Renew Crew of West Atlanta

Atlanta deck cleaning, protecting & staining, exterior wood, fences, siding, gutters, concrete, pavers & exterior wood furniture.

March 6, 2014
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Flagstone, natural Stone, and cultured stone Atlanta outdoor cleaning. Can they look good as new again?

Buckhead outdoor fireplace cleaning before after

Buckhead stone outdoor fireplace cleaned by Renew Crew of Atlanta

If you have a stunning hardscape, pathway stones, a paver patio, or a stone outdoor fireplace, you obviously love using natural materials. In fact, they’re all very popular and for good reason – they’re stunning and long lasting. Atlanta homeowners are investing in their outdoor living areas because they want to be more in tune with nature and with their outdoor surroundings. What better materials to use than natural or cultured stone? Stone, whether natural or cultured, is a highly sought after outdoor living material choice throughout the Atlanta area. We love the look of stack stone outdoor fireplaces, stone seating and retaining walls, and using flagstone in patios and walkways. The lack of uniformity from one piece of stone to the next is is the beauty of the medium.

weathering effects on natural stone fireplace in Atlanta

This is a stone surface of a very upscale, and not that old, outdoor fireplace.

But, when we have a builder design and install our new space, we often don’t think about how we’re going to maintain it or if a maintenance option is available. After all, with some surfaces, weathering and aging give the surfaces character and even more charm. But what about when that aging includes mold, mildew, staining, or presumed fading? If you take a look at the picture above, you will see the subtle but beautiful color variation from stone to stone. Believe it or not, the image on the right above is the “after” photo. The one on the left is how the outdoor fireplace looked when we arrived. The after photo looks as good as new.

Flagstone is another very popular surface that is defined by the color variations within a particular lot. While the flagstone might be from a lot from an Oklahoma collection, an Arizona collection, or a Tennessee collection, those lots are grouped by the particular hue. These might include Oklahoma buff peach, Tennessee gray, Arizona buckskin, or Pennsylvania bluestone. As you can see in the picture below, all the beautiful natural variation of the flagstone was dulled by dirt and dust that had adhered to the surface over time and use.

Buckhead flagstone cleaned by Renew Crew

Take a look at the way the natural color variation of this flagstone came back to life.

Regardless of the stone you have in your pathway, entryway, or in your hardscape, here is a way to see if it needs to be cleaned. Can you see the natural color variation present in natural stone? Do you see any green hue attached to particular areas that likely are mold or mildew? Do you see any stray dark marks that indicate staining? If you know the stone has a lot of natural variation, has the variation dulled to where the color looks more uniform than desired? You may also notice the remnants of a botched cleaning attempt. These may include streaked lines where someone tried to clean the surface using a high pressure spray. A high pressure washer should never be used to try to clean any outdoor surfaces! You may also notice a “clean stain”. This may be an area where someone tried to use Clorox to clean an area and instead bleached or damaged the material. Another note… don’t ever try to use bleach to clean an outdoor surface.

You might be wondering how Renew Crew of Atlanta cleans these surfaces. There are a couple key steps. The first step is a gentle but effective cleaning that will both lift the ground in surface dirt and also wash it away. Make sure the company has a cleaning product that is safe on your surface and safe on your environment. The last thing you want is a clean surface but badly damaged surrounding landscape. After successful cleaning, Renew Crew applies a protective seal that even further enhances the natural color of your surface. The protective seal should keep your surface looking good for one or more years.

Bret Kristi Deck cleaning Atlanta

Bret & Kristi Johnson of Renew Crew of Atlanta – formerly Wood Renew of Atlanta

If you are looking for someone to clean your Atlanta area outdoor stone surfaces, give us a call for a free quote.

Call: 678-296-6117

Email us: westmetroatlanta@renewcrewclean.com

Take a look at our hardscape, stone, and patio cleaning page on our website

 

February 12, 2014
by robin
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Does your driveway have oil AND leaf stains? One cleaning process does not clean all. Read more!

Atlanta concrete cleaning concrete washingLike washing your laundry, one cleaning process absolutely does not fit all cleaning needs. Does your driveway or do your concrete walkways have different stains? Most likely you will have leaf stains after this fall and winter. You may also have oil stains or other inorganic and organic stains. Each takes a different cleaning process and it takes a trained professional eye to know what to use.

With your laundry, you are very careful about when, how, and how much bleach you use. Put it on one color and it does the job like no other. Put it on another and it will not only get the stain out but will take the color with it. Also, we all know there are some spot cleaners that leave a mark themselves. Perhaps they only leave a mark if left on the garment too long or too much is applied. The same is true of cleaning the concrete areas around your home. There is no one size fits all cleaner for concrete.

How about high pressure washing? That gets out everything right?

High pressure washing has its drawbacks. Most of the time, low pressure washing is what you need. The high pressure can cause problems like streaks and lines where different pressure was used. In addition, water alone will not get rid of all stains. We can spray a ground in stain as long as we want but if the spot is truly a stain and has discolored the surface, water will not remove the stain. Water is good for debris but not for stains.

Atlanta concrete cleaningPlease don’t forget to seal

Wouldn’t it be great if when we cleaned our laundry, we had some confidence that it would be impervious to the same stains in the future? That’s the great thing about cleaning hard surfaces – or should I say that’s the great thing about cleaning them right. A professional hard surface cleaner will also seal the surface after it’s stained. This keeps the surface looking good long after. You will be amazed when leaves not only don’t stain but often don’t even stick to your concrete surface after it has been sealed. The next rain often seems to lift them away. Now, we can’t guarantee this but that’s what we see in the concrete surfaces we’ve seen.

How long does it last?

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Bret & Kristi Johnson of Renew Crew of Atlanta – formerly Wood Renew of Atlanta

It depends. There are many variables such as trees, mud, and algae. Probably a good rule of thumb is to re-clean your driveway about once each year. The best time to do it is in the very early spring or late winter. Give us a call and get on the schedule to have your concrete cleaned now.

January 22, 2014
by robin
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Renew Crew of Atlanta offers community, neighborhood and HOA discounts on deck cleaning and fence cleaning

Renew Crew Atlanta fence cleaningSpring is coming quicker than you know. Take a look out your back door and see how your deck and fence are looking. Does your HOA have requirements about cleaning your fence? Even if they don’t, now is the time to have your deck and fence professionally cleaned. Not only will they look good now, but they’ll still be looking good a year later. Here’s the reason why. Whereas traditional power washing or pressure washing remove surface dirt, they don’t provide any protectant or sealant to continue to keep your deck sealed and protected.

If you live in a large residential community or even a smaller neighborhood, we are happy to set up a neighborhood discount of $50 or more depending on the number of neighbors or community residents looking for cleaning. In addition to deck and fence cleaning, our services include cleaning just about any outdoor surface including:

  • wood deck cleaning
  • fence cleaning
  • concrete cleaning
  • paver cleaning
  • hardscape cleaning
  • driveway cleaning
  • walkway cleaning
  • outdoor stone cleaning including flagstone
  • outdoor furniture cleaning
  • dock cleaning
  • siding cleaning
  • outdoor playset cleaning

Atlanta Tributary pergola clubhouse cleaningHOA’s or residents can give us a call for cleaning throughout the community. In addition to cleaning the outdoor surfaces at individual homes, we also provide services for outdoor common areas such as decks, patios, walkways, as well as outdoor furniture and outdoor structures such as pergolas.

Bret Kristi Deck cleaning Atlanta

Bret & Kristi Johnson of Renew Crew of Atlanta – formerly Wood Renew of Atlanta

Call before 2/28/14 to set up a discount for your neighborhood.

Call: 678-296-6117

Visit our website: atlanta.renewcrewclean.com

Email us: westmetroatlanta@renewcrewclean.com

 

December 4, 2013
by robin
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Do you need to clean your Atlanta deck before staining and sealing it? YES!

You absolutely have to clean your deck before staining and sealing it. First you have to think about your goal in staining or sealing. With staining, your goal is to get the deck to look refreshed and renewed and similar to the way it looked when it was new.

The Renew Crew difference in action

See the Renew Crew difference before and after cleaning this wood deck

If you put dark colored stain on top of a dirty deck, you will get a dirty deck that’s a little darker. But seriously, stain is made to be applied to clean dry wood. Contaminants such as surface dirt, ground in dirt, mold, and mildew will keep the stain from adhering to the wood. Worse, since these contaminants are probably uneven, you will get a blotched look.

Take a look at the picture to the right and imagine applying stain to the dirty side of the deck. The next question becomes how do you clean a deck or other wood with dirt, mildew and grime on the surface? It’s important that a gentle cleansing process be used. But this gentle process also needs to be effective in not only lifting the surface dirt but working on the ground-in dirt so it can also be lifted and removed.

pool deck cleaning before and after

Take a look at this pool deck and what needed to be removed before staining and sealing

Should you use chemicals from around the house to clean your deck? No.

There are many chemical cleaners available in addition to the cleaning chemicals you’ll find around your house. Do we recommend these? No. At Renew Crew, we’ve developed our own proprietary cleaning foam that softens grey wood fibers so they can be gently rinsed away. Our foam then clings to the surface for deep soaking to emulsify and lift away embedded dirt. Looking at the pool deck to the left, can you imagine trying to stain the deck with the way it looked before Renew Crew cleaned, stained, and sealed it? No stain would have adhered to the surface nor would the sealer.

Should you stain your deck if you’re not planning to seal it? No.

make your Atlanta deck look new againAs we’ve said in previous posts, wood has a few enemies – the biggest of which are sun and rain. Our colorant has built-in UV protection to keep the sun’s harmful rays from degrading and aging your outdoor wood on your deck, fence, pergola or other outdoor structure. Outdoor wood’s second enemy is water. A deck is a flat surface so not only does it receive the full brunt of rain or other condensation but that water will also pool on the deck continuing to damage your deck. At Renew Crew, we seal every surface after we clean and protect it. While a newly cleaned and stained deck may look good for a while, it may need to be recleaned/resealed after a year or so. A deck that is professionally cleaned and sealed may not need cleaning and sealing for another 3 years. Just imagine the savings of not having to maintain your deck annually. Your best bet is to take a portion of that money and pay to have your deck professionally cleaned, protected, and sealed.

Is there a good time to have your Atlanta deck professionally cleaned and sealed? Now.

The good thing about our Atlanta winters is they are fairly moderate. We can clean your Atlanta deck during the colder months of December or January or even in the hottest months of July and August. But while you’re thinking about it, go ahead and give us a call to get a quote on your deck cleaning, fence cleaning, our other outdoor surface cleaning.

Bret Kristi Deck cleaning Atlanta

Bret & Kristi Johnson of Renew Crew of Atlanta – formerly Wood Renew of Atlanta

Give us a ring now.

Call: 678-296-6117
westmetroatlanta@renewcrewclean.com
atlanta.renewcrewclean.com
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November 27, 2013
by robin
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Will your home pass the ultimate white glove test – from your family?

before after Atlanta patio cleaning and sealing

Take a look at this paver driveway before (inset) and after cleaning. The driveway now looks brand new.

For whatever reason, having your own family come to your home strikes fear in the hearts of just about anyone. We have our friends come over, we entertain, and open our homes up to other guests and we don’t worry nearly as much as we do when our family come to town.

This Thanksgiving and Christmas, if your relatives are visiting, you’ve probably taken out the white glove to test for dust and marks of any sort throughout every surface of your home. But have you thought about any surface marks on your outdoor spaces – especially your driveway and front walk? While some family may never see the guest bathroom or another room you’ve cleaned, absolutely every guests will traverse your driveway and front walk. The good news, is you can call us to make them look as good as new. In fact, they may look so good that your family wonders if you’ve replaced those areas.

There are a few front-of-house surfaces that you may want to consider. The driveway and front path should be the top 2 on the list. At Renew Crew of Atlanta, we clean just about any surface. We can clean the floor of your front porch or patio. We can clean any stone steps or stonework on the facade of your home. We can clean vinyl siding, brick facades, or other surface facades on your home.

Buckhead Atlanta GA flagstone cleaning before after 2

Take a look at the way this flagstone walkway and stone stairway cleaned up just in time for holiday entertaining. We can clean everything from the columns on your home to the siding, to the walkways and the driveways. Call us now to make sure to get in before the next holiday. You might be wondering how long the cleaned and sealed surface will look this good. We have great news, your newly cleaned and sealed surface won’t need to be touched up again for 1-3 years or even more depending on the surface. We can give you more information when you call for your free quote.

Bret Kristi Deck cleaning Atlanta

Bret & Kristi Johnson of Renew Crew of Atlanta – formerly Wood Renew of Atlanta

Give us a ring now.

Call: 678-296-6117
westmetroatlanta@renewcrewclean.com
atlanta.renewcrewclean.com
See more pictures on our Pinterest page
Take a look at our new Houzz page!

November 22, 2013
by robin
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Cleaning an outdoor fireplace in the Buckhead area of Atlanta

If you have an outdoor fireplace at your Buckhead or Atlanta area home, do you notice how different the stones look from when the fireplace was first installed? Sometimes it’s hard to see the difference because the change is so slow. Some darkening of the stones may not be noticed but stains and mold may be apparent after a couple years. The thought of cleaning may bring to mind a couple questions and concerns. When trying to clean mold, you may wonder if it’s safe to use bleach to clean your stone or brick outdoor structures. Do not use bleach! Bleach is very caustic. It may cause uneven bleaching and it only works on surface materials. You may have noticed this if you’ve tried to use bleach to clean a deck. The cleaner look is always short lived because it only works on the surface dirt/mold and not the ground in or aged surface buildup.

Buckhead outdoor fireplace cleaning before after

As you’re considering whether your hardscape can be cleaned, you undoubtedly will wonder what tool or implement to use for cleaning. Should you use a scrub brush or even a small or wire brush to get inbetween the stones. Then you have to worry about ladders and reaching the higher areas.

The good news is when you hire Renew Crew, you don’t need to worry about any of these things. Read more about each of these below.

  1. No bleach
  2. Gentle cleansing
  3. Effective cleansing
  4. No brushes
  5. No ladders
  6. Don’t forget the sealing

No bleach

When considering which chemicals are safe to use for cleaning any outdoor surfaces, it’s always best to trust a professional. At Renew Crew of Atlanta, we have researched and tested extensively to find the safest and most effective cleaning product on the market. We use Techniseal cleaners in our process. Using a professional dedicated to outdoor cleaning with those particular surfaces will ensure that you protect your investment in your outdoor surfaces.

Gentle cleansing

While stones appear to be a very hard and solid surface, do you need to worry about what type of brush you use and if the brush might cause damage to the stones? Absolutely. Whether stone, brick, concrete, wood, or siding – you absolutely need to worry about the type of brush as it relates to not causing damage to the material being cleaned. A company that’s trained and experienced in cleaning outdoor surfaces will have a gentle cleaning process that protects the surfaces while cleaning.

Effective cleansing

As we mentioned above when talking about bleach, some chemicals or cleaning processes will remove only the surface dirt only and will not clean the set in staining and dirt. If you’ve ever cleaned a carpet, you know that even though the top of the fibers are clean, the stain can still be lurking below the surface and can cause problems later. Effective cleaning loosens even the more “baked in” materials for the most effective cleaning.

No brushes

Don’t worry about whether you need a toothbrush, a scrub brush, a wire brush, a cloth, or a sponge. We will take care of that. Our commercial cleaners are designed to loosen dirt on hardscape surfaces and to do it safely, gently and effectively.

No ladders

The stunning outdoor fireplace above is stunning, regal, and quite tall requiring some special equipment to effectively clean those hard to reach places. Your outdoor cleaning professional will take care of that for you. You won’t need to be worry about reaching or steps or ladders.

Whatever you do, don’t forget the sealing!

All the great cleaning in the world will not protect the surface for long if it’s not professionally sealed. The sealing process keeps the dirt and grime from getting right back in. It also makes the surface more water resistant. Renew Crew seals every surface we protect to ensure that your cleaning investment goes a long way. Depending on the outdoor surface, some won’t need to be cleaned again for another 2-5 years.

Take a look at another before and after picture of this gorgeous outdoor living oasis in Buckhead.

Atlanta GA Buckhead deck flagstone restore

Bret Kristi Deck cleaning Atlanta

Bret & Kristi Johnson of Renew Crew of Atlanta – formerly Wood Renew of Atlanta

Give us a ring for a quote on cleaning all your outdoor surfaces. Call us at 678-296-6117, email us at westmetroatlanta@renewcrewclean.com or visit our website at http://atlanta.renewcrewclean.com. We look forward to providing you with a quote.

November 13, 2013
by robin
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This Buckhead back yard gets a big restoration and it looks fabulous!

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The happiest dog in Buckhead

Hardscapes and grand outdoor living areas are the hallmark of today’s fabulous outdoor living areas. Here in Buckhead, you’ll see fabulous outdoor living areas including not just decks or patios but also outdoor fireplaces, fire pits, pergolas and the like. You’ll also see furniture that’s nothing like the outdoor furniture you grew up with. Fabulous materials including teaks and wickers create for indoor looking furniture outside.

These outdoor living areas come with sizable investments. We’ve seen so many of these spaces wither away with age and dingy grime, graying, dirt, and just time. But it doesn’t have to be that way.

Take a look at the before and after picture below. The deck is made of Ipe which is a Brazilian hardwood. Like other woods, it will gray over time if not maintained annually. You can see the difference in the deck cleaning but also in the stonework cleaning. Pavers, cobbles, and all types of stone can be cleaned and renewed to look like they did originally. But, you must have a professional cleaning company come in. A professional cleaning company won’t come in with a big bucket and big brush. And, if they did, that wouldn’t work. A professional company also won’t come in with a power washer. Be careful not to let anyone use a power washer to clean your outdoor masterpiece. Power washers can groove, remove grout, and cause a myriad of other problems.

Atlanta GA Buckhead deck flagstone restore

In the next before and after photo, you’ll see not only the cleaned Ipe deck but also the cleaned teak furniture and restored outdoor stone fireplace. We bet you didn’t think it could look that good.

Atlanta Buckhead outdoor fireplace cleaning before after

If your Buckhead or Atlanta home has a stunning outdoor living area, give us a call to clean and protect your area. We clean decks, patios, hardscapes, outdoor furniture, fences, outdoor stonework and so much more.

Bret Kristi Deck cleaning Atlanta

Bret & Kristi Johnson of Renew Crew of Atlanta – formerly Wood Renew of Atlanta

Give us a call for a free quote at 678-296-6117. We look forward to your call.

October 30, 2013
by robin
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Can Atlanta’s custom hardscapes and patios be any more beautiful?

Buckhead Atlanta stone cleaning by Renew CrewThe south is the land of red clay. It’s for this reason that bricks are so tremendously popular adorning the facades of some of Atlanta’s most beautiful homes. While homeowners and landscapers have long experimenting with using bricks for pathways and walkways, today’s paver bricks make traditional bricks pale in comparison. Today’s pavers come in just about any shape, size, or color. The patterns are endless with different effects such as cobbling. Atlanta area homeowners are having beautiful custom hardscapes added to their homes spending thousands to create the ultimate outdoor living areas.

But, while we all know to clean our decks, fences, and sidewalks, many of us don’t realize that we can clean our hardscapes and patios. When dirt settles on your pavers, they will appear to dull and fade. In many instances, that dirt can be gently cleaned away by Renew Crew.

Renew Crew uses Techniseal cleaning and protecting product to make your space look nearly new. We clean and seal virtually any stone, brick or paver outdoor surface.

There’s an additional benefit to having a professional company come clean and protect your outdoor surfaces. The protectant provides some weathering protection and makes it tougher for dirt and grime to adhere to the surface of your hardscape. Not only will it look great when cleaned, but it will keep looking great for a long time to come.

If you paid thousands for custom stonework, a paver patio, or a custom hardscape, invest in having it professionally cleaned and protected to keep it looking as beautiful as when new.

Bret Kristi Deck cleaning Atlanta

Bret & Kristi Johnson of Renew Crew of Atlanta – formerly Wood Renew of Atlanta

Give us a call for a free quote at 678-296-6117. We look forward to your call.

October 30, 2013
by robin
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Phew! We just finished cleaning 32 balconies at Sunset Cottages in Ft Walton FL

Atlanta GA apartment deck cleaningWe were contacted by Sunset Cottages condos in Walton Beach FL to clean all the balconies at their 20 units. With many having double balconies, this totaled 32 balconies in all. We cleaned the wood railings on all the long balconies at this condo complex. The balcony railings had been cleaned about 7 years earlier. Typically, it’s best to have the wood cleaned and sealed every 3 years or so.

Having Renew Crew of Atlanta clean your commercial condo or apartment complex is like a one-stop-shop. We clean railings and outdoor wood such as wood decks and wood balcony floors. We clean other outdoor wood such as stairs and other wood railings. But we also clean concrete and paver areas. Last but not least, we clean all siding surfaces. Don’t call one company to clean and seal the wood, another for the concrete and yet another for the siding. Let’s Renew Crew do it all.

balcony cleaning Florida condo

By having one company clean both the railings and the stairs/landings, we were able to create a uniform and consistent look throughout.

Atlanta Renew Crew apartment deck and patio cleaning

We have some flexibility with adding some toner into the sealant. This allows us to use the wood tone you select to best match the building.

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Bret Kristi Deck cleaning Atlanta

Bret & Kristi Johnson of Renew Crew of Atlanta – formerly Wood Renew of Atlanta

If you are a management company, part of a condo association, apartment complex or individual owner in the GA area, give us a call for a free quote.

Give us a ring: 678-296-6117

Drop us an email: westmetroatlanta@renewcrewclean.com

Visit our Renew Crew of Atlanta website

We look forward to providing a free quote for your commercial property.

October 4, 2013
by robin
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When should you clean your concrete driveway?

Atlanta concrete cleaning concrete washingFall is just beginning. Be ready for the barrage of leaves that are soon to make residence on your driveway. Leaves stain concrete. While kids may think it’s cool that the leaf they pick up off your driveway leaves a nice leaf-shaped pattern, this is anything but amusing. But, how many options exist? It isn’t possible to cover your driveway to protect it from the staining and dulling that will happen over the winter.

Having your concrete driveway or pathway professionally cleaned and sealed may be the perfect solution. At Renew Crew of Atlanta, we not only clean your concrete, but we also seal it. While the seal is not a perfect barrier, it does make your porous concrete more impervious to staining. Here’s how. Fall debris will land on your driveway or pathway throughout the season. When your concrete is professionally and recently sealed, that debris will be less likely to cling to the surface and may be more easily blown or washed away with wind and rain.

concrete cleaning in Atlanta by Renew Crew

Notice the stain that was in the top left corner. Our concrete cleaning will remove old stains when it cleans.

In addition, there’s never a bad time of year to make your concrete look clean and inviting to your guests. Dull and soiled concrete doesn’t have to be a “necessary evil” of concrete. A good question is how long your concrete will stay looking fresh and new once it’s cleaned. Unlike powerwashed concrete which typically needs to be re-cleaned at the start of every season, concrete that’s cleaned and sealed by Renew Crew may not need to be recleaned and sealed for 2-3 years.

Bret Kristi Deck cleaning Atlanta

Bret & Kristi Johnson of Renew Crew of Atlanta – formerly Wood Renew of Atlanta

Now is indeed the best time to clean your concrete driveway, pathway, and patio. Give us a call for a free quote at 678-296-6117 or email: westmetroatlanta@renewcrewclean.com. We look forward to your call.