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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.

Updating An Outdoor Living Space for a Lighter Look

At Renew Crew, the majority of our clients contact us because their outdoor living spaces aren’t looking great. Their decks or fences may be greying or their patio or gutters may be stained.

A space does not have look bad to warrant a visit from Renew Crew however. Take this gazebo for instance. It doesn’t look bad at all. The color is even and it isn’t fading or chipping in any area. The owners simply didn’t like the color. It was too dark for their taste and they wanted something lighter.

Even though the wood wasn’t dirty, Renew Crew’s still needed to clean, strip and protect the surface. A stripping formula had to be used to remove the existing color as a lighter stain can’t be applied to a darker to make a difference.

After the color was removed, Renew Crew used its eco-friendly wood cleaning solution to remove any dirt or grime that had built up on the surface. A lot of the dirt would have been removed in the stripping process, but you can never be too careful!

Once the cleaning solution was able to loosen any dirt, grime or dead wood fibers, we rinsed it with a low-pressure wash. This is where hiring a professional pressure washing company is helpful. Pressure washing can easily cause damage on outdoor surfaces, sometimes leaving gouges or chips if it’s a patio, not to mention you can easily hurt yourself! Each of our trained team members knows how to get rid of all the grime safely without damaging your outdoor living spaces.

The last step is protecting the wood, which is also when the wood gets its color. Renew Crew applied a lighter, semi-transparent wood protectant to the gazebo. It was the perfect update for the homeowner to have the brighter outdoor living space she was hoping for.

If you have questions on cleaning or updating your outdoor living spaces, please reach out to your local Renew Crew office.

When Only the Cleanest Clean will Do

There are times when you just want your home to look its best: a graduation party you’re hosting, an office get-together, or maybe your in-laws are coming to visit. If you’re like me, you go into a cleaning frenzy to make sure everything is perfect, both indoors and out.

When it comes to outdoor maintenance, sometimes the job is best left to the pros. I know that a landscaper will leave my property looking better than I ever will and when it comes to pressure washing, Renew Crew is the team to turn to.

At Renew Crew, we pride ourselves on providing the cleanest clean, but the true difference is in our products and process. Unlike other pressure washing companies, Renew Crew only uses eco-friendly products. Harsh chemicals can clean your surfaces well, but they can also discolor or kill the surrounding plants and flowers or get into your ground water. Our cleaning products are still tough on dirt and grime, but won’t leave any negative effects on your landscaping. We apply the cleaner with a foam sprayer.

After the eco-friendly cleaner has time to dig deep into the surface and loosen the dirt, we use a pressure washer to remove all the grime. If you watch this step happen, you’ll be amazed at the difference it can make.

This is where the typical pressure washing company stops, but they’re missing the most important step! Renew Crew goes one step further by protecting your surfaces from further damage, mold and mildew. Cleaning and not protecting your deck, patio or walkway will actually make it more susceptible to dirt as the pores have been freshly opened. Just like the cleaning solution, Renew Crew’s protective products are eco-friendly. They bring out the color and textures of the surfaces and stop the elements, even UV-rays, from getting to the materials.

Our clients know that when their property has to look it’s best, they can trust Renew Crew and so can you!

Updating the Outside of your Commercial Property

I was recently out of town and in need of a bank. I, of course, looked up the closest branch of my bank to see where to go. When I pulled up, however, I was surprised at what I saw. The building was dirty, the walkway was covered with leaves; it just didn’t look like a place that I wanted to be. Heck, it didn’t even look like it was in business. I looked up another bank a few blocks away to patron instead.

When it comes to businesses, it’s important that your customer or client feels comfortable on your property. If they don’t, they may take their business elsewhere. If you own or manage a commercial property, here are some maintenance tips to consider.

Clear off the walkways. Messy sidewalks not only make your property look unkempt, but they can also be dangerous, and you don’t want anyone injuring themselves on your property. Make sure that the walkways are cleared off regularly.

Pay attention to the landscaping. Landscaping can make a big difference in the appearance of any property, residential or commercial. Have some clippers on hand for any rouge branches that you notice. Pull weeds as they pop up and it won’t seem like a big project.

Touch up chips with paint. Paint chips, it’s natural, however, when a property has massive chipping it looks as if it isn’t well maintained. Keep a few test pots of paint on property to make any touch ups between any repainting projects. Key areas to pay attention to are railings and doors.

Clean the surfaces. Commercial properties probably require more outdoor surface cleaning than residential because of their reliance on clients. Once a year, have your walkways, gutters, building and other outdoor surface cleaned and protected. At Renew Crew, we pride ourselves on enhancing the appearance of your building by ridding the surfaces of built up dirt, mold, mildew and other grime.

If you have questions on cleaning the outside of your commercial property, please contact your local Renew Crew.

Does your concrete patio need a makeover?

When the weather is nice, I can be found outside with my husband, friends or dog. It’s the perfect place to relax, however, I don’t like it when the space looks less than stellar. Whether the grass isn’t mowed, the shrubs need trimming or the deck or patio needs cleaned, I can’t fully relax until everything looks great.

At our old house, we had a concrete slab for a patio outside our family room. It was the perfect size for a few outdoor chairs and grill but like all outdoor surfaces, it needed regular maintenance. Concrete is a very porous material and absorbs dirt and water and other materials, oftentimes leaving deep set stains. Water can be one of the most harmful materials this time of year. If the water freezes after it sets in the surface and expands, it can cause cracking and crumbling.

This job from our pressure washing company in the Lake Gaston area is a great example of the difference patio sealing and cleaning can make. As you can see in the before picture, there are stains on the surface and the color is very uneven. To update the space, the homeowners hired Renew Crew.

Renew Crew used its proprietary products to make the patio look brand new. A patio cleaner was applied to the surface to loosen dirt, grim and mold. Unlike other outdoor cleaners, Renew Crew utilizes eco-friendly products that won’t harm the surrounding lawn, bushes or flowers.

After the cleaning is finished, the entire space is rinsed and given time to dry. Once it’s dry, a protective layer is used to seal the surface and improve the color and appearance of the concrete. The concrete sealants are available in a number of colors and finishes to choose from, but it’s very important that the space isn’t simply cleaned, but also sealed. Without a protectant, the surface pores are left open and will begin to absorb moisture and dirt right away.

If you have a concrete patio or other outdoor surface that needs cleaning and sealing, please contact your local Renew Crew office.

Updating an Event Space in Kansas

A few weeks ago I was reading one of my favorite lifestyle blogs. They were writing about a house they had recently purchased. The home had original wood window frames that just weren’t maintained properly. Over time, the wood had grown mold and mildew and began to deteriorate. It was a good representation of why wood needs to be cleaned and maintained properly.

As luck would have it, a few days after I read that blog I saw a project from our pressure washing company in Kansas City that illustrated proper wood care. Philip and Wayne Howe of Renew Crew of Johnson County were hired for an issue at a popular event space, the Heritage Center in Olathe, KS. The roof of the structure has a series of flat roof dormers built with wood. Every time it rained, water would roll off the top and under the other side, leading to ugly stains.

Renew Crew of Johnson County used our 3-step wood cleaning process to tackle this job. For this difficult to treat area, the Renew Crew wood cleaning foam was incredibly important. A liquid cleaner wouldn’t have been able to dig deep into the wood before it dripped right off the dormer (it’s upside down!). The foam clings to all surfaces allowing it to drill into the wood’s pores, loosening deep-set stains and removing dry wood fibers.

Once the foam was given the opportunity to work, the wood was rinsed with a low pressure washer to remove everything.

Leaving the wood as it was after the rinse would have improved the appearance of the dormers, removing the stains, but it would leave them susceptible to the same issues if it weren’t protected. Renew Crew applied a natural wood semi-transparent sealant that keeps water from absorbing into the surface again, preventing stains.

Isn’t the difference amazing? Now the Heritage Center looks like the premiere event space in Olathe yet again.

If you have wood, concrete, siding or gutters than need to be cleaned, please contact your local Renew Crew office.

Have and Outdoor Shower? Make Sure you Clean it!

My aunt and uncle built a new house just last year. They are big into the outdoors and can be found biking, hiking or kayaking pretty much daily when the weather is nice. Instead of traipsing through the house while dirty, they decided to install an outdoor shower at their home. The shower itself was beautiful when it was first built, but it’s already showing its age. A recent job from our pressure washing expert in Richmond reminded me of this predicament.

Tim Wright was recently brought to the client in Chesterfield that needed to have their outdoor shower cleaned and protected. Wood outdoor showers are beautiful, but its isn’t surprising they require regular maintenance. Not only are they vulnerable to the elements, just like other outdoor surfaces, but they are arguably exposed to even more.

It’s normally for any wood surface to start to grey as it’s in the sun more and more. Additionally, when the wood’s sealant starts to deteriorate homeowners will notice an increase of mold and mildew. Soap and shampoo residue can add to the issues of aging wood when the sealant is weak.

Tim and his Renew Crew – South of the James team, which services Chesterfield, Midlothian and the surrounding areas, tackled the outdoor shower and brought back its color and life with our 3 step process:

1. An eco-friendly wood cleaning foam is applied to the wood’s surface. The foam is exceptionally effective because it can work its way into the pores loosening dirt and grime before just streaming off like liquid can.
2. Once the foam has done its job, the surface is then pressure washed to rinse everything away. Wood is noticeably cleaner during this step.
3. The final step is to protect the wood. Without protection, wood is susceptible to additional dirt and grime. Our eco-friendly wood protectant enhances the wood’s color and stops moisture, dirt and UV rays from settling on the surface.

If you have questions on cleaning and protecting your outdoor surfaces, 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.

Outdoor Update and Upkeep Ideas for Fall

With football, pumpkins, apples and changing leaves, what is there not to love about the fall? It’s my favorite season. As we transition from summer to fall, here are some of Renew Crew’s update and upkeep ideas for you to consider this season.


As the leaves change, add some the colors of autumn to your outdoor décor. There are so many options that will make your home look more welcoming to friends and family. An update that’s easy but beautiful is to add a few pumpkins and bunches of mums to your front porch. Mums are available in yellows, oranges, and deep reds that look great! If you want something more involved, find a place to get some hay or dried cornstalk to dress it up.

With the fall comes early nighttime darkness. To provide sure footing and increase the safety and security of your property, you can invest in outdoor lighting. Just a few path lights can make a world of difference along the walkways leading up to your home. Our sister company, Outdoor Lighting Perspectives, provides beautifully designed, installed and maintained landscape lighting systems.


While making updates to your front porch and adding lighting will make your home look better, outdoor maintenance is still important in the fall. In fact, it can be more important than other parts of the year. Fall is known for its beautiful changing leaves, but those leaves can cause issues when not dealt with properly. As they fall, leaves will begin to puddle moisture and dirt. If they aren’t swept off walkways, driveways, decks and patios, it can lead to deep stains. Sweeping off your outdoor living structures as well as picking up any sticks throughout the season will pay off in the long run.

When it comes to cleaning your outdoor surfaces, in many ways fall is the perfect time to do it. During the fall and winter, a lot of natural debris can come in contact with your outdoor surfaces and settle in its pores. At Renew Crew, we clean surfaces, but we also protect them. That protection is important in the winter as it will stop a lot of the dirt and grime from getting into your decks and patios, leaving you with a great looking space come spring.

If you are interested in pressure washing and protecting your outdoor surfaces, please contact your local Renew Crew office.

Wood Siding Requires TLC too

When it comes to being outdoors 24 hours a day, 365 days a year, it’s not surprising that outdoor surfaces need a little TLC from time to time. While power washing wood, concrete, vinyl or other outdoor surface with help aesthetically, it’s also important for the condition of the material.

This commercial building in the Charlotte area has a lot of wood siding. It’s beautiful with its rustic color and texture, however it was in need of attention. The wood had begun to dry out in the sun and grey. If you aren’t sure if your wood surfaces need cleaning and sealing, greying is one sign that it may be time to hire a pressure washing company. Another sign is if water is being absorbed into the surface instead of beading away.

When water settles in wood surfaces it can lead to mold and mildew. Mold and mildew, when not tackled appropriately and in a timely fashion can lead to deteriorating wood conditions.

With this structure, DIY was not an option. The height of the surface required the attention of professionals. Renew Crew of Charlotte was hired to clean and protect the surface. We were able to use our 3-step process to bring this wood back to life!

The first step is to spray the surface with our environmentally friendly wood cleaning foam. The foam is incredibly effective and is perfect for vertical surfaces. Instead of running down the wall like a liquid would, it adheres to the wood and penetrates deep into the surface.

After the cleaning solution is given a chance to work its magic, it is time to rinse the surface with the pressure washer, getting rid of the dead wood fibers, dirt and grime.

The last step is to apply the wood protectant and sealant. Renew Crew’s semi-transparent wood sealant comes in a number of colors but still allows the wood grain and knots to be appreciated. Because of the height of this space, Renew Crew of Charlotte had to use a roller instead of a sprayer.

If you have wood that needs some TLC, please contact your local Renew Crew office.

Extend Your Outdoor Living this Fall

Labor Day weekend marks the end of summer. Football season has started and kids are going back to school. The end of summer and beginning of fall, however, doesn’t need to mean the end to your outdoor living season.

Fire and heating features are growing in popularity. Just this year, the American Society of Landscape Architects named fire features to be one of the most popular components to outdoor living. Whether it is a fire pit or outdoor fireplace, some type of heating mechanism prolongs the months of the year you can utilize your outdoor living spaces. One of my favorite things to do in the fall is to huddle around a fire pit with friends, a glass of wine and some s’mores.

Fire and heating features can be as simple or as complex as you’d like. As long as they provide some heat, you can be outside even if the weather turns cool. Some homeowners prefer something more permanent like a custom designed and built outdoor fireplace or fire pit, while others want something more mobile, like a portable propane heater or fire pit from the local store.

If you have a permanent fire feature on your property, you may not realize that just like your patio or deck, it too should be cleaned periodically. It’s a good best practice to remove ash and dust regularly and rinse everything with your garden hose. A hose will remove any loose dirt or spider webs that may settle over time (it’s spider season people!).

Every year or so, you may need to take outdoor cleaning to the next level and higher a pressure washing company. Because many outdoor fireplace and fire pits are made with pavers or concrete, they’re naturally porous. Dirt, dust, ash, and water can seep into the surface. You may also notice the typical mold or mildew that can build up. At Renew Crew, we use eco-friendly products to kill and remove all of that grime and bring your outdoor surfaces back to life.

If you have questions on how to clean your fire features, please contact your local Renew Crew. We’ll work with you to make your space look new again so you can enjoy a clean space this fall.

And lastly, Happy Labor Day!

How You Can Easily Add Some Curb Appeal to Your Home this Month

Happy National Curb Appeal Month! That’s correct, August is dedicated to helping homeowners increase their home’s curb appeal. Updating the exterior of your home to make it look better doesn’t have to be a big process. You can make it as strenuous or expensive as you’d like. If you aren’t sure where to start with your property, here are some ideas:

Landscaping. It’s normal for trees, bushes and flowers to grow during the spring and summer, but sometimes they get a little unruly. Trimming and pruning your landscaping can make a big impact on the curb appeal of your home. Regularly mowing the lawn also makes your home look well kept.

Pick up. With thunderstorms or outdoor play with kids and dogs, it’s normal for debris to be present on your property. Walk around and pick up an sticks, leaves, acorns and throw them away. If your kids are known to leave their toys outside, considering getting a storage bin that they place everything in when they are done for the day. Having a clean yard at the end of the day will make your home look more inviting.

Cleaning. Whether it’s your siding, walkways, steps or gutters, outdoor surfaces get dirty over time. Regular cleaning is a part of home maintenance. A pressure washing company, like Renew Crew, can visit your home and revive your outdoor surfaces so they look new again. Renew Crew even takes it one step further by protecting your surfaces from future dirt and grime.

If pressure washing isn’t necessary at this point, make it a habit to rinse off your outdoor surfaces with your garden hose.

Touch Ups. Painted surfaces are known to chip from time to time. Walk around the front of your home and make notes of the areas that may need a few touchups. This may include your railings, doors, mailbox and more. If you don’t have paint on hand, tester pots from your local home improvement store should be enough to fix minor touch ups.

A little effort on your property can go a long way when it comes to increasing your home’s curb appeal and what better month to do it than National Curb Appeal Month!

Should I Clean and Seal my Fence?

Fences may not be an outdoor surface that you “use” like your deck, patio, driveway or walkway, but they still serve a purpose. They define your outdoor living space and property and keep your kids and pets in the yard (or your neighbors out). They, like all your outdoor surface, need regular maintenance to stay looking great.

But why do you need to clean and seal your grey and weathering fence if it’s just a border around your property? Here’s why:

Wood fences withstand a lot of elements being outside. It’s normal for mold, mildew and dirt to build up over time. All of that, plus the wood drying out from the sun’s harmful rays, can weaken the wood. Regular fence cleaning and sealing will make your fence last longer. It will keep the wood from drying out and breaking.

Fences are part of your outdoor landscape. Unless they are completely covered by bushes and trees, you will lookout into your backyard and to your fence. Don’t you want it to look nice? Take this deck for example. While the yard is nice and green, the fence is grey dreary. After a nice and thorough fence cleaning, it looks brand new and much more pleasant to look at while spending time outdoors with friends and family.

At Renew Crew, we recommend not only cleaning the fencing that faces your outdoor living spaces, but also the fence that faces the street and passersby. A clean and sealed fence will increase the curb appeal of your home, making it look like a property that is well cared for.

Fence cleaning requires a great outdoor cleaning product and pressure washing. At Renew Crew, we use environmentally friendly foam to clean wood. Pressure washing is important to removing the built-up dirt and splintering wood, but when done incorrectly, it can also leave marks and gouges in the wood. Hiring a professional to do the work ensures your fence is left undamaged.

Sealing the fence will bring back the color to the wood as well as protect it against the elements.

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

Brighten your Home’s Façade with Gutter Cleaning

Gutter cleaning is an important part of outdoor maintenance, however, most homeowners focused solely on the inside of the gutters. But cleaning the outside of your gutters makes your home look brighter and well kept.

I have to admit, when I first purchased our home, I never even looked at the outside of my gutters. As a new homeowner, I knew I needed to periodically clean out any leaves or other debris that may clog my gutters, but when it came to the outside of the gutters, they were completely ignored. It wasn’t until I really paid attention that I realized how dirty they were!

When you think about it, it’s not surprising that the outside of gutters get so dirty. Tar and debris from your roof shingles will streak down and stain the outside, dirty water may roll over the surface and they are constantly vulnerable to Mother Nature’s elements.

Cleaning your gutters is one home maintenance task that we recommend a professional pressure washing company tackle for you as there are some safety concerns. Gutters are high off the ground and you’ll need the right equipment to reach the area (you don’t want to clean on an unsteady ladder). Additionally, gutters can easily be cut or dented if a pressure washer isn’t used properly.

At Renew Crew, our trained gutter cleaning and protecting technicians will make your gutters look great, and keep them looking that way! First we apply a deep penetrating cleaning foam to the entire gutter. We use environmentally friendly foam because it sticks to the surface longer than a liquid, allowing it to loosen dirt and stains.

After the foam does its job, we rinse it all away with a pressure washer. After this step, you’ll be able to notice the difference clean gutters can make!

Lastly, we apply a clear protectant to the gutters. The protectant will keep dirt and stains from setting into the surface again.

If you have questions regarding professional gutter cleaning, or any other outdoor surface, please call your local Renew Crew experts.

Preparing for your Fourth of July Party

Independence Day is a little over a week away. If you’re hosting an outdoor party, it helps if you think ahead and prepare for the event in advance. While some things can wait until a day or two before the fourth, others can be done at any time, including getting your yard ready. Here’s a quick guide to making your space look great for your guests.

Whether it is from high wind and thunderstorms to dogs tumbling through the bushes, your yard may be in need of some picking up. Go around your property and pick up any debris including sticks and leaf and grass clippings. Not only will a quick clean up make your yard look better, but it will also be safer with less objects for people to trip over.

Your trees and shrubs are in the peak of their growing season and can start to look a little unkept. Trimming up any wayward branches can make your overall yard look neater. We suggest checking a pruning guide for suggestions on your particular plants to make sure you aren’t causing any damage. Plants right around your entertaining areas are the most important as you don’t want them poking or pricking any of your guests!

Add some color to the area with flowers! Your local home improvement store or nursery will have a number of flowering plants that you can place on your deck and patio for everyone to enjoy. Since it is the Fourth of July, look for red, white and blue flowers to bring some patriotic flavor to the space.

If your outdoor furniture needs a deep cleaning, tackle that task ahead of time. Instead of wiping the chairs and tables when your guests are arriving, clean the furniture properly a few days before the party.

Sweep and rinse off your decks, porches or patios to remove any caked on dirt or grime. If you have deep-set stains, contact a pressure washing company like Renew Crew to clean and protect your space. You’ll be amazed by what a thorough cleaning can do.

By taking care of your yard a week or so before your Fourth of July party, you can focus on the food, drinks and company when the day finally arrives.

Happy Independence Day everyone!

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.

Get Your Cabin Ready for Summer

It’s just about that time of year, when you escape to the water, mountains or other getaway for the weekend. I remember vacationing with my family at a lake in Maine in a cozy log cabin for a week each summer. Since then, I’ve always loved the look of log cabins, but never knew the necessary work it required.

Log cabins, like any home require regular maintenance. With harsh outdoor elements and normal wear, a home needs to be clean and sealed, however it may be even more important for wood cabins. As wood is exposed to the suns’ rays, it will begin to loose its beautiful color and dry out. At Renew Crew, we can revitalize your log cabin with our wood cleaning and protecting.

Take this project from Renew Crew of Lake Gaston for example. As you can see, the log cabin needed an update. The wood has started to grey in areas leaving the color inconsistent throughout the surface. Renew Crew came out to preform its three-step wood process.

The first step in log cabin cleaning is to foam the entire service with a wood cleaning product. Unlike other pressure washing companies, Renew Crew uses a foam product so that it can really work its way into the service. Liquid cleaning detergents tend to run down vertical spaces before it can loosen dirt and dead wood fibers.


After allowing the wood cleaner to work, the surface is rinsed with a low-pressure washer. The water pressure will rid the surface of the dirt, grime and fibers. It’s in this step when you will notice the difference professional surface cleaning can do.

The last step is arguably the most important: protection. After the log cabin has dried completely, Renew Crew applies a protective layer that will stop water and dirt from getting back into the wood’s pores. Additionally, it will reflect the UV-rays from the sun so it won’t dry out as quickly. While the protection factor is important, the application will also bring back the color of the wood. Renew Crew has a number of different color protectants for our clients to choose from.

If you want to look at a beautifully clean log cabin this summer, please reach out to your local Renew Crew office.

Pressure Washing Tips for Great Results

As an expert pressure washing company, we at Renew Crew know how to use a power washer properly, but we realize a lot of homeowner’s would rather try it themselves than hire experts. If you are a do-it-yourselfer looking to clean your outdoor spaces, pressure washing is an effective way to do it, but it can also be dangerous. Please use these pressure washing tips for great (and safe) results.

First and foremost, be safe. The water released from the machine is very strong and can easily cut your skin and cause bleeding. To make sure you are safe, wear closed toe shoes and pants. Additionally, dirt, grime and more come spraying back at you when using a pressure washer and trust us, you don’t want that in your eye. Eye protection is an absolute must in the world of pressure washing. Wear goggles or glasses the entire time you clean your deck, porch, patio, walkway or other outdoor surface.

Read the directions. I must admit, I all too often jump into projects without all the knowledge that I need, but when it comes to pressure washing, reading the directions is important. The directions will give you an idea of how to use the machine, what to expect, etc. Not only will that keep you safe, but also your outdoor surfaces. You don’t want to gouge your deck or crack your patio!

Choose the right nozzle. There are a number of nozzles that go on the top of the pressure washing hose. They range from 0 to 40 degrees and affect the pressure released from the hose. The lower the degree number, the stronger the spray will be. Depending on the type of surface you are cleaning and the amount of dirt you need to remove, you’ll want to use specific nozzles. Read the instructions for recommendations.

Check the pressure carefully. Power washers carry that name for a reason: they’re powerful. When used improperly, they can easily gouge and crack your outdoor surfaces. Check the pressure level in an area that is on the side. Start with the nozzle further away and move closer. Starting too close will increase the chances of you doing damage.

If you have questions or concerns regarding using a pressure washer, we suggest just hiring a professional. Our trained staff at Renew Crew will leave you outdoor spaces looking great!

What Color Should I Stain my Deck?

When it comes to sealing your deck, the color and finish options are endless. From shiny to matte, it’s all available. Here are some questions to consider as you look to re-stain your deck:

The first question to ponder is whether you prefer a semitransparent or solid wood stain. Solid wood stains have a similar finish to paint, masking the wood grain. They normally show wear more quickly than semitransparent, but it does provide a nice even color throughout the space. Semitransparent wood stains protect against moisture and dirt, but don’t cover up the wood grain like a solid stain.

After you’ve decided on a semi-transparent or solid wood protectant, the color is important. You’ll want something that complements and doesn’t clash with the finishes of the house. Consider what will go well with the façade or trim of the home.

Solid wood stains are available in an endless about of colors so you are sure to find something that works well. At Renew Crew, we have semitransparent wood protectants in a variety of colors, but our three most popular are the natural, cedar and brown finishes. Each of them have a matte finish. Here is an example of two homes that use different color finishes, one natural and one brown:

The homeowners on the left opted for the natural wood protectant as they wanted to see and appreciate the grain, knots, etc. of the wood. The home on the right, needed the darker brown color to go with the darker trim colors of the home. You can see in the picture that around the garage door they have a darker wooden frame.

This fence was finished with the cedar finish. While the base of the cedar is red in texture, it can look different on different wood as it brings out the natural reddish tones in the wood.

If you have questions on pressure washing and protecting wood, please reach out to your nearest Renew Crew location. Our trained professionals will work with you to get your outdoor living spaces looking great and will help you to pick the right finish for your property.

Dock Cleaning that Won’t Harm the Water

There is nothing like enjoying a beautiful day or night out on the lake. That is until you notice that your dock is greying and it feels rough and cracks under your steps. That doesn’t necessarily mean that the dock needs to be replaced. Docks can be cleaned and renewed and you can do it safely!

Because docks are installed over water, they have to be carefully cleaned and protected. A lot of outdoor cleaning products include harsh cleaning chemicals that can harm the water below, killing fish and other aquatic animals.

At Renew Crew, we don’t use harsh chemicals that will harm lakes, ponds, rivers, etc. Our dock cleaning products are environmentally friendly, allowing it to be cleaned and protected while the dock is installed and in the water.

Docks should be cleaning and protected periodically to keep them looking and feeling great. Once the cleaning solution is applied to the surface, it will begin to loosen the greying, dead wood fibers. The entire space is then pressure washed to get rid of all the dirt and grime, leaving the wood looking like new.


After the dock is cleaned, it then has to be protected. Obviously the deck is exposed to moisture, which means it can lead to mold and mildew. Our environmentally friendly wood sealant will protect the wood from water and bring the rich wood color back to your space.

Instead of spending the summer on an ugly, weathered dock, reach out to your nearest Renew Crew office. As the leading pressure washing company, we can make sure that you enjoy the summer on a beautiful dock.

Environmentally Friendly Outdoor Cleaning and Sealing

When it comes to outdoor surfaces, they can get mighty dirty. With caked on dirt, grime and mold, you may think that you need a harsh bleach or chlorine-based surface cleaner to truly get it clean, but that isn’t the case. There are environmentally friendly outdoor cleaning options as well.

The majority of outdoor cleaning products do contain bleach which does an effective job cleaning surfaces and killing mold and mildew. While it kills mold and mildew, it also kills other things as well, like shrubs, flowers and grass. Whoever is applying the chemicals have to be very careful as not to overspray.

At Renew Crew, we use environmentally friendly products that work just as effectively as harsh chemicals, but don’t kill the surrounding landscaping.

The first time I went to see one of our pressure washing companies clean a deck, I have to admit I was surprised by how it was applied and how well it works. When the outdoor cleaning spray was applied to the surface, there was some overspray that got one some bordering shrubs. I thought the technician would be nervous and remove it right away, but when I asked, I was told that it wouldn’t do anything to shrubs, and when I checked at the end of the project, the shrubs were perfect.

Just like the cleaning products, Renew Crew’s sealing and protecting products are environmentally friendly too, and we take our protection seriously! Whenever you clean and pressure wash your decks, patios, driveways and other outdoor surfaces, you need to have them sealed and protected, otherwise the dirt and grime comes right back! Not only does a sealing agent stop water and dirt from embedding in the surface again, but it also blocks the sun’s rays from bleaching out the color of the space.

If you have questions on the best ways to clean and protect your outdoor living spaces, please contact your local Renew Crew office.

Will Your Outdoor Cleaner Kill Your Plants?

If you are like me, you take pride in your yard. My husband and I, when the weather is nice, enjoy spending time outdoors and doing tasks around the yard. There is also that sense of satisfaction when you’ve finished mowing the lawn, trimming the bushes or planting some flowers.

One of my friends recently worked on some of her flowerbeds and then realized her patio needed cleaning. She went to the home improvement store and got some outdoor cleaning solution. At the end of the project, the patio looked great, but the flowerbeds she had worked on were nearly dead, all because of the cleaning solution!

A lot of outdoor cleaning products use chlorine bleach. It’s a great product to kill mold and mildew, but unfortunately it can kill a lot more than that. If it isn’t used properly, it can harm or even kill your landscaping, impacting the surface of the leaves and the growth.

It is very important that if you chose to clean your decks, porches, patios, siding, or other outdoor surface on your own that you follow the directions on the bottle very carefully. Do not just apply the chemicals and clean. They often have to be mixed or diluted before applying them to the space.

At Renew Crew, we use environmentally friendly outdoor cleaning products that won’t harm surrounding grass, bushes, trees, etc. Just because it is environmentally friendly does not mean that it isn’t strong however. The foam cleaner will kill that dreaded mold and mildew, without the harsh side effects and smells. It also loosens embedded dirt and grime from the surface so it can be rinsed away with water.

If you are hesitant to mix outdoor cleaning products, or aren’t exactly sure how best to clean your surfaces, call a professional pressure washer, like Renew Crew. We’ll work to bring your outdoor spaces back to life.

Cleaning Your Retaining Walls

Retaining walls are a great addition to an outdoor living space. They can be used as borders, railings and additional seating if needed. With their various finishes they can also be a decorative detail that brings an entire space together. Just like any other outdoor living structure, however, they need cleaning.

Retaining walls are built to withstand the elements, but that doesn’t mean they don’t show their wear over time. If they aren’t sealed properly, the stone or concrete it is made of will start to absorb moisture and dirt as well grow mold and mildew.

Recently, our pressure washing company in Austin cleaned and sealed a retaining wall, bringing it back to life. As you can see in the before image to the right, the wall was looking dirty and grimy. Hard water stains were showing down the front creating darker streaks in areas. The tone and color of the wall wasn’t consistent as it had originally been when built.

Renew Crew of Austin came out to clean and protect the wall. Our environmentally friendly outdoor cleaner was able to applied to the stone, paying careful attention to the many nooks and crannies that are visible to passersby.

After allowing the foam cleaner to dig deep into the surface, the wall was power washed to rid it of all the build up. After allowing the wall the dry, a layer of protectant was applied to keep future stains away. Most pressure washing companies will clean a surface, but don’t follow it up with protection,. That’s the most important part in our mind! If you don’t have a sealant of some kind, you have to go through the cleaning process more often, costing you more money.

You can see in the after picture how clean and consistent the stone looks. This is just one of Renew Crew’s protectant finishes. With the retaining wall example, the owner wanted something light in color and natural. Some clients, however want something a little deeper in color. This walkways, as you can see, is darker in color and the color variations of the stone are a little more noticeable. There are a number of different finishes that Renew Crew office apply to driveways, walkways, patios, retaining walls and more.

If you have questions on cleaning retaining walls, stone, or pavers in general, please contact your local Renew Crew office.

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.

Remove that Mold and Mildew before it gets Dangerous

Have you ever walked around your home and noticed some spots that just don’t look right? Are they white, gray or black? If so, that’s mold and mildew, a natural evil of the outside world. While it is natural, it can cause some health concerns if left to its own devices.

If left outside, mold and mildew aren’t a major concern (except that it looks awful), but it can work its way inside your home even if it is on your siding outside. Spores get in through cracks, windows and doors. It can cause some health problems (especially for the elderly and young) including headaches, difficulty breathing and asthma. To avoid this, pay attention to what is happening on the outside of your house as well as in.

Mold and mildew grow best in moist and shady areas. On your property, you may have sections that you could describe that way, but others may not be as easy to recognize. Overflowing gutters can cause a lot of moisture on your siding as it rolls down as well as around your laundry dryer exhaust.

The first step in protecting you and your family is to be observant and take action as soon as you see any mold and mildew on your siding. If you catch it early and it is present in an easy to reach spot, you may be able to clean it off yourself.

Make it a habit to spray down your siding a few times a year to get rid of any, dirt, mold and mildew that is loosely attached to the surface.

Do not ever paint over built up mold and mildew. You are just locking it in and it can continue to grow and cause damage.

Pressure washing siding should be done periodically if mold and mildew are a problem on your property. Due to the strength of a pressure washer, we suggest having a professional pressure washing company. Damaging siding with a pressure washer will just cause more issues instead of fixing the mold and mildew one.

At Renew Crew, we use our three-step process to clean and protect vinyl siding. Our pre-soak foam will kill the mold and mildew and loosen it from the surface before pressure washing it all away. When the surface is clean and looking new, we will add a protectant to keep it that way! This is an important step that makes the work last that the typical pressure washing company doesn’t do.

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

Foam Cleaner Instead of Liquid

A few weeks ago I posted about the different wood cleaning products that are available on the market. Some are super strong, but can be harmful while others aren’t strong enough for all of your cleaning needs. Renew Crew’s foam cleaner is the best way to get your outdoor surfaces, not just wood, looking brand new.

Several years ago (pre-Renew Crew) my brother “cleaned” the siding on his house. I say “cleaned” because I’m not exactly sure what it did (it didn’t look any cleaner to me). He sprayed some liquid cleaner on the siding which to me looked like it just ran down the side of the house without doing any cleaning. This is one of the reasons Renew Crew uses foam cleaner.

Renew Crew’s proprietary cleaning solutions come in foam form instead of liquid. We find that using foam allows it work deeper into the surface than liquid. Take this dirty deck for instance. It has greyed in areas and has mold and mildew built up on it. There a lot of cleaning to be done. Whatever cleaning solution is used, it has to dig deep into the surface, loosening embedding dirt and dead wood fibers and killing the mold and mildew.

Here is a picture of the fence mid-project. It has been foamed with our wood cleaner. You can see that the foam is sticking to the horizontal surface allowing it work its magic. Yes, it will drip down (it doesn’t defy gravity), but it takes longer to do so, giving it time to do its job. Liquid cleaners don’t do this. They drip down on horizontal surfaces or sometimes puddle on vertical ones. That’s why you may see projects that don’t look even in cleanliness or color.

With any outdoor cleaning product, even environmentally friendly ones likes ours, the surface does need to be rinsed. In most cases, a pressure washer is used because it provides the strength to get rid of everything that is rooted in the surface. We at Renew Crew suggest having a professional pressure washing company do this, especially if you aren’t familiar with using a power washer. It can not only damage your outdoor surfaces, but it can also be dangerous for the person using it if not handled correctly.

Here is the same fence after it has been cleaned and protected. Doesn’t it look great? The rich wood color is back without the dirty mold and mildew.

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

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.

Leaves, Acorns and Sticks, Oh My!

As a girl from the great state of Maine, I love the fall, especially the fall foliage. The bright yellows, reds and oranges make me very happy, but do you know what doesn’t make me happy? When they all fall to ground and have to be picked up. A necessary evil is how I would describe it.

Last fall I would have described my yard has a disaster area. Not only were leaves covering every inch of our property (we have a ton of mature oak trees), but acorns were dropping like crazy (you’re welcome squirrels). Along with the falling leaves and the acorns, we also had sticks that would come down from the trees when the wind blew strongly.

While I would much rather sit on the couch and watch Shark Tank all day, cleaning up the yard in the fall is a very important task when it comes to outdoor maintenance, especially when it comes to your outdoor surfaces.

As beautiful as they are, leaves can carry and hold a lot of dirt, especially when they are on the ground. If you let them sit on your outdoor surfaces, they can become dangerous and cause stains.


The nights are getting longer which mean it gets darker earlier. You may not be able to see clearly as you travel to and from your car at night. This is where your yard debris, when not removed in a timely fashion can become a hazard. Leaves not only become slippery when wet (not to mention when they are covered with frost in the mornings), but they cover up what lies beneath, increasing your chances of slipping and falling.

Leaves, acorns and yard debris can make your outdoor surfaces dirty. They can puddle in the rain and hold a lot of dirt, dust, etc. If they aren’t swept off the deck, patio, driveway, walkway and other outdoor surfaces, the dirt elements will have more time to work its way into the material, leaving stains and spots.

Acorns can cause more lasting damage if they split open and try to work it’s way to the ground. We actually found one acorn on our property that had rooted in between two pavers. Luckily for us it didn’t cause any damage to the paver, which it could have, but instead it was just difficult to remove.

At Renew Crew, we suggest sweeping off your outdoor living spaces once a week until the leaves are no longer falling. If you do leave your yard debris to settle only to realize you need a professional pressure washing company to clean it, please call your local Renew Crew office. We are much more than your typical pressure washers. Not only do we clean the surface with our environmentally friendly products, but we also protect your surfaces against more damage.

Increased Curb Appeal When Looking to Sell

When my husband and I were looking to purchase our first home, I was excited to visit different properties to see if I could envision us there. The outside of the home became an important piece of the puzzle as we went from house to house. While some homes were beautiful on the outside, there were others that I knew I didn’t like as soon as we pulled our car up to the front. When looking to sell a house, there are a few exterior cleaning projects that will make your home look great.

Last week we talked about cleaning vinyl siding. If the front of your home is siding, make sure that it is properly cleaned, removing the dirt and exposing the color below. Particular attention should be paid to the areas right below the roof line where some stains will accumulate.

Driveways and walkways in front of the home can make a huge impact. Take this house for example. If I had cropped the picture to not include the driveway, it looks great, a beautiful brick home. The driveway makes it look much dingier than it really is. Driveways, not surprisingly, get very dirty. Between dirt from the car tires, oil leaks and daily traffic, keeping a driveway perfectly clean is nearly impossible. Most of those stains, however, are removable. Take a look at this after photo. The home looks brighter and cleaner for people who visit the property.

I was surprised to find how much attention I gave the front stairs of the homes that my husband and I looked at. Why? Our realtor came to all of the houses with us and would have to get into the lock box and unlock the front door. During that short few minutes, we would be standing on the front stairs waiting. Cleaning the front stairs will make your home look better than if there is caked on dirt on all of it. Wouldn’t you rather picture yourself sitting on these after picture stairs than the first? I know I would.

Lastly, take note of any fences you have towards the front of your property, especially those that have gates that potential buyers have to walk through. Ridding it of all the embedded dirt and mold and having a new protective seal will make it look so much more welcoming.

At Renew Crew, we pride ourselves on making a huge visual difference on the property through the deep cleaning and protecting of all your outdoor surfaces. When preparing your house for sale, make sure not to only focus your efforts on the inside of the home. The outside is just as important, if not more. It is the first impression that people get of hopefully, their future home.

Foundation Cleaning done Right

There are parts of everyone’s home that may not get the love that the others do. For me, that has been the foundation. It’s not something that I pay attention to on daily basis, but recently I took the time to look and it looked terrible.

When you think about it, it isn’t surprising that foundations get as dirty as they do. They are exposed to all the natural elements and more. Being next to the ground, dirt, grass and a number of other outdoor elements are constantly being thrown at your foundation.

Like all other outdoor surfaces, foundations too need regular maintenance. At Renew Crew, our 3 step process will make your foundation look great without causing harm.

The foundation of the home is essential to the structure and stability of the house. This is one area that we as a professional pressure washing company must recommend that you do not do yourself. Pressure washers can create cracks in the foundation when not handled properly, so please hire a pro.

The first step in our foundation cleaning process is applying environmentally friendly foam cleaner. Most outdoor cleaning products are made with harsh chemicals that can kill your grass and plants and even seep into the soil beneath. Our environmentally foam cleaner won’t harm any of the surrounding plants, but is still strong enough to loosen embedded dirt and kill mold and mildew.

Rinsing the foundation is the second step. We utilize a low pressure washer to get rid of all the dirt, grime, mold, mildew and more. This is when the natural colors of the brick or concrete foundation will come back to life. Many homeowners don’t realize just how filthy the surface was until it is clean again and this is where you see the difference.

The last step is the lasting protection. Once the surface is dry, a layer of protectant is applied, closing the surface pores, stopping the elements from making their way in again.

If you are looking for a professional pressure washing company, please contact your local Renew Crew office.

Semitransparent vs. Solid Wood Stains

When it comes to the Renew Crew proprietary 3-step process, we are firm believers that the most important step is the last one, protection. Without a seal to protect the wood deck or fence, it will get dirty again more quickly. We are often asked about our wood stain and why we go with a semitransparent seal as opposed to a solid wood stain.

When it comes to protecting your outdoor living space, ultimately the look and finish that you like is most important.

Solid wood stains look and act like a paint. The color is even across the entire space, but they hide the beauty of the wood. The wood grain and knotting cannot be appreciated under a solid wood stain. If you like that consistent look, it may be a better choice for you.

Solid wood stains, do have some downsides. They do tend to show wear more quickly than a semitransparent seal. The areas of the space that are most travelled will show over time. Also, depending on the product, it can be difficult to remove for future cleaning and sealing.

One of biggest threats to wood is the sun and its UV rays. That’s why we don’t consider a clear sealant. Clear sealants don’t provide the UV protection that is necessary for long-lasting protection, greying your wood quickly.

At Renew Crew, we realized the best sealant is a semitransparent one. The semitransparent seal allows the polymers to penetrate deep into the wood for a good seal that will last. It blocks the sun’s rays and stops moisture and dirt from working their way into the surface.

Wood, to us, is beautiful. We like to see the beauty of it through its grain. As much as we can, we try not to cover that up. The semitransparent seal brings color and life back into the wood surface in a natural and beautiful way.

Renew Crew does have several colors of semitransparent seal. The most commonly used colors are the natural and the cedar. While the same color may be used on several decks, it may not look the same on each one. They bring out the natural colors and tones within the wood. So one deck with cedar sealant may look more red than the next. It’s all about enhancing the natural beauty of the wood.

If you have any questions, please reach out to your local Renew Crew office.

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Outdoor Clean Up Tips for Fall

The weather is turning cooler and you may be spending more time indoors, but that doesn’t mean you can neglect the outdoor areas of your property. Spending some time working outdoors will make it easier for you in the spring when you want to go back outside.

Clean up the yard. As leaves and acorns begin to fall, it’s important to go around your yard cleaning them up in a timely fashion. A buildup of leaves can smother your grass if it isn’t cleaning up.

Acorns, for those people with oak trees, are especially important to pick up quickly. If left, they will crack and begin to root in your yard. What would be an easy chore of raking them up will turn into you pulling at each one individually. Trust me, I have experience in this.

If you have branches that have fallen in your yard, pick them up. If they are dead and dried out, you can put them in your fire wood pile, but if they are wet, consider throwing them out. You don’t want mold to grow around the wood.

Prune your trees and bushes. As a disclaimer here, it is always best to research the plants that you have on your property to see what time of the year is truly best for pruning them. In general, pruning in the fall will help them survive the cold winter months and spark spring growth.

Pruning is important for plant health, as is protecting some of them from the winter elements entirely. Take the time to learn if you need to wrap your plants (in burlap or other breathable fabric) before winter hits.

Pull weeds. This is one of my least favorite yard maintenance tasks, but it is a vital one. Pulling weeds throughout the year is always important, but some weeds will drop their seeds in the fall, allowing new weeds to root into the ground before spring. Pulling any weeds that are on your property in the fall is the best way to keep them away.


Clean off your outdoor living space. Just like you rid your yard of leaves that fall, you should also sweep off your decks, porches patios, driveways and walkways. Leaves and debris hold water and dirt on the surface. If your exterior surfaces aren’t properly protected, that moisture and dirt can embed itself into the pores of the product, not only making your space look bad, but it can also cause damage. Take water for example, when your deck or patio is holding water and then it freezes, it will expand. The expansion can cause cracking and splintering. It’s good practice to clean off your spaces periodically throughout the fall and winter months.

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

Protect Your Cabin from the Elements this Off-Season.

Now that Labor Day has passed, summer vacationers are closing things up and preparing their cabins, docks and boats for the winter months. As you winterize this fall, make sure to protect your outdoor surfaces now, so they look great next year.

Mother Nature can be tough and if the Farmer’s Almanac is correct, this winter is looking to be a long, cold one. Moisture on outdoor surfaces like wood and concrete can lead to more serious problems like mold and rot over time if not professionally protected on a regular basis.

I recently saw this cabin cleaning project from Renew Crew of Lake Gaston and Kerr Lake and thought about how important it was that the home was cleaned and protect now rather than later.

This cabin, though beautiful, had clearly seen better days. The sun had dried and greyed the home’s surface over time. My guess is that the second floor was an add-on that only became obvious when the wood began to age. If the homeowners had waited longer to call Renew Crew, it would have looked even worse, but now it looks great.

Keith and Kim Quinn of Renew Crew of Lake Gaston used our proprietary three-step process to clean and protect this cabin. Our environmentally friendly wood cleaner works better than most others on tall vertical surfaces like this because of its consistency. While most cleaners are liquid, ours is foam. The foam clings to the surface, allowing it to work its magic before running down the side of the house.

I wish I had been there as the cabin was rinsed. The difference must have been amazing. The bottom half would have started to look similar in color to the top during this step.

The last step of the Renew Crew process, and what makes us different than the typical pressure washing company, is protection. Cleaning without protection will make your outdoor surfaces look better, but leaves them vunerable to the same issues as before. Our protectant will make the wood look more vibrant and will block it from moisture, dirt and harsh UV rays.

If I had a cabin that was looking a little worn like this one, I would look to have it cleaned and protected prior to the harsh winter that is being reported. Please reach out to your local Renew Crew office if you have any questions on outdoor surface cleaning.

A Labor Day barbeque to celebrate the end of summer

Next weekend is Labor Day, the symbolic end of summer. Kids will be going back to school and nights will begin to get shorter. Bid farewell to the 2013 summer nights with a great barbecue! Here are some ideas to get your planning started.

Prepare what you can in advance. One of the hardest things about hosting friends and family is that you are busy! Your loved ones are there to spend time with you, so think about what you can prepare the morning (or night) before the party begins. One of our favorite dips, for example, is better when it sits for a few hours before eating. All you need is a can of black beans (rinsed and drained), 9oz of corn, 1 chopped tomato, 1/3 chopped red onion, 1 chopped scallion, 1 tablespoon olive oil, juice from two limes, and 2 tablespoons chopped cilantro. Mix everything together and refrigerate for at least an hour. Serve with tortilla chips. It’s a great summertime salsa that can accompany most dishes!

Have a game. While I enjoy sitting outside on a nice day enjoying the company of friends and family, sometimes having something to do makes a get-together a little more interesting. Consider having some type of game set up on your yard that guests can enjoy throughout the day. Or, if you enjoy a little competition, make some sort of championship out of it. Games like bocce, ladder ball, corn hole and lawn darts all make for great games and can be modified for different ages!

Keep the decorations simple. It’s Labor Day, so personally I say bring on the red, white and blue, but that doesn’t mean your outdoor décor needs to be overly complicated. Large super centers as well as grocery stores will have numerous options for napkins, plates and cups. If you have a blue and white checked table cloth, use some red napkins and cups and you are perfectly patriotic! If you want to throw in some stars and stripes, buy some of the mini paper flags and stick them in the surrounding garden, or even in the dessert!

Have something sweet. Speaking of dessert, it’s a must for any party. One of my all-time favorite desserts for a barbecue is the s’more. If you don’t have a fire pit or charcoal grill, it doesn’t mean you can’t enjoy this delectable treat. You can make mini fire pits just for the barbeque! Go to your nearest home improvement store and pick up a few small terracotta pots. Line them with foil and place a few pieces of coal inside and there you have it, the perfect place to roast some marshmallows.

Spruce up your space. We all want our homes to look great when we have company over, but sometimes our outdoor spaces don’t get the attention they may deserve. Go outside and take a look. Does your grass need to be mowed? Do you have some branches that would be better if trimmed back a little bit? Is your outdoor living space clean? Sweep off any loose debris that may be covering your space. If you have some more embedded dirt, consider hiring a professional pressure washing company to clean your deck, patio, etc. We at Renew Crew, do more than pressure wash with our 3-step process and would be happy to answer any questions you may have on the best way to make your outdoor spaces look new again.

Happy Labor Day Everyone!

Renew Crew is Coming to Nashville and Pittsburgh

We are so happy to announce that Renew Crew is coming to Pittsburgh and Nashville! Owners David Perlmutter and Sam Francescon are currently in the Richmond, Virginia headquarters for training.

Unlike normalpressure washing companies, our owners and technicians go through thorough training before they go out to clean any exterior surface. Pressure washers are powerful machines that have the ability to both clean your deck, fence, patio, siding, etc. and damage it. What many homeowners don’t understand is that when used incorrectly, a high powered pressure washer can create cracks, breaks and gouges in your outdoor living spaces.

During training, every new Renew Crew owner spends a week being trained on all aspects of the business. Parts of numerous days are spent outside in the field cleaning and sealing outdoor surfaces with two members of our franchise support team. They clean and protect all kinds of outdoor materials to learn the exact process that provides our clients with great results and ensures no damage is done to your property.

Our outdoor surfaces are exposed to a lot: foot traffic, rain, sun, yard debris, and more. It’s not surprising that over time they can start to look less than stellar. Just because it looks bad, however, doesn’t mean that it needs to be replaced. In many instances the structure of the project is perfectly sound, it just needs a spruce up. That’s where Renew Crew comes in. Our three-step process will make all the difference…

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

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.

Fourth of July Entertaining – bring on the red, white and blue

Next week is one of our favorite holidays here at Renew Crew: the Fourth of July. It’s not only because we get to celebrate this great country, but also because so many of the activities happen outside where we love to be. If you are entertaining for the Fourth, here are some ideas for you to consider.

Think patriotic. From dishes to décor, include red white and blue wherever you can. While most party and grocery stores will have patriotic table cloths and napkins, the possibilities are endless. If you have kids, have them make red, white and blue garland out of construction paper. It’s easy, but looks great. All you have to do is cut construction paper into strips. Create interlocking links by curling each paper strip into a circle and stapling into place. Hang it along your deck railing or up in the surrounding trees.

Another way to go patriotic is with the foods you have. Not only can you do blue and red berries in white dishes, but if you have a cake, think about incorporating the right colors. Here are some great ideas from Party Bluprints and Krissy’s Creations.

Have a great drink. Any hot barbecue needs a refreshing drink, right? One of my favorites is sangria because it screams summer due to the fruit. Here’s a wonderful recipe that my mom gave me: Slice an orange, a lemon and a lime. Place in a pitcher and mix in a bottle of red wine (a few tablespoons of Grand Marnier is a great addition). Add 7-8 tablespoons of sugar and stir for a few minutes while it dissolves. Add 8-10 sliced strawberries and stir again. Cover it up and let put it in the refrigerator for at least 10 hours (the longer it sits the better!). If you want a little bubble, add a little bit of sprite or soda water as you serve it. Yummy and refreshing!

It’s game time. This depends on who you have joining you, but consider having a game or two on hand for people to play as the party goes on. We suggest having something that takes 4-6 people so people can go in and out as they mingle and munch of snacks. It gives people something to do if the party is an all afternoon affair.

Clean it up. No one wants to celebrate the 4th in a dirty space. While Renew Crew is happy to do any deep outdoor surface cleaning you need on your property, you don’t need to have a pressure washing company to make your space look great for guests. Sweep off and spray down with a hose any decks, porches or patios that may be used for entertaining. A simple sweep can make your space look so much better without any yard debris! Then take a damp cloth and wipe down all of your outdoor furniture, getting rid of any dust, pollen or dirt that may be sitting on it. If you have outdoor cushion, spray them down with the hose the night or morning before the party, allowing them time to dry.

From everyone here at Renew Crew, we hope you all have a wonderful Fourth of July.

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.

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.

Cleaning Your Patio Makes a Big Difference

I love the look of a new patio or outdoor project. The edges are crisp, the material is clean and you just want to spend time outside and enjoy it. Over time however, the natural elements take their toll. The stone and brick get dirty and it shows its age. Some homeowners may not realize the transformation that can take place with professional surface cleaning, so when I saw these pictures from our Renew Crew of Johnson County location, I knew I had to share them.

Take a look at this brick patio. You can see that dirt has worked its way into the surface, giving the entire surface a dingy look. Instead of the vibrant red that it once was, the color is now a bland reddish grey.

Renew Crew was able to clean the brick with a product-specific cleaner followed by pressure washing the patio. Now the color is back to its original state and the dirt has been lifted.

Here’s another example, with a concrete and stone patio. As we discussed in a previous post, concrete is incredibly porous when it isn’t properly sealed. In this before picture, you can not only see that it is dirty, but there is also green mold on the surface. It’s normal for an outdoor surface to have mold on it at times and nothing that Renew Crew can’t help.

This patio looks so much better after power washing the concrete and stones. All of the colors and texture of the stone can really be appreciated now that filthy film is washed away. And the green mold? Yup, it’s gone.

These two jobs are great examples of what thoroughly cleaning outdoor surfaces can do. The before look like spaces that aren’t properly cared for and ones that you may not want to sit and enjoy on a nice day. The after is just like new. It goes to show that just because some looks bad at the time, doesn’t mean it needs to be replaced. There is no harm in having a professional power washing company come out and take a look at your outdoor structures and let you know if they can renew the space. While our clients are thrilled with the cleaning job that we do, we take it one step further and PROTECT the space. If you want to keep your decks, porches, patios and other outdoor surfaces looking great, they need to be properly protected and sealed. Renew Crew’s protective layer stops dirt, dust, water and grime from settling in the materials’ pores.

If you have questions on cleaning and protecting patios, please reach out to your local Renew Crew office.

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.

Clean up your Dock before Summer Hits

A good friend of mine has a lake house where in the summer many weekends are spent relaxing and enjoying the beautiful weather on the lake. A few weeks before the real season begins, we make the trip to the house to clean it up for the season. Inside, we stock up on the essentials, dust and straighten up. Outside there is much more work. It entails pulling out furniture from storage, clearing any debris that may have fallen and general upkeep. Over the years some areas of the property have shown its age, including their dock. While it’s not necessarily time for it to be replaced, it needs to be cleaned.

Power cleaning a dock is a necessary maintenance chore, but it’s also one that needs to be done properly. The products that you use on a deck may not be good for cleaning a dock. Many wood cleaners include harsh chemicals that can harm the water, and the living organisms, under the water.

Renew Crew’s environmentally friendly dock cleaner is safe to use over both fresh and salt water. It won’t harm any of the plants or fish. Just like we do with a deck, we use a thick foam to dig deep into the wood surface, loosening up any built up dirt, mold and grime. A low pressure wash will get rid of that dirt, leaving your dock looking new for the summer.

Check out the before and after on this dock!

Professional power cleaning will make your dock look just like new. If you have questions on the process, please contact your local Renew Crew location.

The 5 Ps of Exterior Maintenance

At Renew Crew, we are committed to providing our clients with clean exterior services that look like new, but there is more to creating the best outdoor areas that a home can have. To ensure homeowners are properly maintaining their properties, here are our 5Ps.

Plan. From cleaning to landscaping, outdoor maintenance can be both an investment of time and money. Homeowners need to plan for the financial implications of updates, as well as what time they may need to schedule so everything is done effectively.


Perform tasks on a regular basis to reduce seasonal wear and tear on your home’s exterior surfaces. Large projects are needed less frequently when issues or messes are dealt with on a regular basis as opposed to left alone to get worse.

Peruse the exterior of your home and outdoor living spaces. Most homeowners don’t walk around their property on a regular basis looking for things that may need to be fixed or updated, but you should. Taking the time to look at your home from various angles to determine any issues and repairs that need to be addressed is a key component of properly maintaining your home.

Protect your home and the environment by choosing maintenance and repair materials that are sustainable. Household products don’t have to be harsh on your outdoor living spaces or the landscaping around it.

Professional. You can’t be expected to know how to fix everything on your property. Whether its a roofer or a professional pressure washing company, it’s important to know when something is out of your skills set and it’s time to call a professional.

The home, for many owners, is the most expensive asset they have, so it is important to take care of it. It’s recommended to spend 1-2% of the property’s value in maintenance each year. If you need your exterior surfaces cleaned and protected, give Renew Crew a call! We would be happy to help you!