If you are a homeowner and have a wooden deck then you know what a rewarding investment it is, especially after a nice deck staining. It’s the perfect place to relax and entertain guests, it increases your property value, and it makes your home a lot more attractive overall. To keep your veranda looking impressive, you need to ensure that it is maintained using the best deck staining and deck cleaning practices.
Deck Staining Steps
In this blog, we walk you through the steps of wooden deck staining and answer all your questions about what, how, when, and why to seal your deck for a pristine finish. Here are just some of the top queries we clarify:
- What is the best method to stain a deck without damaging the wood?
- Is it better to stain or paint a deck?
- How to clean a deck before staining
- What is the best time to stain a deck?
- What are the best products for deck staining?
- How often do you have to seal a deck?
- Why you should not power wash a wooden deck?
It’s important that you maintain your deck with great care because an improperly stained and sealed deck will only cost you more to fix and redo next time. Neglected decks deteriorate at a faster rate, so it only makes sense to maintain it properly and make it look great while preserving it for the years to come.
Contact the Professionals
Why wait until your porch deck loses its natural color, or begins to decay and fall apart when treating it promptly can eliminate these problems? Carlton Cleans has the experience and insight for the best deck maintenance practices to guarantee maximum appeal and safety of your terrace or porch for years to come. Read on if you want to learn more, or contact us for more specific answers.
The rain this spring has slowed deck staining in Potomac, MD. Carlton Cleans is cleaning as many decks as possible in preparation for dry weather. Here are some pictures of Potomac Deck Refinishing in process.
Pressure washing is one of those services that many homeowners forget is important to maintaining the exterior surfaces of their home. Understanding pressure washing and the benefits of it are important for homeowners who want to increase curb appeal, lengthen the lifetime of their decks or other surfaces, or even raise the property value of their home.
Part of understanding pressure washing is understanding how a pressure washer works and what they are able to accomplish with their equipment. A pressure washer must be careful to apply the appropriate amount of water pressure required by the surface being cleaned. That means a pressure washer doesn’t just come and haphazardly spray a home or building. A pressure washer will inspect the surface to be cleaned to determine the extent of the job. It may become necessary for the pressure washer to suggest the use of a detergent. In most cases cleaning solutions are used to aid in the cleaning process. With cleaning solutions the pressure washer can use less pressure while cleaning to ensure no damage to the surface and facilitate uniform cleaning . Careful application also requires walking around the home or building after the initial cleaning checking for areas that need to be spot-washed. Carlton Cleans, an experienced pressure washer wants to ensure that your building is clean contributing to it’s curb appeal and providing good value for your service dollar.
Understanding Pressure Washing Effects
Pressure washing is an effective way to ensure that your home or building’s surface is cleared of grimy materials like soot, dirt, ash, liquid stains, bugs, and other materials. Other effects that you will see from regular pressure washings include:
- Increased curb appeal.
- Longer life of a wooden deck or patio.
- Increased property value.
- Pride in your homes appearence.
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Power Washing Service and Deck Sealing
Caring for your brand new deck.
Should I use a power washing service? Having your deck properly cleaned and sealed is essential to its longevity. Cleaning and deck sealing should not be a one time thing; it needs to be done every couple of years. Most professional power washing service and deck cleaning companies will offer a deck maintenance program so that your wood deck looks good all the time and lasts for years to come. In this article we will answer some common questions home owners have pertaining to deck maintenance.
How soon can I have my new deck cleaned and deck sealing completed? Many people have heard that you should let your deck “dry out” for a year prior to having a power washing service clean and seal it. This is a myth. Truth be told, most of the damage is done to your deck in the first 6 months or so.
After 12 months the wood can be split and cracked from water damage and will have turned gray from the suns damaging UV rays. At this point it isn’t too late to have a power washing service clean and protect it. With a brand new deck sealing is better sooner than later. A professional deck restoration company can take moisture readings in the wood. They can let you know for sure when your deck is ready to be sealed. Usually within 1-3 days, depending on the climate and location of the deck, it will be ready for a proper cleaning and deck sealing.
Power Washing Service for an Old Deck
Is it possible to restore a deck that has aged? Depending on the situation an older deck can be brought back to life. As long as the boards aren’t too warped or rotted. Getting rid of all the gray dead wood fibers is not a problem. Some sanding and a power washing service clean may be necessary before it is sealed. Your deck contractor may offer a power washing service and deck restoration service.
Even if there is some structural damage a deck contractor could probably do some repairs for you before cleaning and applying deck sealing. A quality deck cleaning services and power washing service contractor should be able to make an assessment of your deck before attempting to restore it. That way you know what to expect.
DIY Deck Sealing
Can I clean and apply deck sealing on my own deck? It is possible for a do-it-yourselfer to restore their own deck. I recommend they have some knowledge of the chemicals used and experience in using a pressure washing unit and to hire a professional power washing service. Wood is very soft and when hit with too much water pressure it can easily be marked and scarred. Some people don’t realize the skill and knowledge that is required in restoring a deck properly.
Hire a Professional Deck Sealing and Power Washing Service
I don’t recommend letting anyone lacking the experience to touch your wooden deck. When a wooden deck is cleaned and sealed improperly it will only cost you more money to have it fixed and done right the next time.
Deck Sealing Without a Proper Deck Cleaning?
Can I just seal my deck without washing it? The answer to this question is NO!. Not if you want the sealer to penetrate properly and last. The number one reason a sealer fails is because the wood was not prepared properly. Even a very expensive sealer is not going to do its job unless the wood has been prepped correctly. That is why it is recommended to hire a power washing service in preparation for deck sealing. Special chemicals need to be used to remove dead fibers, dirt, mildew and other pollutants and it all has to be cleaned using low water pressure washing so the wood isn’t damaged. In some cases a deck sealer stripper is used to remove an old failing sealer, it is important to remove all traces of old sealers so the new sealer can adhere to the wood.
Compatible Deck Sealing
Most sealers will not adhere to each other and some sealers won’t even adhere to itself after a certain amount of time. Contractors using the proper stripping technique will depend heavily on their chemicals to do the work so the right amount of low pressure can be used.
Deck Cleaning and Stripping Process
After the cleaning or stripping process a neutralizing step is then needed. The reason for this is because the cleaner or stripper used is considered a caustic and will leave the wood with a high PH level. Deck sealing does not adhere well or properly in this situation. A neutralizer is sprayed on the wood to lower the PH and leave the wood more acidic so the deck sealing will protect. Done right, the deck sealing will last a couple years like expected.
Deck restoration and property maintenance is a wonderful service when done right. It saves you money by protecting your added living space. Understand that not all power washing service and patio cleaning companies have the proper knowledge. Just like any industry there are the unethical companies out there just trying to make a buck. So, be sure to ask the contractor what his methods and techniques are so you can get the deck sealing and power washing service you expect.
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