If cleanliness is next to godliness, staining a deck should be a heavenly experience. But, if you opt to sand your deck first, the dust-raising experience can leave you squinting like a one-eyed pirate.
Sanding your deck may achieve the desired result, but the gritty experience is less than desirable. The deep-cleaning action of a pressure washer will remove ground-in dirt, mold, and mildew without all the mess.
Use a mid-sized pressure washer with at least 2400 PSI of pressure. Smaller models will work, but you'll definitely appreciate a canyon-clearing stream of a mid- to large-sized model versus a small water pick.
You'll be using your deck all summer long so you want it looking its finest. You don't want any streaks, but it can be difficult to achieve a consistent clean with a spray gun. Good news, Sprayglide® can help. This inexpensive roller will reduce fatigue, helping you achieve evenly clean surfaces.
Sprayglide® fastens with commercial-grade Velcro and allows the user to adjust the spray height for the ideal setting relative to their physical height, the pressure washer's PSI, and spray wand length. The spray can be pointed safely away from the user, and the spray distance from the surface can be easily adjusted as needed.