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Cleaning Wood With a Pressure Washer

28 March 2022

Village Family Clinic - Pressure Washer To Clean Wood

Pressure washing is a fantastic way to bring your wood deck or fence back to life. As a bonus, it’s a project you can easily complete in a weekend.

Here’s what you’ll need.

  • A gas-powered pressure washer—you can use an electric power washer, but keep in mind that the job will take longer
  • A green-tipped nozzle for a 25-degree spray
  • The wood sealer of your choice

If this is your first time working with a pressure washer, we highly recommend you do a spot test before beginning your project in earnest. Most fences and decks are constructed from relatively soft woods, such as pine or cedar. It’s easy to strip off more of the surface than you intended.

Here are our tips for getting results you’ll be proud of.

  • Move the pressure washer’s wand in an even, up-and-down motion.
  • For the most even cleaning, try not to let the spray linger in any one place. As you’re getting the hang of it, you may need to make a couple of passes over the same spot. That’s a much better option than getting too aggressive and damaging the wood.
  • Don’t stop the spray in the middle of a board. Wait until you’re at the top or bottom.
  • Likewise, don’t start spraying in the middle of a board.
  • Use overlapping strokes to avoid visible lines.

Once you’ve finished pressure washing, it’s time to seal the wood to protect it from the elements. But first, let the wood dry for at least a day.

Ready to rent a pressure washer? Contact Monnick Supply in Marlborough or Framingham, MA.



Marlborough Store

135 Maple Street,
Marlborough, MA
Call (508) 318-4788


Mon-Sat 7:00am to 5:00pm

Framingham Store

759 Waverly Street,
Framingham, MA
Call (508) 386-9876


Mon-Sat 7:00am to 5:00pm

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135 Maple St.
Marlborough MA 01752
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(508) 318-4788
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Sat 7am - 5:30pm
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759 Waverly St.
Framingham MA 01702
United States
(508) 386-9876
Mon-Fri 7am - 6pm
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Sun 10am - 4pm