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04-12-2003, 04:30 PM
i have the opp. to bid a job this mon. gentleman has a cedar deck. two level w/rails and steps. about 1200 sq. ft. what pressure should i use to clean.? sorry if i'm off subject. thanks if any one can advise.kevin

04-12-2003, 11:01 PM

One place to get a lot more information is



04-13-2003, 09:57 AM
one thing you should look into is, if your state requires a license for applying wood preservative stains.

Wood preservatives are considered 'pesticides' and may require a special pesticide license for commercial applicators.

04-19-2003, 04:20 PM
I charge $1.50-$2.00 per sq. ft. for decks anywhere from 150-400 sq. ft. A 1200 sq. ft. deck is very large. I would give them a little bit better rate per sq. ft. due to that size.
Since cedar is a very soft wood you have to be extremely careful to not use too much pressure or get to close with the wand. I have seen cedar decks that have grooves cut in them from pressure washers. Also, is the deck currently covered in a solid stain, semi-transparent, or not protected at all? If you are stripping off a solid color stain it is much more time consuming. What type of stain are you using? I recommend Cuprinol, sold by Sherwin Williams. Stay away from the ones sold in HD or Lowe's

04-19-2003, 04:34 PM
thanks dave!! happy easter.