Do you have a deck, fence, or house that needs a little TLC? Are you considering repainting your home’s exterior, but dread the thought of hand scraping loose paint? Power washing with a pressure washer offers a way to prepare a surface for painting or staining without spending a lot of time and elbow grease. Say you want to re-stain an outdoor deck in your front yard. Perhaps you’ve just purchased a home and the previous stain job on your deck has seen better days. Maybe the once beautifully stained wood is now faded and dull from the sun, wind, rain, and snow. High traffic areas show signs of the constant wear and tear from back and forth walking, and it’s time to apply a fresh coat of paint or stain.
Prepping for Paint/Stain
The first step to take when preparing to paint or stain your deck is to remove all furniture and equipment and thoroughly clean the surface. Or, you might wash down the furniture first, then remove it. Either way, this is where a pressure washer makes short work of an otherwise daunting task, removing dirt, mildew, algae, mold, leaf marks, and other stains. Start in one corner of the deck and work your way across the planks with the pressure washer, making multiple passes over each section of decking. Let the surface dry completely to ensure it will receive the new paint or stain. Once thoroughly dry, sweep it off to remove any dust or debris, then apply your new coat.
Typical Uses for a Pressure Washer
Pressure washers are a great item to rent for various spring and fall cleaning projects; they are often rented for paint/stain preparation or general cleaning of decks, fences, houses, etc. They have many other uses too, so you might maximize your use while you have the pressure washer on rent. Common uses for pressure washers include cleaning walkways, front steps, driveways, windows, trucks, RVs, boats, outdoor furniture, lawn mowers and other power equipment, home exteriors that are vinyl or brick, and garage floors.
How to Operate a Pressure Washer
Using a pressure washer is fairly simple and, at the time of your rental, our team will train you on its use. Here’s a simple operational demo video, which might help if this is your first time using a pressure washer or need a refresher of your training:
Open the Door to Spring!
If you’re ready to tackle the job of re-painting or re-staining your outdoor deck, or have other cleaning projects in mind, call Bill’s Equipment & Supply, Inc. to ask any questions you might have about using a pressure washer to make your job easier. We’ll save you the expense of buying, maintaining, and storing a pressure washer that you don’t need year-round. Contact us today and reserve a pressure washer for your project.