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Hey everyone, thanks for all the great info here. I just started my own small pressure washing business here in the Nashville, TN area. I didn’t know much about pressure washing before moving here from Milwaukee, WI. Honestly, the more I research, the more I realize I still do t know. However, it has always been a dream of my husband’s to have his own PW company, but he is employed full time elsewhere and I am thoroughly sick of working in an office environment with a bunch of crabby people. He actually has a huge pull behind setup, but because I am doing this solo, we got all nee equipment that is set up in the bed of my little truck. 5gpm, 3000 psi, 50gal buffer tank, surface cleaner and more all squeezed in. Sooooo, here we are. The business will solely be run by myself so I am concentrating on concrete and aggregate surfaces and house washing to start with. I cleaned a neighbors driveway and she asked me to clean her wooden deck. I was terrified as I am afraid to damage wood since I’m still learning a lot. Well, it is an OLD deck in bad shape, so I have it a shot after watching many videos on “how to”. It turned out pretty good, but I’m still nervous. Well, yesterday I finished a different patio and sidewalk job and got a referral call to give an estimate. Of course, it was for a house washing and a painted wood deck. :grimacing::grimacing::grimacing:. I actually called to decline the job in fear of not doing a proper job, but was asked to reconsider. Any tips to a newbie on cleaning a painted deck? I believe they are planning to repaint it (hence wanting it be cleaned) before it gets too hot here. Thanks in advance!


I’ve found that I can just downstream painted wood decks and rinse with light pressure and they come out clean. The growth will be on the surface and not actually in the wood, so it should come off pretty easy.

That’s what I was hoping for and what I thought I was reading, but I wanted to be sure I understood. I appreciate your reply. Thank you!

If they’re expecting to repaint then you’re golden. Let them know you’ll kill all the organics and that the painter may wish to still do some scraping/sanding. Low pressure, chems, try not to raise any fiber

Excellent- thanks much.