So, you’re a Jacksonville homeowner getting ready for some spring and summer fun in the back yard. You’ve got the grill out, it’s all cleaned up and ready to produce your masterpiece home cooked secret barbecue recipe for friends and family. You dust the cobwebs and fall’s leaves from the patio furniture, and yet it just doesn’t feel right.Boston Deck Staining offers excellent info on this.
Looking around, you’re thinking, “the patio furniture could use a pressure washing, but our deck looks just horrible”. Your deck has turned an ugly gray color, the stain has faded, or is maybe chipping, peeling, and flaking in a number of areas. Upon further inspection, you realize your deck is not only dirty and gray, but has some grease stains from last year’s barbecue, and even has some mold starting to grow on it.
You realize it’s just not going to be fun cooking out with friends and family on such a deck. The mold, dirt, and gray wood just aren’t conducive to a pleasant back yard barbecue environment. Not to mention, they aren’t exactly healthy or fun to look at. So what do you do?
You have several options. First, you can simply pressure wash your deck, being very cautious to use very low pressure, but the grease, mold and dirt won’t always just wash away without proper cleaning agents. Of course, use of the right cleaning agents requires special knowledge, because things like bleach can actually soften the lignin, which is the glue that helps hold wood fibers together. Over time, cleaning with bleach can hasten the break down and aging of the wood’s surface.
You can also go through the process of removing any old finish, cleaning the wood, killing the mold, and applying new stain, but what do you clean it with? What do you use to get rid of the old stain on your deck? What do you do to get rid of the mold? Can you guarantee a good result? If the old coating is peeling, do you want to apply the same stuff and have it peeling again? What kind of finishes are available, and what will look best on your deck?
If all of these questions about staining your deck are going through your head, it probably is time to contact a professional about your project. Sure, you could spend hours upon hours of your free time doing it all yourself, but it’s also going to take hours and hours of research about deck cleaning, deck staining, different types of deck stains, deck cleaning chemicals, etc.
Then you’ll have to deal with proper application, protecting plants and landscaping, your home, and other areas you don’t want to get chemicals onto. Not to mention, you’ll want to properly protect yourself, because deck cleaning chemicals can be hazardous if they are inhaled, ingested, or get onto your skin.
You can easily get advice at any one of a number of different home centers, and their staff will help walk you through much of the process of cleaning and staining a deck. One of the problem with home centers is their staff is often low wage, with minimal knowledge about real world application and procedures. Different home centers may require different training or experience, and you may get lucky and run into an hourly employee who knows something about your particular type of project. Then again, you may not.