How to Power Wash a Deck
Power washing your deck is a great way to spruce up your outdoor living space. The first step is to remove any outdoor furniture from it. Next, use a narrower spray nozzle to power wash the deck. You can also use a zero-degree nozzle to concentrate the spray and increase pressure. However, this can be dangerous and could cause an accident.
When power washing a deck, you will need to read the instructions carefully before using the nozzle. First, always make sure that the trigger is angled away from the surface of the deck. Also, make sure that the nozzle tip is pointing away from people or windows. Next, choose the nozzle tip that is appropriate for the type of deck you have. The “fan” tip on the wand should be set between 40o and 60o.
Once the deck is thoroughly cleaned, you can start applying a stain or sealing. After that, you can sand the deck with sandpaper. You can also use an orbital sander to remove rough spots. If your deck is made from wood, you will want to use a five-inch sanding pad. To protect your eyes and skin, make sure you wear protective gear such as safety goggles, long pants and enclosed shoes.
If you are working on a large deck, you may need to separate it into sections. Use a slow, methodical approach. Watch videos or read instructions carefully. Be sure to use the correct nozzle for the deck, as a strong nozzle may damage it. Also, always work in the direction of the grain of the wood.