cleaning decks - Knowledgebase Question

Taylorsville, No
Question by suefox10
April 23, 2009
What do you recommend to clean wooden decks before staining? thanks

Answer from NGA
April 23, 2009


Consider renting or buying a pressure washer, as a garden hose may not be powerful enough to remove dirt from your deck. I use Simple Green if the deck has moss, etc. It is safe to use around plants, pets and children. With a power washer, be careful not to use too much force?anything stronger than 1200 psi could damage the wood or the composite decking. To reduce the pressure of a washer, use a tip with a wider spray. Tips range in size from 0 degrees (which is highly dangerous) on up. Use a 45 degree nozzle with a wide fan pattern for wood surfaces. After your deck dries completely you can stain.

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