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Old 04-24-16, 08:29 AM
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Can't get deck clean!

Well the former owners of my new place kept what is easily seen clean but going through the house I found lots of places where they weren't so clean. One example the kitchen cabinets. I don't think they ever used shelving paper.

Another is the deck. I am not sure they ever cleaned it. Granted it is spring so they may have not gotten to it this year. And the deck does not get a whole lot of sun. But it is just so filthy!


I have been working on the getting the deck cleaned for hours, It was filthy. When I first looked at it I thought the darkness was part of the wood., Until I started cleaning it, Just layers and layers of dirt! I just can't get it off. The wood is that composite material so it will stand up to a lot more abuse than wood but I am not sure I want to step it up a notch and buy a more powerful pressure washer. I started with one one those cheap Harbor Freight electric washers. I then bought a Ryobi 1700 psi 1.2GPM. That did not do it.,

I tried a bleach deck wash.

The grime remains. Takes forever to get off with the washer. I am thinking of admitting defeat and just have a professional do it for this first fo around.

Any ideas?

This is my first deck and my first power washer so maybe there are some secrets I should know about. Like maybe step up to a gas model?
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Old 04-24-16, 08:46 AM
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https://www2.ca.uky.edu/HES/fcs/FACTSHTS/HF-LRA-008.pdf

Bleach, tri-sodium phosphate, water and a stiff-bristle deck brush.
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Old 04-24-16, 09:24 AM
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Or just call it patina instead of grime...
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We use one of those ryobis and a similar spec'ed snap-on at work... they hardly clean the dirt off of rocks except on the smallest nozzle setting. It will probably be good enough for most of your uses, but they don't hold a candle to larger/gas units. Unfortunately I think some scrubbing may be in your future.
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Old 04-24-16, 11:10 AM
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Funny it is really not totally noticeable until the deck is wet. Then you can really see the black grime. But the deck looks faded dry. I am considering some of that composite restore but not sure if I want to go down that road. I figure if it is composite I really don't have to do anything to it but clean it. If I restore it then I might have a regular maintenance headache on my hands.
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Deck ? why not Buy a more powerful Pressure Washer, if that is what will do the job? ..

here we have a lovely green patina that grows on most surfaces

that dont see regular traffic , like the wheel tracks on the streets.

Pressure washers are a popular thing you can get and get paid for your services, it's kind of like a lawn mowing gig.

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Old 04-24-16, 03:59 PM
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Deck ? why not Buy a more powerful Pressure Washer, if that is what will do the job? ..

here we have a lovely green patina that grows on most surfaces

that dont see regular traffic , like the wheel tracks on the streets.

Pressure washers are a popular thing you can get and get paid for your services, it's kind of like a lawn mowing gig.
I already mentioned I have one, actually two. They are electric. I think I might need to move up to gas. I think I will return both and rent one first time out (gas). I will see how it goes.
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Originally Posted by spinnaker View Post
...I have been working on the getting the deck cleaned for hours, It was filthy. When I first looked at it I thought the darkness was part of the wood., Until I started cleaning it, Just layers and layers of dirt! I just can't get it off.


Oh, wait, did you say "deck"? This is Foo, so I just assumed... Never mind...
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Old 04-28-16, 09:58 AM
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Sherwin-Williams DeckScapes - part paint, part stain, part wood treatment: anti-bacterial & anti-mildew. Comes in any color you want, from solid to opaque.
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Another suggestion for painting it.
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add anti skid grit to the paint?
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Don't let any of the people in Cheweybrian's videos help or you'll need a new house.
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Originally Posted by MillCreek View Post
Bleach, tri-sodium phosphate, water and a stiff-bristle deck brush.

Followed by a good pressure washing. Wait at least a week before applying anything to the wet wood
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