Using a Pressure Cleaner And Tips For Wooden Surfaces
Do you envy the absolutely shiny, clean and stain free wooden deck newly installed at your neighbor's house next door? Do you want to have your own wooden deck and floors overhauled to get nearly the same look and feel? Older wooden surfaces of course cannot rival a new one, but you can get as close to a new one if treated with a pressure cleaner. Routine mopping and cleaning is not enough to do that and once in a while a proper wash with a pressure washer is required to do the trick.
Once you decide to have your wooden surfaces treated to a pressure cleaner, it is advisable to learn more about the right cleaner with suitable nozzle tips for your particular application. Don't just rush out to hire or buy the first available pressure cleaning equipment until you have learned more.
When cleaning wooden decks never use the smallest tip on the nozzle or it will strip the wood off the deck. Talk to pressure cleaning experts or read up a little to select the right tip when pressure cleaning decks or you may end up doing more damage than cleaning and ruin something that does not come cheap. Some pressure cleaner manufacturers color code the tips for different applications and stainless steel tips come with degrees marked on them for convenience. They are usually marked from 0 to 40 degrees and it is advisable for amateur cleaners to stick to either 15 or 25 degrees when cleaning decks. Always stand some distance away from the cleaning surface when using the pressure cleaner; otherwise you are adding that extra bit more pressure when the water stream travels a very short distance resulting in damage to softer surfaces like cedar wood.
Foam emulsifiers that are based on citrus are probably the best pressure cleaning agent to work against the stains on wooden decks especially so with cedar wood floorings. It is always prudent to be very careful when working with soft woods, because they are delicate and require deft handling. Even with a forty five degree nozzle tip, you have to be extremely careful about the distance from the target, the sweep action and motion of the cleaning nozzle and duration of the water stream on a particular cleaning spot. If you are not careful, the soft wood tends to strip from the onslaught of the water pressure, defeating the very purpose of the cleaning process. Foam emulsifiers are gentler on the soft wood and hangs pretty well for a decent cleaning job.
All type of wooden fences, barns, wooden homes, gazebos and decks are suitable for foam emulsifiers. Don't just blast away with the pressure cleaner. Instead let the foam stay for some time before letting loose with the pressure cleaner. Make sure to use more environmental friendly and green cleaning agents in place of caustic and harsh chemicals, which are harmful for both the wood and environment.
Do it yourself enthusiasts are advised to be very careful and gain some skill before attempting to clean their wooden surfaces with the pressure cleaner and if you are not confident about your ability then it is best to leave it to a professional.