If you’ve read my post about the Luxury of Ignorance, you’ll know that I am on a mission to stop paying other people to do what I can do myself. One that might sound like a challenge is pressure washing and re-sealing the deck. Sounds really time-consuming and maybe even a little dangerous. Isn’t it better to pay the professionals?
Here’s what my deck looked like when we moved into our rental home:
It was pretty worn out and green with algae, but as renters, I didn’t want to put in a whole lot of time or money into fixing it up. At the same time, I wanted to enjoy my deck this summer and that was going to be impossible with it looking like this.
About 5 years ago, my father gave me a Karcher Pressure Washer which has become a surprisingly invaluable tool in keeping things looking clean and new. So, out came the pressure washer and out went my husband to clean up the mess. If you’ve never used a pressure washer before, be prepared to be amazed at how quickly and efficiently it removes all of that “yuck” and leaves you with a beautiful result.
So much better! Unfortunately, the job’s not quite finished yet. If you leave the deck like this, unsealed, it will revert back to Picture 1 in no time.
Out to Walmart I go to pick up some Deck Sealant and a cheap brush. It took me 4 hours to complete the sealing project (2 hours over 2 days) – not too bad….especially when you see the result:
Now I’m ready to enjoy by back yard oasis!
The Fake-It Yourself Breakdown:
DIY Pressure Wash & Re-Sealing Deck ($3 Brush, $30/2 Gallons Sealant, Pressure Washer on hand, but they run about $140.00)
Fake-It Yourself Cost: $32.00
Estimate from Professional Deck Cleaning Service ($200 Wash, $125 Sealing)
Total Fake-It Yourself Savings: $293.00