What tip to use to pressure wash a deck?

Typically decks will need anywhere from a 25-degree nozzle (for more stubborn build-up) to 40-degree (for newer decks with less damage or synthetic wood). The higher the degree the less pressure at point of contact.

What psi pressure washer do I need to strip a deck?

First of all, you need the right pressure washer. We recommend around 2400 PSI for the average deck. This makes the job easy without damaging most woods. Start by using the standard spray tip to get rid of any loose dirt, leaves, and other easy debris.

Can you clean decking with a pressure washer?

Beware Pressure Washing Damage

If you have timber deck boards, a power washer’s pressure may cause splintering and damage to the timber fibers. If the timber surface already has some splintering, pressure washing will only exacerbate the issue.

What pressure washer nozzle should I use?

When the dirt is thick, the yellow-colored nozzle is the one you will want to use. A 15° spray pattern will do some serious cleaning; however, it can still scar wood or vinyl siding. This nozzle is great for cleaning dirty concrete, brick, or anytime you need to rinse heavy debris off of a hard surface.

Is it better to sand or power wash a deck?

DO sand your deck before sealing.

At that point, lightly sand the surface to remove splintery or fuzzy patches caused by pressure-washing the deck. A pole sander with 80-grit sandpaper will suffice; a power sander is overkill. Then seal the deck to protect from cracking, cupping, and warping.

When should I pressure wash my deck?

Power-wash your deck in spring before the warm season begins to remove the buildup of winter grime, mildew, and debris. Get your deck ready for your next BBQ by power-washing your deck on a warm summer day. Fall is also a great time to wash your deck.

What to do after you power wash your deck?

After you’ve power-washed the entire deck, rinse all of the wood with plain water to dilute and neutralize the stripper. If there’s still debris trapped between deck boards, such as leaves or twigs, remove it now (Photo 3).

Can I just power wash my deck before staining?

There is a common misconception that just pressure washing a deck prior to staining is all you need to do in order to prep your deck for stain. Pressure washing can help, but if you want your stain to last, using a good deck cleaner and brightener on the deck prior to pressure washing will provide you the best result.

What’s the best way to clean wooden decking?

Mix a bucket of warm water with household soap (washing-up liquid will do the trick). Apply this directly onto the deck and clean thoroughly with a soft bristled brush.

What to use to clean deck before staining?

Apply a small amount of deck stripper to a small area on your deck. Let it sit for about 15 minutes, then wipe it off with a cleaning rag. If the stain comes off, the stain is water-based. Follow the directions on the deck stripper for removing the stain from the deck.

Is it OK to pressure wash Trex decking?

Trex does not recommend the use of a pressure washer. The use of a pressure washer on deck surface could damage the decking surface and will void the warranty with respect to any condition caused by the pressure washing.

How do you increase psi on a pressure washer?

You simply turn the dial to increase or decrease the pressure. Others have a regulator on the spray wand, similar to the Vario wand on our electric power washer. You can also change out the nozzle tips which alter the impact pressure when spraying.

Are pressure washer wands universal?

The quick answer is no, they are not universal. The reason for this is that wands built for electric machines are made of different materials than those built for gas pressure washers. As well as, the fittings and connectors can be different and will need to be matched up to your machine.

Are all pressure washer nozzles the same?

Nozzles are manufactured specifically for each machine’s volume and pressure. This means that each nozzle size has a different size orifice (or opening). There are a variety of sizes but the most commonly used are between 3.0 to 6.5, sized in .

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