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Let’s be honest – it’s hard to maintain a decking. It requires frequent cleaning, re-sealing and staining. Homeowners often undertake these tasks and think they are easy to complete. The next thing they do is turn to the internet and ask for help, seeking answers to questions such as “How do you pressure wash a deck?” or “How long should I wait before staining my decking after power washing it?”. Well, let’s see what does it take to bring an old decking back to life.
How to pressure wash a deck before staining
Should you pressure wash a deck before staining it? – The simple answer is “Yes, you should”. Yet, it takes more than power washing to prepare a deck for staining. There are a few steps you should take when it comes to re-sealing and staining a power-washed decking:
How to prepare a deck for jet washing?
It’s important to remove the old stain from the decking before power washing it. This way the new stain coat will adhere properly to the wood and prolong the life of your deck. In order to do so, you should apply a deck stain stripper, which will break up the old stain and prepare the surface for pressure washing.
The next step is to apply a deck brightener. It will restore pH levels in the wood and open up closed and dried grains, allowing the stain to enter the wood and bond with the grain.
What is the process of power washing a decking?
If you’ve applied a deck stain stripper and brightener, you can proceed to pressure washing. Remember to use the lowest pressure, or you might damage the wood. You can clean the deck with water only, but some people still prefer to add a mild cleaning detergent. If you decide to use one, make sure you don’t leave puddles of the product, as it may damage or discolour the wood. When you’re done, leave the decking to dry completely.
How soon after pressure washing my deck can I stain it?
After thoroughly removing the old stain and cleaning the decking, all that’s left is to give it a fresh coat of stain. But how long do you have to wait to stain a pressure-washed deck? It depends on the weather conditions, but the average drying time for a jet washed wood is 48 hours. If you want to be extra sure it’s dry enough to stain, you can wait 72 hours before staining.