How to clean a painted wood porch?

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Old 08-18-05, 01:25 PM
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How to clean a painted wood porch?

We have a porch on our very old house (1924), the porch has been painted and in places the paint is cracking/peeling... We intend to strip it and stain it next year, but in the meantime does anyone have any suggestions as to how to clean it?
 
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Old 08-18-05, 04:28 PM
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Pressure washer on a wide fan spray if and only if you want the loose paint removed along with washing it off.
 
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Thanks! I was worried that using water might hurt the wood? Do I not need to worry about that?
 
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I would hold off on pressure washing until time to repaint/stain. You can take an old broom and a detergent mixture [add bleach if mildew is present] and scrub the porch and rinse off with a hose. This will be less likely to peel any loose paint. Although water isn't great for wood, an occasional cleaning won't hurt it - it is not like you are constantly emersing it in water.
 
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If you pressure wash it off on a nice sunny day the water will be on the wood/paint less than it would on a rainy day.
 
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Awesome, I may try the broom cleaning first just to see since I don't have a power-washer... but power-washing sounds sooo much easier. Thanks again.
 
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