Delaware Pressure Washing Tips
As homeowners prepare for summer cookout’s we begin to pay extra attention to our backyard when guests begin to gather but have you given your fence a second look? Most Delaware homeowners pay a pretty penny for their fence and decks that may have begun to turn a weathered gray. It does not take long for untreated wood to look run-down and lose its luster if it has not been stained or sealed. However, before treating wood you will want to make sure it has been properly pressuring washed. Pressure washing your fence and deck is a great way to prepare wood surfaces to be stained or sealed. In fact, the quickest way to revitalize your fence is with pressure washing but it’s important to remember that in order to remove the dirt and grime from surfaces, pressure washers must be very powerful. In fact, units used on home cleaning projects typically produce 1,500 to 3,000 PSI (pounds of pressure per square inch). In untrained hands, that much force can be dangerous. One poorly aimed spray of the wand, and you could be dealing with a severe injury that requires a trip to the emergency room. . Still, if you want to go the DIY route instead of calling a pressure washing service in Delaware then let our team provide you a few useful tips to properly wash your fence, deck, and other wooden structures without causing injures
How To Pressure Wash Your Fence Correctly
The goal of pressure washing is to wash off the thin layer of dead wood cells that gives a wood fence and decks their silvery-gray patina. Once the fresh wood is revealed, it should be stained or sealed to protect it from the decay that comes from moisture infiltration. If you are new to pressure washing it’s not a bad idea to start by practicing on a smaller area before tackling a fence or deck. If your ready to go full steam ahead then lay down a plastic tarp to protect your grass and plants around the base of the fence. The high pressure will loosen dirt and grime but be extra careful not to get the dirt and grime from the base of the fence onto the fence you’re trying to get cleaned. Next, we suggest using the appropriate nozzle head, start with the green tip, or if you find heavily stained areas on the fence or deck use the yellow tip nozzle. When using the nozzle keep it one or two feet away from your fence to avoid damaging the wood. It may take a few sprays before the grime lifts off but it is better to move slowly than to damage the wood. We also suggest if you have a power washer to use the cold-water option. Hot water can raise the wood grain on your fence and make staining or sealing your fence more cumbersome. Another tip for the novice is to heed all safety warnings, protect your eyes by wearing safety glasses and never direct the water stream towards people, pets, or electrical sources. Remember you will get soaked so dress accordingly. Pressure washing a fence or deck is quite a large task to tackle but try not to lose your momentum. The final step to preventing your fence or deck from deteriorating is to seal the wood. Once you have freshly cleaned your fence and it has had time to dry, this should be at a moisture level of around 12% then you are ready to tackle the sealer or stain. We recommend using an all-in-one combination so that your wood is not only protected from the outdoor elements such as rain, snow, ice, and harmful UV rays but so that with using a stain your fence remains beautiful. If you didn’t want to fork over the heavy cost of installing cedar you can still achieve the same look with a cedar stain wood grain color from Baer.
Delaware Best Pressure Washing Service
Wood fences and decks that have been properly maintained are an investment for your home as they can last upwards of 20 years, depending on what kind of wood you use. Regular pressure washing and stealing the wood will help prolong the life of your fence. If pressure washing your fence is too much to tackle then call your Delaware pressure washing company at EvenFlow Services for a fast, free quote to make sure you’re ready for all the summer-filled fun in your Delaware backyard and that your fence lasts as long as possible. In addition to pressure washing fences, you can also count on our team to provide Delaware pressure washing services including driveways patios, porches, and garages. e have been serving our area for over 25 years and are licensed and insured for your peace of mind so give us a call at 302-266-0332.