If you decide to pressure wash your deck, there are several tips you should keep in mind to ensure a safe and effective cleaning process:
Use the Right Equipment
Use a pressure washer with a PSI (pounds per square inch) of no more than 1500-2000. This will ensure you can clean your deck without damaging the wood fibers.
Use the Right Nozzle
Choose the proper nozzle for the job. A fan nozzle is best for cleaning large areas, while a pinpoint nozzle is better for removing stubborn stains.
Use the Right Technique
Hold the pressure washer nozzle at a distance of at least 6 inches from the surface of your deck, and move the nozzle in a sweeping motion to prevent damage.
Pre-Wet Your Deck
Before pressure washing, pre-wet your deck with water to prevent the water from penetrating the wood fibers and causing damage.
Use the Right Cleaning Solution
Use a cleaning solution specifically designed for use on decks, and follow the manufacturer’s instructions carefully.
Keep a Safe Distance
To prevent damage, maintain a safe distance between the pressure washer and your deck. The ideal distance will vary depending on the nozzle type and the pressure setting, so refer to the manufacturer’s instructions for guidance.
Start with a low-pressure setting and gradually increase the pressure as needed. This will help you avoid damage to your deck.
Work in Sections
Work in small sections, moving the pressure washer back and forth in a sweeping motion. This will help to ensure an even and thorough cleaning.
Wear Protective Gear
Wear protective gear to prevent injury, including goggles, gloves, and non-slip shoes.