after i pressure wash a deck?


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Old 07-11-05, 01:12 PM
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after i pressure wash a deck?

i have a cedar deck. i was going to pressure wash the deck and reseal it. i was told it was a good idea to scrub the deck after i pressure wash it.

why would i do that and what would i use?
 
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Old 07-11-05, 01:52 PM
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also, because deck is cedar, i hadn't planned on

using bleach. does that sound right?
 
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Old 07-11-05, 04:10 PM
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The use of bleach is to kill/remove the mildew. 30-50% bleach mixed with water. Sometimes stubborn stains need a little scrubbing to remove them. To clean the deck - wet deck, spray on bleach mixture, let set [not dry] and rinse. Any areas not clean you can scrub or spray again. Make sure everything is rinsed well. Avoid too strong a bleach mixture or to much [or close] pressure on the deck - it will raise the fibers and will require sanding to get smooth.
 
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Old 07-12-05, 07:24 AM
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Why would you plan on using bleach just because your deck is cedar???
 
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Old 07-13-05, 10:50 AM
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I have a treated wood deck thats about 15yrs old are there any suggestions to what I can clean it with and then restore it
Thanks
 
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Old 07-13-05, 12:03 PM
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thwood: Use a soft brush and scrub the deck with the weak bleach solution first. Then pressure wash to make sure all the bleach is gone. Better to use a high pressure garden hose than a pressure washer.
Normally I suggest an oxygenated bleach, but from what I've read that is bad for cedar.

Ron: use an oxygenated bleach. There are some good commercial celaners on the market, such as PDC (premium deck cleaner). You may want to also use a deck brightener before staining.
 
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Old 07-13-05, 08:23 PM
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I think oxygenated bleach[percarbonate based cleaner] may darken the cedar, but that is it. It can be brightened with some deck brightener and will look fine. Besides the fact that bleach[clorox]is not good for any wood I just don't like the way it makes a deck look. It will kill mildew better than percarb based cleaners. I didn't see any mention of mildew though it is a good idea to a$$ume it is there and should be removed before refinishing.

I would use a product like Problem solver wood cleaner this followed by a cabot or sikkens stain. The darker colors will last longer than the lighter ones. These products can be recoated without stripping That spf stuff looks interesting too. I wish somebody would try it.
 

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Old 07-14-05, 05:43 AM
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so here is my plan:

-scrub deck with soft brush, look into wood cleaner, (bleach may kill mildew but be bad for wood - weaken it - not a bad answer though if i can't find a good wood cleaner
-pressure wash
-wait two weeks after i pressure wash before i put stain on
-get a garden sprayer to apply stain

one question:
do i need to wait two weeks before applying stain to let deck dry after i pressure wash it??

thanks, you guys are great.
 
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Old 07-14-05, 06:35 AM
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Originally Posted by thwood129
--get a garden sprayer to apply stain

one question:
do i need to wait two weeks before applying stain to let deck dry after i pressure wash it??

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Although a garden sprayer will spray Thompsons and other thin sealers I doubt you will be able to spray most stains with it.

It all depends on the weather conditions. You just want to make sure the wood is dry.
 
 

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