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Make Your Backyard Looks its Best this Summer

Memorial Day is the beginning of summer, the best season to spend time outdoors with friends and family. As you move outdoors for the season, you may notice what the fall and winter months have done to your outdoor living space, leaving built up dirt, grime, mold and mildew. Instead of looking at dirty surfaces all summer, a professional pressure washing company like Renew Crew can help you revitalize the surfaces.

Here are just a few of the surfaces you may want to look at in your backyard before your next barbecue:

Deck and Patios. When you think outdoor surfaces, your first thoughts may go straight to decks and patios. It’s where you spend your times outdoors and because it is a horizontal space, yard debris can build up in the fall and winter months leaving dirt behind.

Fences. Fences are the walls to your outdoor living space. It’s common for mold and mildew to settle on fences and other surfaces. Additionally, mud will cake on the bottom of the deck posts and boards, especially after it rains.

Siding. Have you ever noticed that your home’s color looks a little dingy? If you haven’t had siding cleaning in a long time, your siding may be dirty.

These are just a few of the outdoor surfaces you may have in your backyard that could be cleaner for barbecue season. At Renew Crew, we pride ourselves on our eco-friendly outdoor cleaning products that leave your surfaces cleaner for longer. Our three-step process is simple:

1.) We apply an environmentally friendly cleaning solution to the surface. Whether it’s for decks, patios, siding, gutters or other surface, our effective cleaning products work their way into the surface, loosening dirt and grime.

2.) Once the product has had time to work its magic, we rinse the surface with a low pressure wash to revitalize the surface.

3.) The last step is our most important step: protection. Without protecting the surface, pressure washing companies leave the surface open for more dirt. At Renew Crew, we block the surface with a protectant that blocks moisture, dirt and grime.

If you want your backyard updated before the height of summer, please contact your local Renew Crew office.

What’s Happening to My Deck?

Wood is one of, if not the, most common material used for building decks. It’s easy to work with, takes stains and paints well and looks great! Wood decks and fences, however, need regular maintenance to stay looking great, here’s why:

Protectants break down. New decks and fences are usually stained or painted at the end of the build. Not only does this layer bring out the color, it also protects the surface, but normal wear and tear and being outside breaks down that protectant. It will fade or begin to chip over time, making your outdoor surface look tired and your wood susceptible to the elements.

Elements make their way in. Once the sealant or paint breaks down, the wood’s pores are left open to absorb whatever is on the surface. Dirt and dust start to settle in the cervices, not to mention anything you may spill on the wood. Moisture is a big wood foe. When water is absorbed into wood, it can cause splitting, splintering and rot.

Sunlight takes its toll. When wood is left unprotected, the sun’s harsh UV rays will takes its toll on the surface. The sun causes the bleached grey look you often seen to older fences and decks.

Even if your deck isn’t look its best, it doesn’t mean all hope is lost and you need to fully replace your outdoor structures per say. It’s amazing what some cleaning can do! At Renew Crew, we revive outdoor spaces using a cleaning, rinsing and protecting process. Using eco-friendly products that won’t harm surrounding landscaping, Renew Crew pressure washes the built up grime away while removing the dried out or dead wood particles. After the wood has had a chance to dry, we apply a sealing layer to enhance the color and protect the wood from further damage.

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If your decks, patios, fences, walkways, siding or gutters need some cleaning, please contact your local Renew Crew office.

Cleaning and Sealing Brazilian Hardwood

In the decking industry, Brazilian hardwoods have become a popular option for decks. Exotic woods naturally repel bugs, fungus and rot so chemicals don’t need to be used to treat it. It’s a “greener” option than many treated woods. The colors vary and are stunning options for a beautiful outdoor living space. Their benefits do not mean Brazilian hardwood doesn’t have to be maintained. Dirt and grime can settle on the surface of the wood. Unfortunately, sometimes do-it-yourself maintenance doesn’t always work out.

Our Renew Crew of Victoria location was recently contacted by homeowners who had tried to clean their hardwood deck themselves with less than stellar results and needed experts.

Oil is one of the recommended products for exotic hardwoods to keep them looking great and performing well. The homeowners had tried to use DIY cleaners and oils from the local home improvement store. The cleaning products and oil, as you can see, left them with a deck that still wasn’t clean. The color is uneven and you can still see the green mildew and dirt in areas. After trying multiple times to do it themselves, the homeowners hired Renew Crew, the local pressure washing experts, to clean and protect their deck.

Because of the layers of oil, a slightly different process was needed to clean and seal this hardwood deck. Normally, Renew Crew uses an eco-friendly deck cleaning foam to penetrate a wood surface. Due to the oil, the foam wasn’t able to easily work its normal magic. Renew Crew had to use a chemical based deck wash to get rid of all the built-up dirt.

After applying a deck wash, Renew Crew pressure washed the deck to bring the wood to a clean, even color.

Sealing and protecting a deck is the most important step in the deck cleaning and renewing process. Without it, dirt, grime and moisture will once again work its way into the pores of the wood. Additionally, the sun’s rays will dry out and bleach the wood. Renew Crew applied an eco-friendly deck sealant. Due to the dark nature of the Brazilian hardwood, a natural shade of protectant was used. Doesn’t it look great?

If you have questions on cleaning and sealing your deck, please contact your local Renew Crew office.

Deck Cleaning and Sealing Requires Expert Handling

At Renew Crew, our goal is to offer our clients excellent personal service while delivering a cleaner clean, a greener clean and a longer lasting clean – all without risking damage to your surfaces, be it a deck, patio, fence or other outdoor surface. Our 3 step deck cleaning process developed as a result of this goal, as did our exclusive, eco-friendly products and our decision to never use damaging high-pressure cleaning.

Proper deck cleaning and staining is crucial to optimum deck and fence longevity. Over time, mold, mildew and dirt accumulate on your deck’s surface as your sealant slowly gets worn away. A proper thorough cleaning prepares your deck for a fresh coat of sealant that protects your deck from water damage, sun damage and everyday wear and tear.

Hiring a professional pressure washing company is a big decision and you should feel good about who you hire to clean and deal your deck. At Renew Crew, we call ourselves the wood experts since we’ve been in the business for over 15 years. Here are some of the benefits of hiring Renew Crew:

  • All of our outdoor surface cleaning and sealing products are eco-friendly but don’t compromise quality. They clean as well (if not better) than harsh chemicals, but won’t harm the surrounding grass, bushes, flowers or other natural material.
  • Our semi-transparent wood protectants complement the wood’s natural appearance and shows off its grain and textures, while resisting UV graying.
  • Our protectants come in a variety of colors that complement your home’s façade and finishes.
  • All of our sealants provide one-coat coverage, a mildew-resisting coating and long-term water repellency.

Trust us, when it comes to deck cleaning and staining, a Renew Crew Clean is about as zero fuss for you and total renewal for your deck. Our 3-step process is the best way to transform your deck from a beast a beauty.

If you have questions on deck cleaning, please contact your local Renew Crew office.

Deck Cleaning Revives Space

A few days ago I visited a friend who had recently repainted her guest room. The previously dark beige room is now a light blue-grey. It’s amazing the difference that it makes. The room is lighter and more inviting than before. Updating the surface of a room, home or exterior space can breathe new live into an area. And deck cleaning is no different.

Yesterday I came across some pictures from our Renew Crew of Lincoln team of some recent deck cleaning and sealing projects they’ve done and the transformations are incredible!

Take this deck for example. It looks as though the deck has been previously stained, but the color is now showing its age. It’s uneven and fading as well as chipping in key places like the railings and steps. Dean and Heather Ritchey, who provide deck cleaning and sealing in Lincoln, removed the existing stain and deep cleaned the entire space. Using a foam cleaner, they were able to remove any built -up dirt and loosen any dying wood fibers. After the deck was dry, they applied a semi-transparent protectant to the wood.

Doesn’t the space look more inviting? The color is even throughout all of it. Renew Crew’s protectant will stop water and dirt from settling back in the wood and will repel the sun’s harmful UV rays.

This next project from Lincoln is smaller, but still makes a big impact. Unlike our first example, the deck didn’t have a previous colored stain on the surface. Instead, the natural wood deck looked weathered and grey as wood that isn’t protected dries out and loses its color over time. The same three-step process was used on this deck to revive its color and quality.

And look at it now! It looks bright and new. The wood grain is now more easily appreciated with the protectant that the Ritcheys used.

If you have questions on how professionally cleaning your deck will enhance the space, please reach out to your local Renew Crew office.

Evening Out the Color of Your Wood

Outdoor living structures have to withstand a lot being outside in the elements all year round. It isn’t surprising that sometimes they have to be updated or parts have to be replaced.

I was recently walking my dog around the neighborhood when I noticed a fence that had had some work done. The majority of the fence was a greying wood. It was probably installed several years ago. In the middle of the space, however, was a section of brand new wood boards. They were clean as can be and had obviously been replaced a short time ago. The replaced section made the rest of the fence look even worse than it was.


New wood boards stand out when installed next to boards that have been out in the elements for years, just take a look at this deck to the left. There is a way, however, to update the old boards so they are close in color and look to the new. First, the old wood has to be thoroughly cleaned. A wood deck cleaner will loosen the dirt and grime that has built up on the wood over time. Additionally, and more importantly in the case evening out the appearance of the structure, a good deck cleaning product will loosen the dried out, greying wood fibers.

Once the cleaner has worked its magic, the surface can be pressure washed. The pressure of the water will rinse away the dirt and dead wood fibers. During this step, you’ll notice the difference in the wood’s appearance. It will begin to look similar in color to the new wood boards. It helps if the new wood is also cleaned too.

The last step is to apply a protectant to both the old wood and the new wood. At Renew Crew, our semi-transparent wood protectants and sealants allow the wood grain to show, but does add some color to the space. This picture shows the same deck as above and you can’t tell which board is new and which is old!

If you need to have the color of your deck or fence evened out, please contact your local Renew Crew.

Tips to Keeping your Deck Looking Great

At Renew Crew, we pride ourselves on providing the best deck cleaning and protecting services. Our three-step process will revitalize your wood deck, leaving a beautiful space where you are happy to spend time outdoors.


Wood, like all outdoor surfaces, require regular maintenance. It is exposed to the elements and will wear over time, however, there are tips that will make your deck look great longer.

Water can impact any outdoor surface when left pooling on the surface. Try to remove any standing water with an outdoor broom if it puddles on the surface. The longer standing water remains on the surface, the more likely it is to seep into the wood surface or leave harsh stains.

Remove any yard debris that lands on your deck. Leaves and sticks are the most common items to fall onto a deck. Sweep them off periodically so the dirt and grime that accompanies it can’t settle into the wood. This is very important in the fall months when leaves are falling for the winter. If left throughout the winter, you may have some harsh stains that will need cleaning.

It’s a best practice to rinse your deck with a mild cleaning product to keep it looking great. For some clients, rinsing with the garden hose will be enough, but if you see that it isn’t really doing anything, try mixing a solution of warm water and a mild dishwashing soap. Apply the solution before and after spraying the space with the hose.

A lot of homeowners invite birds into their outdoor spaces with beautiful bird feeders. While they are nice to see and hear, their droppings wear away at the deck protectants. Move birdfeeders away from your deck and further into the yard.

Even when using these tips, deck cleaning and protecting will be necessary from time to time. When your wood begins to grey and dry out, please reach out to your local Renew Crew office. Our cleaning and sealing process will allow you to enjoy your outdoor living spaces once again.

When do I need to Seal my Deck?

Decks, like any part of your home, require maintenance to stay in the best shape possible. We are often asked questions about sealing your deck and how you know you are in need of it.

There isn’t a magic number that we can provide that can place your deck sealing on a normal schedule. Different materials and properties require it at different intervals. Here’s what to look for:


Peeling or Uneven color. Decks that are painted or have a color stain are easier to evaluate with respect to re-sealing your deck. When the color starts to chip and peel, that’s the first sign of needing another layer of protectant. You’ll notice this first and foremost on the most traveled areas of your structure.

Dry wood. When a deck has a more natural sealant or protectant, it can be harder to tell whether it needs upkeep. You can notice when the wood is drying out in two ways. First, if the wood is taking on a greyish color, it needs to be cleaned and sealed. This happens more often with decks that get a lot of direct sunlight. The other way to tell is if the wood is absorbing water. A properly protected deck should bead water instead of absorbing it into the surface.

Mold or fungus. The opposite of having a dried out deck is having one that gets too much moisture. Decks or fences that lie in shady, humid areas will begin to grow mold, fungi and mildew over time. When it isn’t efficiently dealt with, it can damage the wood.

Whenever you need to reseal your deck, you should have it cleaned first. The best way to ensure it is done effectively and doesn’t damage your structure is to hire a professional deck cleaning company. By cleaning the deck, you will be sure to get rid of all the mold, mildew and dead fibers before you lock them in with a layer of sealant.

When choosing a protectant or sealant, you’ll want something that blocks moisture and dirt from getting into the surface. Additionally, some protectants, like Renew Crew’s, block harmful UV rays from drying out your wood.

If you have any questions, please contact your local Renew Crew office.

Spring Deck Cleaning

One of my least favorite chores is spring cleaning, but I’m always happy when it is done. You can breathe a sigh of relief that you’ve cleaned things out and can enjoy the nice warm months.

For my family, spring cleaning took place both inside and outside the home growing up. We used the time to get our patio and deck ready to be used once again. Decks can build up a lot of dirt and grime over the course of the winter, so it’s important to pay special attention to your deck! Here’s my guide to Spring Deck Cleaning.

First thing is to clear off your entire deck. Removing everything, furniture, grills, etc. will give you a better place to start the cleaning process. You really don’t know how dirty certain spots may be until you clear it off completely.

After the deck is empty, use an outdoor broom and sweep it, and I mean really sweep it! Not only do you want to remove leaves or any other yard debris that may be on your deck, but applying a little pressure will also help to loosen any caked on dirt.

Once the debris has been removed and the deck swept, hose it down. Spraying your deck with your normal backyard hose (with the highest pressure your normal nozzle provides) will clear away some of the loosely embed dirt.

When your deck is dry, you’ll be able to really see the shape your deck is in. If it was recently cleaned and sealed, your job may be complete! If your deck still looks tired, you have two choices: hire a professional pressure washing company or do it yourself.

At Renew Crew, we obviously believe your best choice is to hire a company. Do it Yourself deck cleaners can work well, but they can also be harmful if not used properly. Additionally, if you aren’t familiar with using a pressure washer, you can do some damage to your deck. A trained professional will take the utmost care of your property and will leave your deck ready for spring and summer.

Renew Crew’s three-step process uses environmentally friendly deck products to both clean and protect your space. The protection step keep your deck looking great! Check it out for yourself:

Getting Your Deck Ready for Spring

This winter has been abnormally harsh for many parts of the country. I know that I am counting the days until the temperatures rise and I can spend time outdoors again. It’s about this time of year that I take note of my outdoor spaces and think about how I intend to use them this spring. Here are some tips for getting your deck ready for spring.

Clear off your deck and see how it’s looking. Outdoor living spaces go through a lot of wear and tear being outdoors all the time. And, unfortunately, many of us don’t take care of them properly in the off-season. Clear off any debris that is sitting on your deck and see how the space looks. If it’s already looking worn, call a professional pressure washing company to restore your space. I recently saw this before and after from our Renew Crew of Northwest Arkansas and instantly recognized how much better the space looks!

At Renew Crew, we more than pressure wash your deck, we protect it too!

Take inventory of your outdoor furniture. It may just be me, but when I pack up my outdoor furniture in the fall, I don’t always write down what I need to repair or replace. Go out and see what you have and what you need. You may need a new chair or table, or you may just need some polish or wax to make your patio furniture look great. Write down whatever it is you’d like or need and pick it up the next time you are out running errands or at a home improvement store!

Call any professionals you may need now instead of later. Pressure washing companies is just one example, but you may find yourself in need or some help to enhance your outdoor living space come spring. For example, if you plan on hosting some outdoor parties that you see going into the dark hours, call an outdoor lighting company (like our sister company Outdoor Lighting Perspectives) to install some deck or patio lights. Or, you may need a landscaper to come out and do some yard work. Calling ahead will ensure you are on their schedule.

Give your grill the once over. Making sure that your grill is in good working order will make it easier to fire up those hamburgers and hot dogs come spring and summer. Go outside and see if the grill needs to be cleaned or repaired. Trust me, it will save a lot of frustration if you think about this ahead of time!

We at Renew Crew hope these outdoor living and deck tips help improve your outdoor living experience this spring.

Fighting Winter Blahs? Think Outdoors!

If you love spending time outdoors, winter may be a difficult time of year. If you are like me, you are counting dow the days until temperatures rise and you can enjoy extended time outdoors without freezing! Here are some tips to get your through the next few weeks.

Get inspired with garden catalogs and magazines. Beautiful photos of outdoor spaces and landscaping may cheer you up and hold you over until your own blooms come back to life. Some of our favorite publications are Better Homes and Gardens, Garden Design, and Gardening. Rip out pages of your favorite spaces and place them in areas of your home where you will see them frequently, like your refrigerator or coffee table.

Visit your local Home and Garden Shows. Home and garden show organizers know their audience can’t wait until spring, that’s why they happen in the cold months. These helpful shows have everything from deck builders and pressure washing companies to local nurseries and patio furniture stores. Walking up and down the aisles of the show will inspire you with great ideas and will get your mind off the cold temperatures outside.

Bring some green outdoors. One of the most difficult parts of winter is everything turns grey and brown and dies. The green and life is gone! Go to your local nursery and pick out some plants to have inside. A burst of life on your desk or in your living room will remind you that spring is coming. If you aren’t quite a green thumb, succulents and cacti are the easiest plants to take care of.

Put something on the calendar. For me, it always helps to have something to look forward to. Whether it’s a barbecue you want to host or a hike you want to go on with friends, put it on the calendar!

Plan out your spring projects. Planning some of your projects now will give you a head start on spring. Create a list of things that you want to do to your outdoor space and list out things that you can get done now and things you have to wait on. If an outside company is required, reach out to them now. For instance, if you need a deck or patio cleaned, call your local pressure washing company, they may be able to do the work now so you can enjoy a clean space all spring and summer! If they can’t, they can get you on their calendar.

At Renew Crew, we encourage our clients to reach out to us whenever they need outdoor surface cleaning. The earlier we can get you on the schedule, the earlier you can enjoy your space. Please reach out to your local Renew Crew office if you have any questions.

What should you clean your deck with?

At Renew Crew we pride ourselves on being the outdoor surface cleaning experts. Our environmentally friendly products leave our clients’ space clean and they don’t harm the surrounding vegetation. We’re often asked about the other deck cleaning products on the market and what makes us better.

Bleach is the most common cleaning product out there for wood. It is a strong product that does kill any mold or mildew that is built up on your exterior surface, but it bleaches the wood, giving it an unnatural color. The chemicals in bleach will continue to lighten the wood for weeks after the cleaning. When wood is cleaned with bleach a finishing product is often needed. Additionally if it gets into the dirt or onto the plants, it can harm them.

There are also detergents that look similar to dishwasher detergent that is made for outdoor use. Several different detergents are used outdoors with varying levels of success. Some make the deck look cleaner, but don’t help with the mold and mildew buildup, while others can be quite strong. Sodium hydroxide and sodium hypochlorite are both known to eat away at the wood if left on too long. They can also add to the graying color.

If you search on the internet, you can also find a variety of recipes for DIY deck cleaners. They are also available at your hardware or home improvement stores. Knowing that they are made for DIYers and not professionals, they tend not to work as well (if it was too strong it would make ruining the deck pretty easy).

Renew Crew’s environmentally friendly deck cleaner is strong enough to remove dirt and grime, kill mold and mildew, and loosen dead wood fibers, but won’t eat away or damage your deck. Additionally, it won’t leave any lasting effects on the trees, bushes and flowers that surround your outdoor living space.

The best way to ensure that you don’t harm your deck in the cleaning process is to hire a professional deck cleaning business to do the work for you. From utilizing the right products and properly using the necessary equipment, a professional will be familiar with what they are going.

Please contact your local Renew Crew office if your deck is in need of some cleaning.

Cleaning your Wood Surfaces Correctly

From fences to decks, many homeowners have a wooden exterior surface. While they are great to have for entertaining and enjoying friends and family, they do require some maintenance. We are often asked the best way to keep your decks and fences clean. Here’s our guide.

Wood inevitably needs to be deep cleaned. It is outside all year-round! For deep cleaning, it is best to have a professional pressure washing company clean your exterior surface. A professional has the experience to ensure that your structure isn’t damaged in the cleaning process. At Renew Crew, we have a different way of doing things that the regular power washer.

The normal pressure washer uses harsh chemicals to kill the mold and mildew on wood and then uses high-pressure wash to clean. At Renew Crew, we have a three-step process that is much better!

Instead of using harsh cleaning chemicals, we use environmentally friendly foam to clean the wood. The foam is applied to all the wood surfaces and works its way into the wood, killing the mold and mildew and loosening all the dead wood fibers.

The foam doesn’t need too much time to work its magic. Once it is ready, we use a low-pressure wash to rinse everything away. In this step, the wood starts to look new again.

The last step in the process is protection. The normal pressure washing company stops at cleaning, Renew Crew doesn’t. Our proprietary polymers keeps the wood looking better longer by blocking the dirt and grime from working into the wood’s surface. It even blocks UV-rays.

Once your exterior wood surfaces are professionally cleaned, there are a few things that you can do to help your Renew Crew Clean look last. Periodically through the year, take a hose to the surfaces to wash off anything that is sitting on the wood. Pay special attention to the bottom of the fence that is closer to the ground. Dirt tends to bounce up onto the vertical surfaces. In the fall, sweep off the deck when leaves and other yard debris start to accumulate.

If you have any questions on wood surface cleaning, please contact your local Renew Crew office.

Lichen on Your Wood Deck? Get Rid of it.

Are you not sure what that green, crusty looking stuff on your deck is? Most likely it’s lichen, a combination of fungi and algae. If you don’t like the look it is giving your outdoor structure, do yourself a favor and get rid of it!

Lichen is found in most parts of the country and is made 90% of fungus and 10% algae. Normally it has a green/grey color but it can be yellow, red or even blue depending on the type of algae. Lichen normally grows in damp, shaded areas. With most of the growth occurring in the spring and fall, it can grow on both horizontal and vertical surfaces.

Lichen won’t damage your deck, fence or other wood surface. Alga is photosynthetic meaning it creates its own energy through sunlight. Because it can make its own energy, lichen doesn’t need to take nutrients from whatever it is growing on. That’s why you will often see lichen on structures that aren’t alive, like wood decks or stone walkways.

Just because lichen isn’t damaging the structure of your space, doesn’t mean that you should definitely keep it. Because of its grayish/green color, lichen can make your outdoor spaces look old and weathered. Additionally, it holds moisture and become unsafe to step on. It can be extremely slippery depending on its size and the amount of lichen in the area.

Take a look at this deck with built in benches in Johnson County, Kansas. Doesn’t it look terrible? The bench doesn’t look like a nice place to sit and enjoy a glass of wine, does it? I know I wouldn’t want to sit on that for fear of my clothes turning green. While some homeowners may have taken the amount of lichen as a sign they needed to replace decking boards, or even the entire structure, this homeowner luckily called Renew Crew of Johnson County. Renew Crew’s three step deck cleaning process not only got rid of the lichen, but also the mold and greying wood fibers from the entire space.

Talk about an after shot! The deck looks brand new! Lichen doesn’t need a harsh cleaner or chemical to kill it, but our environmentally friendly deck cleaner is able to eliminate the lichen and loosen any dirt as well as any dead grey wood fibers. The foaming cleaner clings to the surface allowing it to do its job and loosen the organism’s grip on the deck.

After allowing the foam to penetrate, Renew Crew uses a low pressure wash to rinse everything away. If you were watching the process, this is where you would see the largest difference.

The last step in our process is applying a protectant to the space that stops the wood from looking weathered again too quickly. For this project, Renew Crew of Johnson County used our Cedar color finish.

If you have questions regarding cleaning your decks, or any other outdoor surface, please contact your local Renew Crew office.

Hold Your Hoses: Steps to Take before You Do Deck Cleaning

Many homeowners assume that pressure washing is a do-it-yourself job. While a few cases can be, there are definitely times when hiring a professional is the best option. These can include the cleaning of the exterior sidings, and even the concrete driveway. Whether by a professional, or yourself, proper deck cleaning methods should be taken, and there are a few ways the area should be correctly prepped.

Inspect the deck.

Cleaners such as Renew Crew should have one primary concern: to ensure the object being cleaned is safe. Inspection of the deck is a very important first step, especially if the deck is 20+ years old or elevated. In case of an elevated deck, the foundations need to also be inspected by knowledgeable authorities.

In conjunction with this step, an expert will have to determine the type of material the deck was made of. This is important information because it will help choosing the right cleaning method. For instance, using pressure washers on unvarnished wood can be a mistake as this can cause splinters to fly, injuring anyone nearby. In general, this material is tough to work with, and should be treated with care. Using incorrect water pressure can cause damage that will be irreparable.

Clear the deck.

Loose objects such as chairs and tables should be cleared from the deck when cleaning commences. Anything that could move or fall over during the cleaning process should be relocated to a safer space. Your thorough power washing can only occur when obstacles are removed, and the deck is free of interruptions to the process.

Clean the deck.

Now that everything has been removed from the deck, pre-cleaning can start. This involves sweeping off dust and dirt and removal of branches, leaves or rocks. Anything that could come in between the deck and the pressure washer should be taken care of. Using water to accomplish this may hinder the process of professional pressure washer cleaning, so stick to the broom for this step.

Though professional cleaners can easily complete this step, homeowners who take that first step give the impression that responsibility is something you value. Additionally, completing this step ahead of time clears the way for professional cleaners to get right to work, if you are choosing a company like Renew Crew for your needs. By prepping the deck for cleaning, the task can be completed more quickly and certainly more thoroughly than you planned in the beginning.

Why Hire a Pressure Washing Company?

Although I wouldn’t consider myself a do-it-yourselfer, I try to tackle what I can around the house. Painting? No problem. Re-caulking a tub? You got it. Refinishing furniture? Sure. But when it comes to projects that have to do with the structure or safety of my home there is no way that I am even going to attempt. For me, that includes hiring a pressure washing company when needed.

A lot of homeowners and possible DIYers don’t understand the damage that a high pressure washer can do to your property if not done properly. Gouging of wood and brick (especially older bricks) is not only unpleasing to the eye, but can cause safety issues like splitting and splintering of wood. In the case of siding, it can result in water getting underneath the siding.

Not only can improper use of a pressure washer damage your property, it can also be unsafe! A pressure washer can very easily cut any skin it comes in contact with and even worse it can shoot water into the wound causing further, more serious issues.

For me, hiring a pressure washing company is worth the investment to ensure my space is properly and safely cleaned.

Our Renew Crew franchisees are much more than the typical pressure washing company however. What makes use different, you ask? Let me tell you. In short, it is our products and process. The typical power washing company uses chlorine or bleach based products to clean your surfaces. That product can easily damage, and in some cases kill, any grass, plants, or bushes that it comes in contact with. It usually comes in liquid form and doesn’t work its way into horizontal surfaces easily. Renew Crew’s product is an environmentally-friendly deck cleaning foam that won’t hurt your plants. Additionally, it isn’t liquid. It’s a foam that is able to stick to all surfaces, loosening dirt and buildup from outdoor surfaces.

After allowing the foam to work its magic, we are able to use a much lower amount of water pressure to rinse the surface clean, removing dirt, grime, mold, dead wood particles and more. The risk for damaging your structure is minimal (and all of our technicians are well-trained).

The last large difference between Renew Crew and the other guys is that we don’t stop at just cleaning your outdoor structure. We will then go on to protect it. While cleaning a surface will leave it looking new, if it isn’t sealed and protected, it won’t continue to look that way for long. Our protectant will keep your outdoor surfaces looking newer longer.

If you have additional questions on Renew Crew or the importance of professional pressure washing, please reach out to your local Renew Crew office.

So Much More than a Deck Sealant

We at Renew Crew often get questions regarding our deck sealant and what makes it better than the rest that are on the market. The answer: it’s much more than just a sealant, it’s a protectant. Our protective deck sealant does have a staining factor, but it also protects the wood from further damage. What a lot of homeowners may not understand is that the sun’s rays are harmful to wood decks. They dry them out and turn the wood grey. Our wood protectant stops the sun’s rays and reflects them away from the wood.

While we have 9 color choices for our Renew Crew deck sealant and protectant, the majority of our jobs use two colors that we refer to as cedar and natural. Why with nine colors do we primarily use two? It’s because of the versatility of these two protectants. And just because it’s two colors doesn’t mean it has only two finishes. Let’s take a look at these jobs from Eric McVey, who provides deck cleaning in Northwest Arkansas.

Both of these two projects were finished with our cedar protectant, but the color doesn’t look exactly the same, does it?

The deck has a more subtle look while the fence is a deep reddish brown, that’s because the cedar color isn’t necessarily a specific color, instead it enhances the natural characteristics of the wood itself. If it’s applied to a redwood deck, it will bring out the natural red colors in the wood, while it will bring out the deep brown colors on a darker wood.

Here’s an example of the natural protectant. The decking was done with the natural product while the pergola was finished with cedar, which is a little darker. In both cases you can admire the natural grain of the wood. Water beads up on its surface as opposed to soaking into the wood just like some other stains, except it has a much more natural look. The vast majority of our clients prefer this over a blanketed color.

For those clients that do like something that is more uniform, we do have a variety of protectants that are always a standard color, but it does cover the wood grain. Take a look at this deck sealant from Renew Crew of Northwest Arkansas for an example. The color is consistent throughout, which is just what the client wanted and it looks great! It’s just a different finish which totally depends on your tastes.

If you have questions on any deck cleaning or sealing products, reach out to your local Renew Crew office. They will surely be able to help you with your outdoor cleaning needs.

Enjoy the Shade under a Beautiful Structure

I spent this past weekend with some of my girlfriends having a girls’ weekend. With perfect weather, we spent the majority of our time chatting outside and enjoying one another’s company. We went to a nearby park for a picnic under a gazebo. While the scenery (and conversation) were great, I couldn’t help but notice the condition of the gazebo (blame the job). Over the years, the sun and heat had dried out the wood, turning it grey. The benches around the sides had a bunch of stains from things being dropped on it. The bones of the gazebo were fine it seemed, but it definitely needed a makeover.

Homeowners and municipalities pay a lot of money for wooden outdoor structures and when they are first built, they look wonderful, but if they aren’t maintained properly, they can become an eyesore. Wood is naturally porous and as the sun dries it out, it not only turns grey, but it allows dirt, dust and whatever is spilt on it to work its way into the surface. Just like decks, gazebos and other structures have to be cleaned and sealed.

At Renew Crew, our three step wood cleaning process works wonders on gazebos, especially compared to the typical pressure washing company. Cleaning a gazebo is more difficult than a deck because it has so much vertical space. Normal pressure washing companies use wood cleaning products that just run down vertical spaces without getting deep into the surface. Renew Crew’s environmentally friendly wood cleaners is a foam, not a pure liquid. The foam clings to the post surfaces and loosens the grey wood fibers and general grime.

Once we’ve allowed the wood cleaner to penetrate the wood, we use a low pressure washer to rinse and wash away the dirt. It’s during this process that you begin to see how different your gazebo can look after it is cleaned. You can see all of the grime just wash away.

If we left after cleaning your wood structures, like so many power washing companies do, you’d be calling us back sooner than you’d like. Cleaning the wood gets rid of all the dirt and grime, but it doesn’t make the wood less likely to stain again. That’s why we have a wood protectant that we use on every deck structure. Our proprietary wood sealant brings the vibrant color back into the wood. It protects against the sun’s UV rays and closes up the now open pores to all the natural elements.

Depending on your weather and use, wood structures, be them gazebos, decks, fences, pergolas, etc., should be cleaned and sealed every one or two years. If you have any outdoor surfaces that need cleaning, make sure to call your local Renew Crew office.

Trust Only Professionals for Pressure Washing Your Deck

Having a wooden deck in your home lets you extend your living space to the outdoors, giving you the best of both worlds. It is a great place to unwind after a long day or entertain close friends and hold evening gatherings. Having a deck is also great for the value of your property, and as such is a great investment for any homeowner.

However, decks are continually exposed to the elements, all through the year. This makes them highly vulnerable to damage, wear and tear, and several other problems. Regular deck cleaning can help maintain them and keep them in good condition for longer.

Decks see the maximum damage from the elements. The sun makes them fade while the rain or moisture can cause the wood to weaken and subsequently become damaged. In addition, there is always the problem of mold, dirt, stains, and other external factors. Getting all of the dirt and grime cleaned can go a long way in keeping the deck strong and better looking for much longer.

Cleaning a deck isn’t however an easy feat. Ordinary soaping up and hosing down may not help remove the stains or grime completely. You need a specialized piece of equipment called a pressure washer. A pressure washer is essentially a machine that sends extremely powerful jets of water dashing across the wooden surface, causing the deep-seated dirt and grime to give way and rush out. To increase the effect, professional cleaners like the Renew Crew use specially formulated cleaning solvents that are applied to the affected area and left to treat it for several minutes. This loosens the absorbed particles, making it easier to clean them away.

Having said that, it is extremely important that you don’t attempt operating a pressure washer all by yourself, unless you have been appropriately trained for the purpose. The pressure in these washers can rise to fairly high levels, and unless you have a developed set of skills to handle it carefully, you could damage the wood or concrete surface. It is therefore a task best left to the professionals trained for it. You can get in touch with reputed commercial pressure washing companies like Renew Crew.

It takes more than just an expensive piece of equipment to clean up your deck. The professionals know just the right amount of pressure that needs to be applied. They know at what angle the jets of water should be positioned to strike the surface and dislodge the dirt. They can maneuver the pressure washer expertly to get all of the dirt out without causing the slightest damage to the surface, preserving is finish and luster. In addition, they apply a specially prepared sealant to the cleaned surface to close the opened pores, making it impermeable to further damage.

Wooden decks add great value to your property. In fact, a good deck serves as the perfect getaway when you really can’t get away.

Carpenter Bees in Your Wood Siding?

Carpenter bees are found throughout much of the southern and eastern United States. They resemble bumblebees except they have smooth and shiny bodies instead of hairy bodies. They also lack the pollen baskets on their legs that bumble bees have. They are not usually serious pests, although their tunnels can be damaging if the bees infest the wood annually to nest.


When carpenter bees nest they do so in wood and create tunnels in and out. The original entry hole is perfectly round and approximately a half inch in diameter. The tunnel turns at a right angle after penetrating the length of the bee’s body and runs across the grain of the wood.

Carpenter bees don’t usually create any structural damage despite their tunneling in wood, but that doesn’t make them any less annoying. Males are known to be aggressive when they are in their spring mating season, which may ruin your outdoor relaxation, but, don’t worry, the males can’t sting.

I for one don’t enjoy the thought of bees tunneling into my wood siding, deck, porch, fence, et cetera, but what can we do to prevent or treat them? Carpenter bees don’t tunnel into just any wooden surface. In general, they go after untreated, unfinished wood. Making sure that your wooden outdoor structures are finished and sealed is a great way to keep carpenter bees at bay. At Renew Crew, every time we clean and pressure wash a deck or any other wooden surface, we follow it up by protecting it. Our protective finish not only deters carpenter bees from tunneling, but also stops dirt and grime from settling in the surface.

If carpenter bees are already tunneling in your decks or fences, you’ll need an insecticide to get rid of them. The best method for bees is to use a dust type insecticide that can be shot into the tunnel holes. You’ll want to apply the dust in the spring months before the adults become active. If you wait, make sure to use the dust at night, reducing your risk of agitating the female bees. Angry female bees are known to sting to protect their nests.

So what do you do if you have tunnels in your wood that you would like to cover up? The first thing to do is to block and seal the nest holes so that future bees don’t find them (carpenter bees will use empty nests before creating new ones). Wood putty will work well to fill any holes. Once the deck is treated, the holes should be less noticeable. For instance, at Renew Crew, our protective finish will camouflage any preexisting holes and deter bees for the future!

If you have questions about maintaining wood structures, please contact your local Renew Crew office.

Spruce up Your Property before Putting it on the Market

It isn’t uncommon for one’s house to look its best right before putting it on the market. All of the aesthetic updates that you had been procrastinating on all of sudden are at the top of your list. With the housing market on the rise, now is the perfect time to get your home in tip-top shape and on the market.

First impressions are not only important in life, but also in real estate. A potential homebuyer has to be able to picture themselves living there. I remember when my husband and I were first looking for a home four years ago, the house had to give me a good impression outside to really sell me on the inside. The exterior of your house and the surrounding property is the first impression, so it has to look great!

Here are some ideas on things to do to your property to make it ready to sell.

Clean the roof. It’s normal for a roof to show dirt over time, but you want it to look nice and clean when the house goes on the market. Roof cleaning makes a big difference when it comes to the appearance of your home.

Repaint your front door. If you have an older home with an older front door, make sure it looks great for potential buyers as it’s the first thing they will often see up close. A new coat of paint could make all the difference.

Trim your bushes. You don’t want any buyers to come to your house and think “this is going to be a lot of work.” Cut down your grass and bushes to make it look like an easy to maintain property. Make sure nothing is blocking the windows, stopping the light from coming in.

Clean your windows. No one likes to clean windows (unless that person is crazy), but it’s important to do so before buyers come to your home. For those hard to reach windows, there is outdoor window cleaner that you attach to your hose and you just spray it on.

Mulch. Mulch goes a long way. It can make everything look cleaner and more organized when properly done. Mulch underneath bushes and in flower beds to make the yard look cared for.

Clean your Decks and Patios. A dirty deck or patio doesn’t give the best first impression to a potential buyer. Look at your outdoor surfaces and evaluate whether or not they need to be professionally cleaned and sealed. At Renew Crew, we transform greying, weathered decks that look like they are past their prime back into beautiful spaces that anyone would be happy to enjoy. Some of your structures may be difficult to clean on your own, so consider hiring a professional pressure washing company.

If you have questions regarding outdoor surface cleaning, please reach out to local Renew Crew office.

Get your outdoor space ready for summer

Memorial Day is this weekend, the unofficial beginning of summer when the weather gets warmer and our yards start to call our names. Your outdoor living space is an extension of both your home and personality. It should reflect that in every way from the decor and plants you use in the surrounding areas. Now is the perfect time to get your outdoor living space ready. In this article I will give you some tips on how to get your garden/flower beds ready and how to make sure that any other feature that you have in your outdoor space is ready for family and friends to enjoy.

Some people believe that having plant life around your property is difficult to maintain and keep looking lush summer after summer but it’s not all that difficult if you just follow a few simple rules. The first rule is to remove any dead plant life from the beds. This will automatically improve the look of your area. The next thing you need to do is do some trimming and pruning of all your plant life that requires it. The trimming will make your plants happy and also make them look healthy. Then pick up some mulch, some people place small bits of compost in it for extra nutrients but it’s not necessary. The simple addition of mulch to your space will make each bed pop and also provide your plants protection from weeds. The final tip to manage your plant life is do not over plant or over clutter your beds. When you overplant, plants will not grow or get the proper nutrients they need to look stunning all summer long. Also don’t forget to water regularly plants need water too!

The next item I will cover is the 3 P’s of outdoor item care. The first “P” is Prepare; you can prepare all of your outdoor items such as furniture, fabrics, umbrellas, and grills with a simple scrub brush accompanied by some soap and water. This will remove all of the grim that was caked on during the winter and will also give your items a fresh look and smell. The second “P” is Protect; you should always cover up your items when they are not in use and especially your grill. Your grill will take abuse from weather and eventually will break down much faster if left uncovered. This is also true for your outdoor furniture, the less abuse they take the longer they will be around. The third and final “P” is Prevent; you should put away in storage any items that you are not using for the winter, “if applicable”. This will reduce the wear and tear winter puts on your beloved outdoor living space items.

These are just a few tips to help make your outdoor living spaces the best they can be. At Renew Crew, we help our clients renew the surfaces of their outdoor spaces. Whether it’s a greying deck or a stained concrete patio, we can help your outdoor living spaces look better. Please contact your local Renew Crew office to learn more about patio and deck cleaning and protecting.

Exterior Maintenance Makes Apartment Complex More Appealing

A friend of mine has plans to move about an hour away this summer. A few weeks ago she asked me to go visit some possible apartment complexes with her. As we visited and toured each place, we noticed how important the exterior was. We actually left one complex because it didn’t seem to be well maintained. When I received the pictures below from Renew Crew of Southwest Michigan, who provides fence and deck cleaning in Kalamazoo and the surrounding areas, the importance of exterior maintenance for a complex was perfectly illustrated.

Ken and Julie Wuerfel of Renew Crew of Southwest Michigan met the property managers of a Kalamazoo apartment complex at their home show in March. Each apartment has its own deck off the back of the unit. While structurally sound, the decks had seen better days. The harsh Michigan elements had taken their toll and turned the once beautiful decks grey. The weathered decks, as a result, didn’t give the first impression that the apartment complex was looking for, so they had Renew Crew come and clean them.

Last week, Renew Crew sent their team out to clean and protect the apartment decks. As you can see from the pictures, some of the decks are two or three stories high. While this can be an issue for some outdoor cleaning products, Renew Crew’s foam works incredibly well on vertical surfaces. The normal harsh cleaners are liquid-based and drip down vertical posts quickly without working its way into the surface. Our environmentally-friendly wood cleaning foam, however, clings and is able to penetrate deep into the wood.

Once the foam had been applied, the decks were pressure washed to rinse away the now loose grey wood fibers and dirt that had been embedded in the surface. It’s during this step that viewers can really see the difference.

To keep the wood deck looking great, the team applied a sealant and protectant to the deck a few days after the cleaning.

Seeing the before and after, I would be much more impressed by the after picture if I were looking for a new place to live. Outdoor maintenance is imperative for apartment complexes and that doesn’t stop at the landscaping. When the complex looks great, it makes it more appealing to prospective tenants, but also shows those already living there that the property is cared for and well managed.

If you have questions regarding outdoor cleaning and protecting, please contact your local Renew Crew.

Getting rid of Pollen

Spring has officially sprung. How do I know you ask? Besides the flowers starting to bloom and grass beginning to grow again, the yellow/green layer of pollen on my car, sidewalk, house and deck is a surefire give away that spring is here. Gross.


I hate pollen. It gets everywhere and turns everything a blah shade of yellow. When the pollen attack is at its highest, it can be very difficult to keep your outdoor surfaces clean. While there isn’t much you can do from it settling on large surfaces like decks, sidewalks and patios, you can keep your outdoor furniture pollen free if you make the effort. For example, rinsing off my deck and sidewalk with the hose will get rid of the loose standing pollen, but it’s much more difficult to rid my outdoor cushions of it. It works its way into the fabric and just when it seems clean, I stand up and my shorts are yellow. Yuck. That’s why in the early spring when pollen is at its highest, I cover my patio furniture and store my outdoor fabrics when they aren’t being used. Then, when I want to use them, I know they are clean and pollen free.

Pollen does a good job of embedding itself into porous surfaces, including older woods that haven’t been treated in a while. Having a professional pressure washing company clean your outdoor surfaces will loosen embedded pollen (and dirt and general muck) and wash it away, however, the surface needs to be protected against future pollen attacks if you want to just rinse it away with a hose. Most pressure washing companies stop at cleaning your outdoor surfaces, Renew Crew goes one step further. We protect your surfaces.

Renew Crew’s deck, patio, siding and other outdoor surface protectants seal off newly cleaned structures, closing up the pores within it. Those pores are where dirt and dust (and pollen) like to settle, making your outdoor areas look dirty.

If your outdoor surfaces are looking less than stellar, reach out to your local Renew Crew to talk about your outdoor surface cleaning options.

Commercial Pressure Washing Makes Property Look New Again

A few weeks ago a few friends and I took advantage of a warm spring day and visited a local brewery. This particular brewery opens up its parking lot on nice days and lines it with picnic tables for people to sit and enjoy. It’s a great spot, but I can’t help but think of how dirty the tables and the parking lot are by the end of the weekend (blame it on the job). To keep the place looking nice and professional, they have to invest in commercial pressure washing from time to time.


Commercial pressure washing is an important party of property maintenance, especially on properties that service food and drinks. Spills on an outdoor patio are inevitable. While one spill that you pick up right away may not make that much of difference, over time spilled food and drinks combined with normal outdoor dirt and grime will build up, making the space look less than stellar. I wouldn’t want to sit and enjoy lunch on a patio that has caked on food on it, would you?

At Renew Crew, we provide commercial pressure washing surfaces that go beyond the normal power washing company’s services. Most power washing companies begin and end with the power washing, we don’t. We not only do our best to remove all the built up food and stains (some stains are too deep to remove), but we also protect the space against moving forward.

The process of cleaning and protecting a commercial outdoor surface is slightly different depending on the surface itself, wood, concrete, stone, etc., but in all cases it requires three steps. The first is applying the cleaning formula. For wood surfaces, we use a proprietary foam that digs deep into the surface and loosens the embedded dirt. For concrete surfaces, the cleaning solution isn’t a foam but still digs into the surface.

After allowing the outdoor cleaning product to work its magic (and it kind of is like magic, take a look at the video to see for yourself), we use a low pressure setting on our washer to rinse away all of the dirt and grime. Our pressure setting isn’t high enough to gouge the surface which can happen with pressure washers.

The last step is protection. Our sealants will seal any open pores on the surface and protect the property’s exterior surfaces from dust, dirt and spills.

Commercial pressure washing, depending on the property and its use, needs to be done on a regular basis. In some cases that means multiple times a year. If you have questions regarding cleaning your outdoor surfaces, please contact your local Renew Crew office.

Outdoor Maintenance Tools Every Homeowner Should Have

At Renew Crew, we are proud to rejuvenate our clients’ outdoor surfaces. Whether it’s a deck, patio, porch, siding, gutters or other exterior surface, it needs regular maintenance to make it last longer and keep it looking nice. Depending on the material and amount of wear and tear, outdoor surfaces needs to be professionally power washed every 1 to 2 years, but that’s not the only maintenance that needs to be done in your outdoor living spaces.

There are a few tools that we recommend every homeowner have to keep their outdoor living spaces clean between Renew Crew visits:

The first tool is a good hose with pressure nozzle. Not only should your outdoor structures be rinsed off periodically, but also your outdoor furniture and outdoor cushions. Outdoor cushions, for instance, should be washed with a hose on a weekly basis and any spill that happens outside should be promptly rinsed away to minimize the possibility of it staining.

An outdoor broom is an important tool for outdoor surfaces (and no one wants to use the same broom on their kitchen floor as their patio, right?). Leaves and other outdoor debris inevitably land and settle on our outdoor surfaces. When it isn’t removed properly, that debris can hold standing water and dirt, giving it a change to penetrate into the surface. An outdoor broom is an easy way to clean off your horizontal outdoor surfaces.

A high-quality grill brush is a necessary tool for any outdoor chef. When a grill’s rack isn’t cleaned regularly charred food particles build up. That can affect the taste of future meals. A grill should be brushed down after every use to keep it in the best condition. There are hundreds of grill brush options out there, but at Renew Crew, we suggest one with stainless steel bristles. The steel makes for easy cleaning, but will also last longer than other grill brushes.

One of the tools that I didn’t think I would use very often in my backyard, but I now use regularly is a pair of small hand shears like these. This is particularly important for those homeowners whose outdoor living spaces border bushes or trees. Our azalea bushes, for instance, abut our built-in bench. I was always being stuck in the back by a stray branch until I got the shears. The small hand shears are great for snipping any vegetation that may be coming into your space, but doesn’t need a full trim quite yet.

My last tool is really a product that anyone with metal outdoor furniture needs: wax and a lint-free cloth. Metal outdoor furniture can dry out and chip pretty easily over time. When you notice that the chair, bench or table has seen better days, rinse it off and then apply a coat of wax. It will bring back the shine and protect it from chipping.

There you have it, Renew Crew’s list of outdoor maintenance tools that every homeowner should have. If you have any questions or a space that needs professional pressure washing, reach out to your local Renew Crew office. Remember, it’s not just clean, it’s Renew Crew Clean.

Spruce Up that Wooden Bridge for Spring

There is a beautiful college in my area that I love to walk around with my dog. A lake is the center point of the school. A small island sits in the middle of campus, connected by two wooden bridges. Over the years, I’ve noticed the wood turn grey and a light green from mold in a few places. For a school that takes great pride in its appearance, its bridges are in need of some TLC.

Just like any other exterior wood surface, wooden bridges need to be maintained regularly. Due to their close proximity to water in many places, they sometimes need to be cleaned and sealed more often than a deck. Take this example from our Johnson County location for example.

This cart path bridge on a local golf course was in bad shape. Over time the wood weathered and turned grey. Additionally, the bridge got both foot and cart traffic, which embedded dirt in the surface. In the middle of such a gorgeous space, it stood out as sub-par (like what I did there?).

Using our deck cleaning process, the Renew Crew of Johnson County team was able to bring the bridge back to its originally beautiful state. Since this bridge traverses a creek, the property owners were nervous about the products contaminating the water and killing any of the fish and animals that live within it. Most wood cleaning products do have harsh chemicals in them that could harm plants and animals, but ours don’t. Renew Crew’s proprietary wood cleaner and protectant is environmentally friendly and won’t damage or hurt plants and animals that may come in contact with it, making it perfect for cleaning bridges. The finished product looks great and leaves its surroundings as is.

Decks, bridges, walkways, patios and other outdoor surfaces need to be regularly cleaned, especially on commercial properties. Commercial properties usually have more traffic than residential and thus the seals can wear away more quickly and the dirt can start to dig into the materials. If your property needs some attention, contact your local Renew Crew location.

Deck Cleaning Before and After

Throughout this blog we’ve discussed how Renew Crew is much more than a pressure washing company. We’re the exterior surface cleaning experts. I must admit that when I first heard how amazing the finished product is, I was skeptical. That was until I saw it in person. I spent a day with our local Renew Crew office to see the entire process from start to finish and it was incredible. To show you, here are the before, during and after photos from the deck cleaning process.


The deck that was being rejuvenated was a small wood deck with some stairs to the back yard. It had seen better days. The color was uneven and grey and subtle green all over. At one point in the recent past the homeowner had to replace a decking board and the new board stuck out like a sore thumb with the more weathered boards surrounding it.

To get started, our Pre Soak foam was sprayed onto all of the wood surfaces. Since our cleaning formula is environmentally friendly and doesn’t include any bleach, the technician didn’t have to worry about foam being sprayed on any of the surrounding vegetation. The consistency of the cleaning product is pretty thick allowing it to work its way into the wood, loosening the embedded dirt and grime before it dissipates.

By the time the deck and stairs were completely covered with the Pre Soak foam, it was time to start washing it away. This is what I would like to refer to as the magic stage because IT IS INCREDIBLE. Renew Crew utilizes a low pressure washing setting that is just enough to rinse away grey fibers and dirt without damaging the wood. The rinsing is done along with the wood grain to make sure it looks even across the entire surface.

Once the deck was completely dry, a Protective Sealant was sprayed on the deck. It gave the deck a beautiful rich color and that board that stuck out like a sore thumb? It’s not so obvious anymore. The difference is night and day. And take a look at the grass at the base of the stairs? It’s still as green as ever!

If your deck, or any other outdoor surface, needs to be brought back to life, please contact your local Renew Crew.

Deck Cleaning Companies with Great Customer Service Rise to the Top

Last week I had the opportunity to spend some time with Renew Crew’s founder, Stan Krempges. We discussed the business and what makes it different than the other deck cleaning companies out there. While the environmentally friendly products and low pressure washing is a key part of the business, it was customer service that Stan really emphasized: Renew Crew cares about their customers.

I don’t like having service companies in my house. To me, it’s a necessary evil. It’s probably because I’ve heard so many horror stories of salespeople taking advantage or contractors leaving things worse than when they arrived. Renew Crew doesn’t think that way.

The typical deck cleaning company may not treat your property the way they should; Renew Crew on the other hand does. We take great care of our customers. So how do you know which company to choose? Consider asking some of these questions to see who the best fit is for you:

  • What insurance does the company carry? If your property is damaged of someone from their staff is injured, your homeowners insurance shouldn’t have to take on the cost.
  • What is your guarantee? We want our customers happy and guarantee it.
  • How long have you been in business? Expertise is important. Be wary of companies who haven’t been in business as long as their guarantee.
  • Can you have some references? Any company who is proud of their customer service will have a list of customers for you to call and talk to.

Why is my deck grey?

Homeowners spend significant money adding new outdoor living spaces to their properties and bask in its beauty when first completed. Unfortunately, many homeowners don’t understand that wood decks need regular maintenance to maintain that beauty and are surprised when they see their gorgeous new deck turn grey and dreary. At Renew Crew, we’re often asked the question, “why did my deck turn grey?” the easy answer is that it wasn’t properly protected from everything that can affect it.

The sun’s UV rays are a big component to a greying deck. Like the sun burns the outer layers of your skin when left unprotected, it does the same to wood. It dries out and kills the outer layers of the deck, removing its natural pigments.

Decks go through a lot. Imagine how you would look if you had to stand outside through three days of rain and wind. Mother Nature beats up on decks, stripping away at the natural wood. As the wood gets weaker and develops small holes and pores on its surface, pollens, dirt and dust can get embedded, changing the color of the deck.

Water affects deck negatively as well. When the wood isn’t sealed, it will absorb any water that it comes into contact with. Over time, that moisture can lead to not only greeting, but also decay and rot.

Greying decks, fortunately, can be revived and brought back to their original beauty with the right cleaning and sealing. Renew Crew’s environmentally friendly foam penetrates deep into the wood’s surface, removing the grey wood and uncovering what is beneath. After the grey had been removed, it’s important to protect the wood for the sun, elements and dirt moving forward. Our protective finish will do just that. Take a look at the video below to see for yourself.

Why Hiring Pressure Washing Companies Makes Perfect Sense

If you wouldn’t hire an attorney to fix your car or ask a fry cook to do your taxes, why would you hire anyone but a professional to work on your home and deck? People hire professionals to do what they are trained for, and we dedicate ourselves to being the ultimate professionals at pressure washing decks and patios.

Pressure Washing Companies: Excellent Expertise

Most chemicals available off the shelf get the job done in the moment, but can cause damage to decks overtime. Additionally, these harsh agents can ruin nearby plant life, poison pets, or even harm your family. Hiring a company with a background in pressure washing ensures you have an experienced employee doing your cleaning, not just somebody with a pressure washer. They know what they’re doing, and know how to clean decks and driveways without damaging the concrete or nearby plant life.

The ReNew Crew Clean Way

We become professional by doing what we do often. Accountants account. Cooks cook. Pressure washing companies pressure wash. What most customers don’t understand is, they don’t just want a pressure wash—they want a cleansing renewal. Hosing down your kid when they get muddy is just one step to getting clean. There’s still more to do. The same goes for decks. We’ve found the best way to get decks clean is:

  • using a special foam to lift dirt, dead wood, and other debris
  • rinsing away all the undesirables with the foam
  • sealing the deck with UV- and weather-resistant sealant

A Wholesome Approach

A standard power wash consists of blasting the wood so hard you blow the grey wood chunks right off it. Now you’ve got chunks missing from your deck, and it’s still no cleaner. A ReNew Clean is a more wholesome approach. We’re always looking for better ways of doing business. That’s why we decided to create a deck cleaner that did what it was supposed to do: clean decks, and nothing else. It’s a special non-toxic cleansing agent that gets the job done just as well as commonly-used chlorine or other harsh chemicals, but with none of the destructiveness.

Whether your porch or deck is wood or concrete, we’ll happily take the job and renew it to its former glory. We do it our way because we’ve found it to be the best way to get the job done, and that’s what professionals do.

Deck Restoration with Deck Pressure Washing Services

Washing your deck might sound like a needless task. After all, isn’t that what the rain is for? However, just like you clean the floor inside your home, outdoor decks needs to be cared for. Proper deck washing lengthens the lifespan of your deck and improves its appearance.

Pressure washing isn’t as easy as it looks though. Done incorrectly, it will chew up decks, kill expensive plants, and damage home siding. Power washing a deck properly takes a skilled hand with the right cleansing agents.

Have the Experts Do It

With all the Do-It-Yourself projects outlined online for adventurous people, it’s easy to forget that some projects need to be done by certified, experienced specialists. **Deck pressure washing is definitely one of those projects. You’re welcome to diagnose your own illnesses too, but we’d recommend a doctor who has studied and done it before. Just the same, trust your deck cleaning to a company with a successful history in the business: ReNew Crew Clean. We’ve done it before, and we know how to do it right.

How We do Deck Pressure Washing

ReNew Crew Clean’s revolutionary 3-step process involves washing the deck surfaces with our proprietary cleansing solution that is designed to lift debris, dirt, and the dead grey wood from your deck. Next, we wash all that away with pressurized water: strong enough to remove the unwanted wood and dirt, but soft enough to leave the lower layers undamaged. Finally, we spray the whole deck again with a sealant to protect against future weathering effects and UV rays, ensuring your deck will last longer and look better.

Happily Cleaned and After

After power washing, you’ve got a beautifully restored deck that’s free and clear of dirt, debris, and dead wood. We’ve placed a protective seal over the good-looking, healthy wood that’s now the top layer of your deck. It will be more resilient to rain and snow and the fading effects of burning UV rays.

That’s what we do at ReNew Crew. At the end of the day, we’re happy because we have another satisfied customer, and you’re happy because you’ve got a deck that looks like a million bucks, but for much less. Everybody wins, and that’s how we like it. If you’re interested in happiness, call ReNew Crew Clean today.

Outdoor Cleaning in the New Year

I’m not great with New Year resolutions. The overarching themes are hard to stick with for 12 months so I take a more tactical approach. At the beginning of the year I make a to-do list for myself. I then have the next 365 days to accomplish them. While some are easy, some are bigger projects that may take months to finish. This year, my husband and I have decided to place more importance on improving our yard.

We’ve owned our home for the past three and half years. The yard we were drawn to when purchasing the home has unfortunately been a bigger job than we thought. This year we are recommitting to getting the yard in tip-top shape. We’ll be removing trees and bushes, clearing out space for more grassy areas, and enhancing our outdoor living spaces.

Our house has two main outdoor living areas: a deck off of our kitchen and a concrete patio off our family room. Both spaces need some TLC.

The deck isn’t very big but has seen better days. It definitely needs a good cleaning and pressure washing to get rid of some of the built up dirt since the last time we cleaned it. Renew Crew’s cleansing foam is environmentally friendly and won’t harm the beautiful azaleas that are around the deck, which is a major plus for us. Additionally, our washing method is different than a lot of other pressure washing companies. Other companies use a high amount of pressure that can be damaging to some woods, but because the Renew Crew foam penetrates deep into the wood, we don’t need as much pressure.

Cleaning isn’t the only thing our deck needs. We have a great privacy fence that has built in planters. My goal is to plant flowers and herbs in the planters to fill it out and bring more greenery in the space.

As for the patio, it, like the deck, needs to be thoroughly cleaned and sealed. We usually have drinks and food on the patio with friends, so it can get messy. We, by the end of the year, want that space to just be more welcoming.

So there are a few ideas I have for my 2013 to-do list but I’m sure more will be added through the New Year.

Keep Your Outdoor Spaces Looking Cleaner Longer

At Renew Crew, we’re happy to help homeowners clean and rejuvenate their outdoor living spaces with our environmentally friendly cleaning process, but we do get questions from clients who wonder how they can keep that space looking cleaner longer. Routine maintenance or cleaning is key. If you want your space to look nice, here are some simple things to keep in mind.


Clean off debris. Leaves, branches and other natural debris are common, especially in the fall and winter months. If you don’t remove them, especially piles of leaves, dirt and water can sit right there on your outdoor spaces, penetrating deeper into your patio, deck, walkway and more. Have you ever picked up a leaf and noticed the clear mark it leaves on a space? That stain becomes more apparent the longer it sits.

Clean up as messes happen. When I spill something on my living room rug (I’m clumsy), I clean it up right away. I don’t want anything noticeable on my carpet. I admittedly am not as good when it comes to spills outside. I guess there is a part of me that thinks the rain will wash it away, and judging from a lot of outdoor living spaces I’ve seen, I’m not the only one with that mindset. Cleaning up messes as they happen however, will keep your outdoor living spaces looking nicer. Now, I don’t mean doing a deep deck cleaning every time you spill a little coffee, but I do mean wiping it up.

Rinse off your spaces periodically. Mother Nature’s grime will get on your exterior surfaces. Take a hose to your deck, porches, patios, siding, walkways, etc. from time to time and wash away what you can. While, it may not be perfectly clean, it will wash away any loose dirt.

Every year or two, depending on how clean a space is kept most homeowners will need professional exterior cleaning. If you have questions regarding the best way to clean your outdoor surfaces, contact your local Renew Crew office.

Cleaning Up after Sandy

Hurricane Sandy devastated parts of the Northeast this weekend and impacted a large part of the country. As we begin recovering from the damage, everyone here at Renew Crew is thinking of those affected by the storm.

Cleaning up after Sandy will take weeks for some areas and months for others. As some of your exterior surfaces may not look their best after the high winds and rain, Renew Crew wanted to offer some clean up tips.

*Brush off your decks, porches, patios, walkways, etc. to start the exterior cleaning process. Not only will get the leaves and branches off the surfaces, but an outdoor brush may be able to remove a large amount of the dirt that was swept onto it. When it’s swept off, you’ll be able to see if you need professional help.

  • If you don’t know how to use a pressure washer, don’t try. Call a professional. A power washer, when not used properly, can not only harm your outdoor surfaces, but you. Power washers are strong machines. When used correctly, they can have great results, but when done incorrectly, it can gouge your wood decks leaving clear lines where the power hit it. More important than your deck, however, is you, and pressure washers can cause serious injury. They can cut through the skin VERY easily and can push water (or chemicals if you are cleaning with them) under your skin.
  • Unfortunately after some big storms, some people try to take advantage of those people whose mindshare may be heavily divided. Make sure you are working with a reputable, licensed and insured company and not someone who popped up out of nowhere. That way, you you’re your outdoor spaces will be treated and cleaned the way they should be.
    If you have questions regarding exterior cleaning, please contact your local Renew Crew office.

Getting More Out of Your Outdoor Living Spaces

When my husband and I bought our house, it already had a small deck on the back off the kitchen. Unfortunately after updating other parts of the house, we didn’t want to spend another $10,000 on a new deck when the one we already had one that was structurally sound. That’s when we realized that we just needed to get it cleaned and refinished.

That’s the idea behind Renew Crew, to get more time out of your outdoor living spaces before replacing them. Every deck, patio or walkway is going to show some wear as time goes on, especially in areas of the country that have harsh winter elements. Wood will fade and stains will happen. Renew Crew’s deck cleaning and sealing process will rejuvenate your outdoor spaces making them look new again.

Our Pre-Soak foam penetrates deep into the outdoor surface loosening and lifting embedding dirt. For especially difficult stains a specialized product may be applied to make sure we get the majority of the spot out.

After rinsing your deck, porch, patio or other outdoor living space with non-damaging pressure, Renew Crew seals the structure with a product that protects the space from dirt, grime and the natural elements. Our deck sealing product has special polymers that block those and UV rays that often fade your deck to grey.

Here are some great before and after pictures to show you what a different Renew Crew can make: