Potomac Falls VA Deck Wash & Seal

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Potomac Falls VA Deck Cleaner

Rain, sunshine, dust, debris, mildew, and algae all play a role in the deterioration of your deck. Thus, it's important for homeowners to enlist the help of an experienced deck cleaner in Potomac Falls VA to clean your deck and bring it back to its original level of beauty and prestige.

If you choose to undertake this task on your own, it is important to understand that this may not be as easy as it sounds. To help you get a better idea of what this task will entail, check out the following directions to help you get your deck looking like new again.

What You Will Need:

  • 80- grit sandpaper
  • Stain and sealer
  • Deck cleaner
  • Clear plastic
  • Rubber gloves
  • Safety mask
  • Googles
  • Paint roller
  • Paint brush
  • Putty knife
  • Power or pole sander
  • Garden hose
  • Broom
  • Hammer
  • Deck screws
  • Pressure Washer (optional)
  • Pump sprayer (optional)

** You should be able to find all these tools in your local hardware store. If you cannot afford a pressure washer, never fear, there are some stores that will allow you to rent one for a small fee.

You can avoid all this hassle by calling an experienced deck cleaner at Nova Deck Doctors for your deck in Potomac Falls, VA. This will not only ensure that the job gets done right the first time but it will also help you get back to enjoying your deck faster.

1st Step: Water Test

The easiest way to find out whether the wood is able to absorb finish or sealer is with a water test. To give your deck this test, all you have to do is sprinkle a little bit on water onto its surface. If the water stays on your deck or beads up, it may not need to be sealed quite yet. But, if it the water is immediately absorbed, then it should be sealed as soon as possible to prevent damage to the integrity of the wood.

Our deck cleaner in Potomac Falls VA has the experience necessary to determine exactly what your deck needs to look its best. After our analysis, we will use our innovative products to ensure that your wood gleams, shines, and lasts for years to come.

2nd Step: Applying the Deck Cleaner

If the boards on your deck have begun to gray, there is only one culprit: ultraviolet rays. A trained deck cleaner, like the ones at Nova Deck Doctors, in Potomac Falls, VA will remove all the nail stains, dirt, mildew, and algae from your wood.

Because the lack of preparation is the biggest reason that deck stains fail to work, it is essential that you call on an experienced deck cleaner in Potomac Falls, VA to clean your deck thoroughly, especially if your deck is older. In the meantime, here are the steps you must follow to clean your deck on your own:

  • Remove all patio furniture and other large items from your deck
  • Use the pole sander and sandpaper to sand the splinters off your deck. During this step, you will also want to replace or repair any damaged boards. But, before you begin, be sure to hammer in any nails that are popping out. You can also replace them with deck screws. It is important you wear safety glasses and a dust mask during this step. Not the handiest individual that you know? A deck cleaner at Nova Deck Doctors in Potomac Falls, VA can help. We will take all the steps necessary to ensure that deck looks like new once again.
  • Use a putty knife to clean between the cracks of the boards and sweep all debris from your deck.
  • Wet the shrubs and plants that lie on the perimeter of your deck and cover them with the plastic sheeting to prevent damage.
  • Use a stiff-bristled push broom, garden sprayer, or paint roller to apply your chosen cleaner to the deck, but don't let it puddle.
  • It's important to note that some cleaners require that the deck's surface be damp before application and some require that it be dry. To avoid any confusion, use your preferred cleaner per manufacturer's instructions.
  • Make sure that the deck is saturated with cleaner, you must not let it dry. To ensure that you follow this step properly, enlist the help of a friend or family member.
  • Use a broom or stiff brush to scrub any tough areas but be careful not to use a wire broom or brush. The bristles can embed themselves in the wood, where they will eventually cause rust spots to form.
  • Let the cleaner soak into the wood for about ten more minutes. The exact time should be indicated on the product label.
  • Use a pressure washer or a garden hose to remove all traces of the deck cleaner. If you choose to use a pressure washer, it's important that you learn how to use it beforehand. These tools are very powerful and if you are not careful you will damage your deck.
  • Use soapy water to wash off the equipment that you used. Take this opportunity to rinse off the plastic sheeting, remove it, and place it somewhere safe to dry.
  • Let your deck dry for two days.

** When cleaning your deck, be sure to follow all safety precautions. Wear long pants, a long-sleeved shirt, and safety goggles. It's also important that you stay away from open-toed shoes or sandals.

If you are unable to do this satisfactorily, call an experienced deck cleaner in Potomac Falls VA and save yourself some hassle. We have been in business since 2011 and we are dedicated to providing our clients with the best.

3rd Step: Applying the Stain

Before you apply your chosen stain, make your that you read the manufacturer's instructions. The amount of time that it will take to dry will vary based on the amount of humidity in the air as well as the temperature. Also, be sure the examine the deck boards for any popped-up nails or split boards, as they will require extra repairs. To make the job easier, check out these extra tips:

  • Avoid applying the stain in direct sunlight. Doing so will cause the finish to dry too fast, which will prevent it from being aborted in the wood properly.
  • Use the water test every 3 or months to make sure that your sealer is working correctly
  • Sweep the debris off your deck at least once a month
  • If your deck is brand new and made out of treated lumber, wait a couple of weeks before sealing it for the first time
  • If you've replaced any damaged boards, keep in mind that the new wood and the old wood won't be the same shade. Thus, you must use a semi-transparent or opaque stain for best results.
  • If you don't want to use a sealer or stain, consider a resurfacer instead. This type of finish is like a thick paint and will hide the wood grain. If you choose this option, apply it with a roller or a brush.

Instead of rushing through this step, call on the experts to help. Our experienced deck cleaner will be at your home two days after cleaning your deck to stain it with our innovative sealant. This sealant is made up of 7 healthy oils that your wood will love. But, that's not the best part -- this solution will keep your deck protected for not one, but three, years! How can you beat that?

Without further ado, here are the steps to take in order to properly apply stain to your deck.

  • Check the weather forecast. You will need at least two days of dry weather, with temperatures ranging anywhere from 50 and 90 degrees Fahrenheit, for best results.
  • Cover all plants that are around your deck with plastic sheeting. Cover the siding as well.
  • Sweep away any debris that may have accumulated during the drying process.
  • Stir the stain thoroughly but be sure not to shake it. Shaking the product will cause bubbles to show up in the finish, which will affect the uniformity of your coat.
  • Use a paint roller to apply a thin layer of sealer. Go over the section again; two thin coats are better than one thick coat that won't dry or adhere properly. For difficult areas like cracks, end grain, railings, and steps, use a paint brush. Follow these steps to stain your entire deck. To make sure that the finish doesn't puddle, call in your friend or family member for help during this step.
  • Rinse the plastic sheeting with your garden hose and remove.
  • Let the deck dry completely.

Following the above steps will have your deck looking as if it were cleaned by a professional. But, if you don't have the time, tools, or the patience to do this properly, call an expert deck cleaner Nova Deck Doctors in Potomac Falls VA today.

See what some of our customers think

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.
Arlington, VA

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.
Alexandria, VA

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
Arlington, VA

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