Deck Washing 101

Deck cleaning can bring life back to your backyard oasis. And with the great climate of Hawaii, everybody enjoys hanging out on a beautiful deck for get togethers! Barbecues, parties or just to relax on a nice day. 

After a few years a wooden deck that is not properly protected can start to look bad and worn. Algae and moss will begin to grow. Your deck now looks like it’s being held captive by mother nature. 

We want our wood back! 

If not cleaned and maintained, it will begin to rot. Thus leading up to a potential replacement! No one wants that! 

That deck is an extension of your home. Its brings together family & friends. And is a place where lasting memories are made. 

When a decks surface coating is unmaintained or failing, algae and moss take hold and retains moisture to the wood. This is what causes wood to rot. 

Wood tends to dry out in areas that are in direct sunlight. This eventually leads to cracking and splintering in these areas. Routinely maintaining your deck by cleaning and the use of a good stain/sealant plays a major role in the longevity of your wood decks surfaces. 

  • A deck with a transparent stain needs to be cleaned and re-stained yearly. 
  • Semi-transparent stains usually lasts between 2-3 years. 
  • A solid stain is prone to premature cracking and peeling in high traffic areas.

We don’t recommend solid stains on the floors of any deck. 

Making the stain last is all in the preparation before it is applied. So before applying new stain, Strip the old stain and eliminate the algae to bring back the natural beauty of the wood. This also properly prepares it for a new stain application.

Soft washing is a preferred alternative for cleaning and eliminating microorganisms from your deck. 

A pressure washer can be used, but be careful not to use too much pressure. As it can scare and damage the woods surface. 

Be sure to cover any plants before cleaning. 

Proper Personal Protective Equipment should always be used when using any type of chemical or pressure washing system. 

Softwash Hawaii uses specifically designed cleansing solutions and equipment to can clean any size deck the right way. Our experience grants us the ability to choose the best cleaning materials and the proper way to use them. Contact us with any questions or for a free estimate.

For Questions and/or Inquiries Contact Softwash Hawaii Today!

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