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Mon Apr 09, 2007 9:16 am

hi folks, hope all had a happy Easter. If it turns warm enough this week, I plan to pressure wash our deck so I can stain it. I was wondering if any one could recommend something to clean the deck with other then buying a deck cleaning product. I dont mind buying it but if there is something I have at home that would do just as well, thats what I will do....Macmom :roll:

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Mon Apr 09, 2007 10:37 am

Hi Macmom,

Personally I use nothing other than the pressure washer. The pressure washer removes any traffic patterns that are stained onto the deck.

Others might have some cleaning products they use.

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Mon Apr 09, 2007 5:09 pm

Hi Macmom,

I agree with Yanita. I cleaned a large area of redwood fence with just water in a pressure washer and it looks great! I hate putting soap in my pressure washer because it is so hard to get it fully flushed out. When I have used cleaners, I just use the soap I bought for the pressure washer, diluted per instructions, in a bug sprayer. I let it soak and then use the pressure washer. To be honest, I don't know that it helped that much. Just water seems to clean everything. There have been problems of mildew spots on Choice-Dek type materials. I have read that bleach doesn't even work on it that well.

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Tue Apr 10, 2007 10:04 am

I would just rather use the pressure washer as well. I don't like using chemicals cause of the kids and pets. Also, if you have plants around your deck, the chemicals don't do well with most of them.
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Tue Apr 10, 2007 11:50 pm

Hi MacMom,

Just chiming in here with the same! I don't use a pressure washer. My deck is covered by faux outdoor carpeting. Oh yeah, that's on the list to get replaced, it's just not high on the list right now.

I don't use many chemicals at all. Old hippie here, mean, lean and green LOL!

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Fri Apr 13, 2007 7:52 am

Once I got a pressure washer, I wondered how I managed all those years without one. Word of caution though, if using solid stain for the wood...the pressure washer can peel it off just like it does with paint.