April 24, 2014
by Robin Steele
There’s an odd but well known old saying that there are many ways to skin a cat. I’m not sure what they’re referring to but that saying pops in my mind when I hear all the different ways people try to clean their decks. I’ve heard everything from hand scrubbing to high pressure washing to, gasp, using Clorox bleach. Before I go any further, only use Clorox if you want to bleach the color from your wood deck and corrode some of the natural wood fibers with such a corrosive material.
If you’re smart, you will have a professional clean your deck. Your deck is a big investment. Protecting your investment is not only about doing annual maintenance but it’s also about doing it right. Professional deck cleaning aims to restore your deck to looking nearly new, to remove ground in and sunk in dirt, and to protect your deck from things like rain and other debris that may cause stains from sitting too long.
We know that choosing a professional for anything is not easy. There are always a ton of choices and it’s tough to discern the real differences in what they do and whether or not they will do what they say and live up to their promises. We’ve been doing this for a long time so we’ve put together the top 8 things to look for when selecting a company to clean your deck.
- Be very wary of cheap prices
- Stay away from high pressure washing
- Make sure the company is also sealing your deck
- Ask how long they’ve been in business
- Make sure the company is insured
- Ask about the experience of the folks that will be cleaning your deck
- Ask about the cleaning substances they use
- Is the owner anywhere in sight?
Be very wary of cheap prices and stay away from high pressure cleaning
Most of us dread when we hear a knock on the door and see a truck outside overstuffed with pine straw or carrying a pressure washer or lawnmower. On the latter two, we often wonder if it’s that obvious we need some cleaning and mowing. You’ll often find a quick sales pitch – something to the tune of “just 30 bucks and I can start right now”. Like you’ve always heard, you will get 30 dollars worth of power washing or 30 dollars worth of lawn mowing. It’s not that you get the whole job, done right, for less money. You like get a quick and dirty job done and you indeed have only gotten what you paid for. With deck cleaning, this can be disastrous. You likely invested thousands of dollars in your deck and can’t afford having a fly-by-night company damage that investment.
Make sure the company is also sealing your deck
The best deck cleaning in the world can return to it’s uncleaned look fairly quickly if not sealed and not sealed correctly. Sealing your deck puts a protective seal on the work you’ve done in your deck cleaning. But equally if not more important, it protects your deck from both water and UV rays. There are two things that degrade your deck faster than a fight with a power saw – water and the sun. Using an Atlanta professional deck cleaning company that also seals your deck after cleaning is worth its weight in gold.
You may wonder if it’s a faux pas to ask about details such as how long the company has been in business, whether they’re insured, or even about the experience of the specific team that will be cleaning your deck. This is not a faux pas at all and we hope our customers ask us. Renew Crew is a national company that has been in business for over 27 years. As part of this national franchise company, you get all the experience and training that has made Renew Crew one of America’s top deck cleaning companies. But you also owe it to yourself to ask about whether that company has insurance. We’ve all heard nightmares about a contractor falling off a ladder or otherwise getting hurt on our property. Make sure to always work with an insured company.
Ask about the cleaning substances they use
Although Renew Crew of Atlanta uses cleaning materials that are developed specifically for us by a chemist in the field of cleaning substances, we can provide information about the safety of these materials. Not only do we use low pressure washing but we also use an environmentally friendly, non-chlorine formula.
May I please speak with the manager?
If you’ve dealt with enough customer service call centers, you might have had to pull out the “manager” question. Likely, that person will take care of your needs professionally, courteously, efficiently, and with great care and attention. With Renew Crew of Atlanta, you don’t have to search high and low for the owner. I make it a point to visit the locations we are cleaning to make sure everything is done right and to your satisfaction.
Don’t take it from me. Here is a recent testimonial from an Atlanta area homeowner:
I have had my fence for two years. I pressure washed it after the first year and it brought the appearance back close to where it was when I purchased it. The second year I decided to let Renew Crew clean and finish my fence. After they cleaned and treated the fence, it looked better than it did when it was first put up. Renew Crew did a great job for a very good price! I will recommend them to anyone who asks about it in the future.
Craig B, Atlanta
Enjoy your backyard space this season, Call Renew Crew of Atlanta to get your deck looking it’s best for Memorial Day.
Now is the time to have your Atlanta area deck cleaned so you can enjoy your beautiful deck throughout the entire summer. Give us a call for a free quote.
Call: 678-296-6117 or email us: firstname.lastname@example.org. We look forward to hearing from you!