How to Pressure Wash Your Deck

How to Pressure Wash Your Deck

Monday, 11 October 2021 14:18

Inviting friends and family to your home is a luxury, but the preparation for hosting guests can be time-consuming. You have to clean up your home inside and out. You will have to organize your porch, store your hose, and tidy up your landscaping. Inside, you have to clean the kitchen, scrub the toilets, and put all the kids’ toys away. 

Your deck is likely to be one of the primary places in which people will gather at your get-together. That is why you built it in the first place. However,  it is easy for it to collect leaves and other debris. A layer of debris can form in a relatively short time, and just like the rest of your home, it needs to be cleaned regularly. 

To make sure your deck is presentable and help preserve its life, you can pressure wash it and often make it look as good as new!


If you do not have much experience pressure washing a deck, here are a few steps to help you get started.

How to Pressure Wash Your Deck

1. Remove all items from the deck

Before pressure washing, you should remove any items currently on your deck. 

Highly pressurized water can damage sensitive items, so remove all the chairs, tables, dog/human toys, and anything else from the deck before proceeding with your pressure washing project.

2. Apply deck brightener 

Deck brightener is an acid-based product that lowers the pH level to make the deck more acidic. When you do this, it will brighten the wood and bring out its natural color and grain. 

By using a low-pressure tip on the pressure washer, you can add the deck brightener to your entire deck. After this step, you’ll want it to sit for a few minutes before proceeding.

3. Wash the entire deck 

After you’ve applied the deck brightener, it’s time to pressure wash your deck. As opposed to the low-pressure tip used with the deck brightener, replace it with a higher pressure fan-shaped tip for this step. 

You’ll want to thoroughly clean your deck, so you can be confident you have removed the dirt and debris from all the nooks and crannies.

You will perform the pressure washing in a pattern, cleaning up-and-down and then in-and-out. This strategy will prevent you from creating more work for yourself while ensuring you don’t miss a spot. 

4. Apply the water seal 

Once you’ve washed your deck, it’s time to apply a water seal to help protect your hard work for a longer duration of time. Use a pump-up pressure sprayer to do this part. Go over the entire deck in the same manner with which you pressure washed it, so you don’t miss a spot. The water seal will usually dry within an hour or two after it has been applied.

A Few Things to Remember When Pressure Washing Your Deck

When you’re pressure washing your deck, here are a few things to keep in mind!

  1. This takes time - Pressure washing your deck isn’t a fifteen-minute clean and go. To do it right, you’ll need to dedicate time to complete all four steps. Be sure to carve out about half of a day to complete the entire process.
  2. Trex decks take special care - If you have a Trex deck, cleaning your deck will require special adjustments to ensure you do not damage it. Trex is a type of deck material that needs to be soft washed rather than power washed. You should pressure wash your Trex deck with no greater than 3100 psi, and the pressure washer should have an adjustable fan attachment and a soap dispenser. It’s important to follow these rules to maintain the Trex deck to its greatest quality.

Getting Your Deck Pressure Washed by the Professionals at HydroClean

Pressure washing your deck is an extensive process, one that requires attention to detail. Perhaps you don’t feel qualified to give your deck the proper cleaning it needs, or you just don’t have the time to dedicate to doing the job. If you need help, the professional team at HydroClean is here to help and bring the shine back to your deck.

HydroClean has provided Buncombe, Henderson, and Haywood Counties for over 21 years with our professional, expert pressure washing services. Whether it’s pressure washing or the soft washing that your Trex deck requires, we are here to help. 

Along with decks, we can also clean your gutters, roofs, driveways, sidewalks, patios, and other parts of your home’s exterior. We pride ourselves on making the process as easy for our clients as possible while providing the highest quality pressure washing services.

Please feel free to contact us to discuss how we can help you keep your deck and your home clean.