Three Reasons Not to Pressure Wash Your Deck

Spring may already be here officially and while that conjures up thoughts of barbecues and warm temperatures to come, it’s also a reminder to do some spring cleaning. We all know what that means—a thorough cleaning to the inside of the house.

However, what about places like your wood deck? You know—the place where you want to host those outdoor activities. Your deck needs cleaning and maintenance as well, but your go-to method of pressure washing it can be doing more harm than good.

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Pressure washing or power washing is a method of using high-pressure water to remove dust, paint, mold, or grime off of a surface like your deck. Often, whether you hire a professional or do it yourself, the results may not be what you expected, especially if too high a pressure is used, causing your wood deck to suffer.

Why You Shouldn’t Pressure Wash Your Deck

  1. The pressure of the water can leave behind splinters and gouge the wood, allowing water to seep further in and cause more damage.
  2. It removes the natural oils in the wood that moisturize, seal, and protect it.
  3. Cupping and warping can occur from the wood drying too quickly.

While there are some gentle cleaners available on the market, they do require you to be hyper-vigilant if you have pets or children. If you want your deck to match the inside of your clean beautiful home, consider calling Deck Wizard today at 888-516-9273 for a free estimate. Nobody knows decks like we do.

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