying times and application procedures!)
Before you begin washing, first remove all your furniture, accessories, signs, etc. off the deck or fence you want to clean. Then make sure
all electrical outlets, jacks and fixtures are completely sealed from water! Also, I always like to cover any nearby shrubs just to make sure they don't get damaged.
It's very important to keep in mind that wood can be easily damaged by using too much water pressure - or putting the nozzle too close to the
deck or fence surface!
And different woods have different hardness factors. Wood can fray, gray, splinter or "fur" if you're not careful, so proceed very slowly and carefully.
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