When it’s time to clean your wood deck in preparation for refinishing, a chemical deck brightener applied by hand-scrubbing may not do the job of deep cleaning, but a pressure washer will.
A pressure washer is a straightforward machine that can clean very well with only water. However, it can ruin your deck if it’s not used properly. This is a tool that is powerful enough to etch brick, but in the right hands, it can be gentle enough to wash siding. If you use it with too much jet pressure or place the tip too close to the surface of your deck, you can deeply etch the wood and cause the fibers to splinter. Take some time to become familiar with the machine before you unleash that cleaning power on your deck.
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A pressure washer has many uses around the home, but if you prefer not to own one, you can always rent one from a home improvement center or tool rental outlet. The typical cost of a rental for one day is $40 to $100.
Source: The Spruce