Keep Your Wood Deck From Splintering After Pressure Washing

Keep Your Wood Deck From Splintering After Pressure Washing

To keep a wood deck from looking splintery after pressure washing the following is suggested:

  • Begin by using a cleaner formulated for use in a pressure washer on a wood deck. (EXITS Concentrate from Taylor Rental Recommended)
  • Apply the cleaner with the black soap-dispensing nozzle.
  • For additional cleaning, you can scrub with a synthetic deck brush, then go over it with the soap again.  This is optional.
  • Leave the soap on the surface for the time recommended by the manufacturer.
  • Rinse the area with a wide nozzle tip (White 40 degree)
  • For more aggressive cleaning, switch to a 25-degree nozzle (green).
  • Hold the wand about a foot above the deck and move in the direction of the grain using overlapping passes. The longer you pause on any area, the more likely you are to etch the surface and cause splintering.
  • Washing in the morning or in late afternoon is better than washing in the heat of the day, because rapid drying can contribute to splintering. Also, avoid over-washing an area.
  • And keep a consistent distance between the nozzle and the deck.
  • After that, let the deck dry without any furniture on it to reduce the chances of light and dark areas that are created by uneven drying.
  • If you do end up with a few splinters, gently sand them away with a hand-sanding block and 100-grit sandpaper.

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