Pressure Washing Your Patio and Deck in 5 Steps
Let’s face it—cleaning your patio and deck can be quite a hassle, especially because of their size and their constant exposure to the outdoor elements. Patios and decks are generally made of wood or cement, and can usually be cleaned using the same techniques—hand or pressure washing. Washh recommends that you go with the pressure washing method because it is quicker and easier.
Pressure Washing Safety Protocols
When you conduct the pressure washing method, make sure that you comply with the following safety protocols:
- To ensure that your eyes are protected, wear safety goggles. When you pressure wash, small pieces of debris like pebbles and sticks can fly into the air and hit you in sensitive areas, like the eyes. Keep your eyes safe, and wear goggles as a preventative measure.
- Safeguard your home by placing plastic sheeting or trash bags over sensitive areas of your home, such as windows or doors. In addition to covering your eyes, you need to protect your home from damage, especially if it is near your deck or patio.
- Keep your pressure washer at an appropriate pressure level. If your washer has too much pressure, it can potentially damage your surfaces—you certainly don’t want to crack or dent your patio or deck surface. For the best results, contact a professional. They will get the job done right, without damaging your surfaces.
5 Steps In Pressure Washing
To safely and successfully pressure wash your patio and deck, follow these 5 recommended steps:
1. Plan and be prepared.
Make sure that you plan when you decide to tackle this project. You don’t want to go into the task unprepared. It is important to know what you are getting yourself into, and that you follow all recommended safety precautions. If you are inexperienced or unprepared for the pressure washing task, have a professional crew get the job done for you.
2. Move furniture and other items.
Before you start pressure washing your patio or deck, you need to move all furniture and items, such as chairs, tables, fire pits, etc. out of the way. This allows you space and access to properly wash your surfaces. Plus, pressure washers can be damaging to patio and deck furniture, so make sure to take the necessary precautions to take care of your belongings by moving them far from the areas you plan on washing.
3. Sweep away all debris.
Your patio and deck are exposed to mother nature year-round—snow, rain, sleet, wind, you name it. Over time, sticks, leaves, debris, and contaminants will build upon your surfaces. Before pressure washing, make sure you clear all debris off your surfaces. This allows you the proper space and access to execute a quality wash.
4. Execute the pressure washing
Once you sweep away all debris and move all furniture, it is time to execute the pressure washing. When you pressure wash you will want to use a cleaner, especially if you are cleaning surfaces with tough-to-reach stains. Remember that it is important to focus on removing dirt and grime from the grains and cracks of your surface—contaminants will build up and degrade these areas over time if you don’t follow proper washing methods.
After you finish your pressure washing, make sure to rinse your surfaces. Rinsing is very important because any soap residue left on your patio or deck will dry and become sticky, and attract more dirt and grime. This will reverse the results of your pressure washing efforts, so make sure to thoroughly rinse away all soap from the surfaces. Once you complete this step, let the deck or patio dry for a while.
Contact the Pros for the Best Results
If you are inexperienced or don’t want to take the time to clean your patio or deck on your own, let a professional do the job for you. Hiring a professional pressure washing company ensures that your surfaces get high-quality and professional cleaning.
At Washh, our professionals know what they are doing—we can pressure wash away stains, graffiti, dirt, grime, and other contaminants, without damaging the surface. For all of your pressure washing needs, Washh is the smart choice. To learn more about our services, give us a call at (704) 321-8000, or contact us online for your free, no-obligation quote.