Power washing has gained
wide acceptance as the best method of cleaning and preparing the surface
of wood decking. Properly performed, there are several advantages to
power washing, including savings in time and labor costs, not to mention
the increased job performance. To the quality minded customer, this
procedure is the most desirable method of preparing or maintaining a
deck. For best results, use a minium 2500 PSI power washer on all new as
well as older surfaces. Power washers with less than this capability
often cause more damage to the wood than the more powerful equipment. For
best results, after power washing, countersink nails and sand smooth
surfaces with a minimum 10,000 o.p.m. orbital sander. For quicker results
use 40 to 80 grit sandpaper to start, and 100 to 140 grit to finish.
After these procedures rinse entire surface with power washer. The use of
chemicals and other cleaning agents as opposed to the power washing and
sanding preparation procedures described above is normally unnecessary,
and often dangerous to both the user and the environment.