A beautiful wooden deck is an inviting, and decadent addition to any yard. But, if it isn't properly maintained by an expert deck cleaner in Chantilly VA, it can just as easily become an eyesore.
Anyone who has a deck knows that's it's more attractive when it's cleaned. Not only will cleaning your deck keep it looking its best, it will also help retain the wood's integrity, which will add years to the life of your deck.
One way to keep your deck looking great is simply to sweep its surface a couple times a month to remove dirt and debris. Following this simple step will make a big difference. This, in addition to a thorough cleaning and treatment once a year will work wonders.
Not sure how to get started? A Nova Deck Doctor deck cleaner in Chantilly VA will take care of everything for you. Our deck specialists are well-versed in everything deck and will be sure to get the job done right -- the first time.
For a general overview of the process, the following steps will help you get a better idea of how to keep your deck looking like new for years to come.
What You Will Need
Step #1: Prepping
Before you begin the very first thing you must do is remove every single item from your deck that can get in your way. This includes patio furniture, potted plants, your grill -- all of it should be gone.
You should also take steps to protect the delicate plants that are located on the perimeter of your deck. Cover them with a light piece of fabric to minimize their chances of being disturbed.
Our experts at Nova Deck Doctors understand that you lead a busy lifestyle and we are here to make things easier for you. A deck cleaner in Chantilly VA will do all the heavy lifting so that all you have to do is sit back and relax.
Step #2: Clearing the Deck
The actual first step will not require any tools -- all you have to do is pick up large pieces of debris and place them in a strong trash bag.
Next, pick up your broom and sweep the smaller pieces into a pile on the deck. Pick up the piles and put them in the trash bag. You will also want to take a slender tool to remove any junk that's trapped between the deck boards -- place this debris in the trash bag also.
Does this step sound tedious? Our expert deck cleaner in Chantilly, VA is here to serve all your deck-related needs, including the less-than-fun ones.
Step #3 Washing the Deck
Most homeowners have two options when it comes to washing their deck's surface and rinsing it clean: a pressure washer or a hose. Both have their own advantages and the choice really comes down to personal preference. Both options will be discussed here.
If you choose to use a garden hose, make sure it has a spray attachment. If it doesn't, you can easily buy one at your local hardware store. Once everything is ready, put the hose on its highest setting and aim it directly at the dirty spots on your deck.
After you've removed as much dirt as possible from the trouble spots, rinse the entire deck -- starting from one side and methodically working your way to the other. Make sure you also use the garden hose to get in between the deck boards and remove any debris that the slender tool may have missed.
If you prefer the pressure washer, it's important that you understand exactly how it works before you get started. Using incorrect techniques can actually cause more harm than good and may lead to expensive deck repairs.
For instance, if the nozzle is held too close to the deck, it can gouge the wood. Thus, it's important that you keep at least 3 or 4 feet in between the deck and the spray nozzle. Also, for the best effect, use a sprayer fan.
You can avoid this entirely by simply employing our expert deck cleaner in Chantilly, VA because it is during this step that our deck cleaning process Doctors changes. Instead of heavy pressure, our highly trained deck cleaner in Chantilly VA will use light chemicals to gently remove the stains that are causing your deck to look like a poor imitation of itself. Doing so will maintain the integrity of the wood and keep it looking better for a longer period of time.
Step #4: Cleaning Your Deck
If you choose to use the commercial cleaner, read the instructions on the label and proceed as directed. If you will be using the laundry detergent, here's where you will prepare your bucket of sudsy water.
Apply the solution of your choice to the deck and use a push broom or a long handled brush with stiff bristles to scrub. Begin at one side of your deck and like in the previous step, methodically work your way from one side to the other.
Use the garden hose to rinse the deck clean of dirt, remaining debris, and the cleaning solution.
Our expert deck cleaner in Chantilly VA has the knowledge and experience necessary to find the best treatment for the specific type of wood that your deck was built with. This ensures that your deck will be cleaned gently, but thoroughly, which will improve it's appearance drastically.
Step #5: Bleaching Your Deck
Before we go deeper into this step, it is important that a warning is issued. Although bleach is very useful, it's powerful properties can cause damage as well. Thus, you must make sure that you are extra careful during this step and make sure that bleach isn't spilled on your plants or clothing. Use gloves to protect your hands, this is especially essential for those who have delicate skin. Concentrated bleach can also cause wood to discolor, so you may want to use an oxygenated bleach cleaner to make your cleaning solution. In this way, you get all the benefits of bleach but without the destruction.
If you deck has mildew or algae growth, this can be eliminated using a solution of 4 parts water to 1 part bleach.
After the solution has been mixed, pour it onto the areas with the growth. If the mildew or algae fresh, the solution should sit on the area for approximately 5 minutes. But, if it seems like it's been for a long time, let the bleach sit there for at least ten or 15 minutes.
Once the time is up, use your push broom or long handled brush to scrub the area. Rinse it clean with your garden hose and let it dry.
If this method doesn't work, don't give up. Repeating the process again should take care of the issue. But, it's important to note that you should let the area dry completely before trying again. Also, be sure to scrub the area the entire time that the bleach solution is on it.
Once you are happy with the way that your deck looks, rinse it thoroughly and let it dry completely before you apply your chosen sealant -- a process that can take as long as two to three days.
During this process, our experienced deck cleaner in Chantilly, VA will use another chemical to neutralize the first one and make your wood brighter. Following this innovative two-step process will make your deck look like the day that it was installed - regardless of how old it is.
Step #6: Resealing your deck
When you take your trip to the hardware store make sure you that place a quality wood sealant in your shopping cart. There are some sealers that included mildewcide or a waterproofing agent that will give your deck protection for an entire year.
Before you begin this step, make sure that you sweep your deck once again, doing so will remove any debris that has accumulated while it was drying. Follow the instructions on the label and apply the wood sealer to the deck.
Two days after cleaning your deck, our friendly deck cleaner will visit your home in Chantilly VA to add our unique stain. In fact, it's so unique that it's only made in one factory in Merrifield. This stain is comprised of a mixture of 7 oils and we guarantee that you will reap its benefits for three years.
Step #7: Revamping Your Deck
Now it's time for arguably the most fun step in the process -- redecorating your deck. Removing everything from the deck has an additional advantage, it gives you the chance to redecorate your deck in any style that you desire for the upcoming year. Who knows? You may even inspire your neighbors to do the same.
Let the wood sealant dry according to the manufacturer's instructions. Head online to research the different deck styles that you may want to play with. Once you've gotten your design inspiration, purchase the necessary items that you will need and redecorate your deck as you see fit.
After service is complete, our deck cleaner in Chantilly VA will place all your patio furniture back in their previous positions. We respect your space and will be sure to treat all your items as if they were our own.
When your deck is finally clean, you can sit back and relax, secure in the fact that your next deck-related outdoor adventure (whether it be relaxing or BBQing with your friends) will be an aesthetically pleasing success.
If you are in need of an expert deck cleaner in Chantilly, VA, look no further than Nova Deck Doctors. We have been in business since 2011 and have quickly developed a reputation for quality workmanship, affordable prices, and great customer service. Call us today to learn how our deck specialists can be of service to you.
Now that the deck is done it is beautiful. We love the workmanship and just being able to sit out in the back of our house with friends and grill out. This company truly has our gold star approval for professionalism and quality of work.
- Sharon J.
The Deck Doctor crew worked clean and made sure all debris was removed upon completion. They even added a "sunburst" pattern to the deck railing at the entrance to give it a more inviting look.
- Scott H.
They began building our deck the same day as the permit was granted, and finished in two days and clean up was spotless. We are delighted by the quality of the materials and workmanship.
- Mr. & Mrs. Peter J