Romeoville, IL (PRWEB) July 10, 2006
If cleanliness is next to godliness, staining a deck should be a heavenly experience.
But if you opt to sand your deck first, the dust-raising experience can leave you squinting like a one-eyed pirate.
Jon Hoch, founder of PressureWashersDirect.com, says sanding your deck may achieve the desired result, but the gritty experience is less than desirable.
"The deep-cleaning action of a pressure washer will remove ground-in dirt, mold and mildew without all the mess," says Hoch.
Hoch recommends using at least a mid-sized pressure washer with at least 2400 pounds per square inch of pressure.
"Smaller models will work, but you'll definitely appreciate a canyon-cleaning stream of a mid- to large-sized model versus a small water pick," says Hoch.
Pressure Cleaning Tips
PressureWashersDirect.com recommends cleaning your deck prior to staining it:
1. Spray water over your deck to rinse off loose dirt and leaves.
2. Using the chemical tip on the wand of your pressure washer, liberally apply a chemical solution made specifically for decks and fences. Allow the solution to sit for a few minutes.
3. Switch tips to a narrow spray for heavy cleaning, using stroking motions to loosen grime and grunge off your deck. Do not use the most narrow spray - 0 degrees - which is powerful enough to carve your initials into a deck.
4. Rinse your deck with a water spray and allow it to dry for 48 hours.
Hoch suggests the following procedure for staining a deck once you've thoroughly cleaned it:
1. Protect your arms and legs with a long-sleeved shirt and long pants, and your eyes with goggles. If you're using a solvent-based product, wear a mask to protect against inhalation.
2. Make sure temperatures are between 50 and 90 degrees Fahrenheit, and do not apply if other conditions - including rain or high winds - are expected within the next day or two.
3. Select a stain that is mixed with a sealer. Test the stain on a separate piece of wood to make sure it matches the color that you want.
4. Pour four gallons of stain into a five-gallon pail, mixing thoroughly with a long paddle. Then pour some of the stain into a smaller pail for your brush work on the railings and benches, and use the larger pail for your roller on the deck floor.
5. Liberally apply the stain to the point of saturation. All exposed ends should be coated several times until all pores are saturated.
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