Do You Need a Power Washer to Clean a Deck?

Deck cleaning without power washer is totally possible.  The one point that needs to be made is that this is only possible in between stain coats.  The method described below is for gentle deck cleaning of minor dirt and stains. Here’s how I recommend to our customers and any homeowner how to keep your deck clean between professional stain coat applications.

Deck is Getting Dirty

Let’s just say you had your deck re-stained but it’s looking a little dirty after a couple of months. This can be from:

  • muddy dog paws;
  • tree sap;
  • grandchildren dropping greasy food on the floor boards; or
  • a recent cocktail party out on the deck.

Materials Needed for Gentle Deck Cleaning

I tell homeowners to expect to treat their deck very similar to the floor in their kitchen. So let’s keep it simple.
1. Get the contents of your deck off and put them in the yard.
2. Run over to your local paint hardware store and pick up a gallon or two of deck cleaner.
3. Purchase yourself a little pump sprayer and a deck brush
4. and the way you go.

deck cleaning without power washer

Deck Cleaning without Power Washer: Gentle Deck Cleaning Process

Read your directions on the cleaner, and apply the cleaner. Agitate the deck with a brush and rinse clean. My recommendation is that the average homeowner to not use a power washer.  In most cases, they’ve put on the wrong tip on their pressure washer or they’re too aggressive on their deck. I think you’ll be happier cleaning your deck in between professional stain coats the way I suggested. Just be prepared that it will require a little bit more elbow grease.

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