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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.

Renew Crew Enhances Franchise Recruitment Website

All of us at Renew Crew, America’s most trusted pressure washing company, are happy to announce the enhancement of RenewCrewFranchise.com, our franchise recruitment website.

RenewCrewFranchise.com aims to educate potential candidates on our business and franchising in general and help them to evaluate if it is a viable way for them to achieve their personal, lifestyle and financial goals. The site walks interested parties through 5 clear steps.

Step 1 is all about you. In these 5 pages, we’ll help you to evaluate if investing in a Renew Crew location is the right next step for you. We’ll cover some questions to ask yourself, how Renew Crew can help you to achieve your goals, why franchising works, if Renew Crew is specifically a good fit for you and some frequently asked questions.

You’ll learn more specifics on Renew Crew and its parent company, Outdoor Living Brands (OLB), in Step 2: About Renew Crew. First off you’ll learn about OLB, our family of companies, and our Code of Values. Then we’ll cover Renew Crew’s position as a market leader and our business model. Finally, you’ll hear from our clients in a number of testimonials.

Step 3 covers the training and support available to all of our Renew Crew franchisees, because franchising is all about being in business for yourself but not by yourself. Our training and support teams cover marketing and lead generation, accounting, sales and operations. Our franchisees will explain in their own words how the corporate support staff is here to help you grow your business.

Step 4 covers Renew Crew’s available markets and investment considerations. Currently, there are over 350 viable territories left in the United States. We’ll discuss what type of an investment a franchisee is expected to make as they enter and grow their business.

Lastly, step 5 discusses next steps to learn more about the Renew Crew opportunity. Each one of our franchisees goes through a discovery and qualification process where you learn all about us and we learn about you to see if we make a good fit.

Please learn more about Renew Crew at RenewCrewFranchise.com!

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!

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.

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.

Spring Deck Cleaning

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Improve the Safety and Appearance of your Child’s Play set

I clearly remember my first play set. My parents bought a wooden play set for my three older brothers and me. It had a swing set part, a bright green slide and a little house at the top that you had to climb up to go down the slide. It kept me busy for hours, but the second year we had it, the wood started to dry out and I got numerous splinters, ouch!

Play set, like fences and decks and other outdoor wooden surfaces, have to be cleaned and treated periodically to look good. And, in the case of swing and play sets, to keep them from splintering and causing cuts.

Any wood surface that stays outside all year is apt to dry out and fade over time. Heavy rain can lead to moisture, mold and mildew buildup. The sun’s UV rays affect the color and texture of the wood too.

When the sun hits wood, it starts to heat and dry. Wood that has some sort of protectant on it will hold the moisture, but as it dries, the wood will lose its warm color and turn grey. Not only will it look less than inviting, but it could also cause injury. Wood decks, fences and play sets will start to crack as the wood dries. Wood that is breaking down can cause some cuts and splinters if kids aren’t careful.

At Renew Crew, we use our 3-step cleaning and sealing process on wooden swing sets. The first step is applying a foam cleaner to the wood. The foam is environmentally friendly and won’t damage surrounding grass, flowers or trees, but is tough enough to loosen embedded dirt and dead wood fibers.

After the wood “cleaning product” does its job (normally around 10 to 15 minutes), we use a pressure washer to rinse the play set. The pressure is kept at a level strong enough to properly clean, without marking or gouging, the surface.

Lastly, we protect the wood from further damage and dirt with our sealing protectant. This very important layer will repel water from soaking into the wood and acts as a shield from the sun’s harmful rays.

If you have questions on cleaning and protecting your outdoor play sets and swing set, please contact your local Renew Crew office.

Getting Your Deck Ready for Spring

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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.

Cleaning your Wood Surfaces Correctly

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Last Minute Thanksgiving Recipes

Thanksgiving is my favorite holiday. The food, the family, it just doesn’t get better to me. If you are looking for some ideas to for the perfect meal, you’ve come to the right place. From the Renew Crew family to yours, we hope you enjoy.

If you are hosting friends and family this Thanksgiving, we understand that the day can be a little hectic, so keep the appetizer simple. These bite-sized goodies are delicious and easy!

Brie and Sweet Chili Cups

Ingredients:

  • 2 packages of mini filo cups
  • Wheel of brie cheese
  • Sweet chili sauce

Preheat the oven to 350 degrees and place the filo cups on a cookie sheet. Cut up the brie and place small squares of cheese in each cup. Spoon just a bit of the sweet chili sauce on top (if you like spice, add more). Stick in the oven for 10-12 minutes and enjoy!

Potatoes are a must on Thanksgiving, but I’m a big fan of cooking what I can before and heating it up on the special day. Holiday mashed potatoes are the best because they are absolutely mouthwatering, but they have to be prepared at least a day in advance.

Holiday Mashed Potatoes

Ingredients:

  • 12 medium potatoes, peeled and boiled
  • 8oz cream cheese, room temperature
  • ¼ cup butter
  • ½ cup sour cream
  • ½ cup milk
  • 2 eggs
  • ¼ cup chopped onion
  • salt & pepper

In a large mixing bowl, beat potatoes until lumps are gone. Add cream cheese and butter until completely mixed. Stir in the sour cream, then the milk, eggs and onions. Salt and pepper to taste. Beat until light and fluffy. Place the mixture in a greased casserole dish and refrigerate for several hours or overnight. Bake at 350 degrees for 45 minutes or until slightly brown at top.

What would Thanksgiving be without dessert? Whoopie pies are one of my favorite desserts for special holidays. I make them a day or two in advance and they are perfect.

Whoopie Pies

For the cake mixture:

  • 2 cups sugar
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 cup milk
  • 6 heaping tablespoons of cocoa
  • 2 sticks of butter, melted
  • 3 ½ cups flour
  • 1 tsp baking soda
  • ¼ tsp salt
  • 2 tsp vanilla

Place tablespoons of mixture on baking sheet and bake for 9 minutes at 350.

For frosting:

  • 2 egg whites
  • ¼ tsp salt
  • ½ c Crisco shortening
  • 1 box powdered sugar
  • 2 tsp vanilla
  • 1 T milk

Frost the whoopie pies while they are still slightly warm and wrap individually in saran wrap.

From everyone here at Renew Crew, have a Happy Thanksgiving!

Keep Your Walkways and Outdoor Living Spaces Safe this Winter

November means the beginning of the holiday season and the cold winter months in many parts of the country. As you prepare for friends and family to come visit this season, make sure that all your traveled pathways are safe in the cold weather.

We all know that ice and snow causes bricks and concrete to become slippery, but they aren’t alone. All outdoor living spaces, decks, porches, patios, etc. will become slippery over time due to mold and mildew. Mold and mildew build up on exterior surfaces when they aren’t properly sealed in a regular fashion. When it becomes cold and wet outside, surfaces can be slippery.

The best way to remove mold and mildew from exterior surfaces is to have them professionally cleaned. At Renew Crew, we are dedicated to not only cleaning, but also protecting, exterior surfaces with our environmentally three-step process: clean, rinse and protect. The last step is the most important in our opinion. Without protecting your outdoor surfaces, you will have to clean it more frequently than you would with protection.

As we go into the winter, now isn’t the perfect time to clean and protect your outdoor surfaces. Some parts of the country are too cold for some of the products. If you are having company this holiday season, we suggest trying one of these methods to ensure your guests don’t slip and fall.

Ice Salt. De-icing salt is one of the most common methods of not only melting ice, but also providing general traction on otherwise slippery surfaces. Make sure to read the packaging carefully to make sure it is safe for the structure material (some may damage certain surfaces for instance) and what surrounds it. There are also specific ice melts that are safe for pets and children if you have any furry or little ones playing outside on the space.

Sand. Sand is a great option for slippery surfaces that don’t require melting of ice and snow. It doesn’t have a melting agent, but it does provide grip. Scattering sand on the slippery areas of a walkway, deck, etc., or areas where you know there is mold and mildew, will give visitors more traction to decrease the chance of slipping.

When temperatures warm up again, make sure to take care of the mold and mildew on your outdoor surfaces. It will not only make your outdoor spaces look great again, but it will also make them safer in the long run. If you have questions, please reach out to your local Renew Crew office.

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.

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.

Decorating Your Front Yard for Fall

Fall is my favorite season. The weather, the colors, the pies, it’s an overall wonderful time of year. As you look to dress up the front of the home for the holidays, we at Renew Crew want to offer you some ideas.

Mums are definitely the flower of the fall and can fit into many décor ideas. Whether you get them in a yellow, orange or a deep red, they are sure to enhance your front yard. One of our favorite ways to display mums is to a get a few different colors and sizes and place them together.

Consider adding different textures. Textures are a great to enhance any space, inside or out. There are a few textures that work really well for fall. The first is burlap. The warm colors of burlap complement the warm reds and yellows of fall perfectly. Place your flower and plant pots into a burlap bag or wrap them in burlap to add a beautiful layer of texture.

The second texture to consider is straw or hay. Putting a few hay bales on your front porch is a great way to dress your home up for yard. If full bales seem like a lot to you, placing a little bit of hay or straw underneath your other decorations (like your mums for instance) will still add something special to the space.

It isn’t autumn without a few pumpkins. They are the icon of the season after all. When picking pumpkins, get a few of different sizes to use throughout your space. In the last few years pumpkins of different colors having been gaining popularity. White pumpkins are great to mix in with the colors and textures of the fall.

Gourds, like pumpkins, are synonymous with fall, but they are primarily used inside the home, but they work just as well outside. Due to their variety of sizes, shapes and colors, gourds are some of the most versatile decorations.

The last design element is also synonymous with fall. What is fall without leaves? It’s a best practice to rake and remove your leaves as they fall in the autumn months. When they aren’t removed promptly, they can suffocate grass or can cause dirt buildup on decks, porches, patios, and walkways. Removal doesn’t mean you have to get rid of the leaves however. Using them as a base in planters is a great way to bring fall to the front porch.

As you look to decorate your outdoor living spaces this fall, chose what you like most. Whether it is a fall wreath, planters or other outdoor décor, the key is that you like it! Have fun!

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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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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!

Lichen on Your Wood Deck? Get Rid of it.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Bring the Color Back Into Your Outdoor Spaces

We all like things that look new, right? I know I do. Faded clothes don’t get worn as much. Outdated spaces are underappreciated. And old outdoor living spaces look dirty. Color is a huge part of the appearance of your outdoor living space. Bringing renewed color to a deck, porch or patio make you want to sit outside more and enjoy your existing spaces.

By its natures, outdoor living spaces are exposed to harsh elements like rain, snow, dirt, dust and the sun’s ray. You may not think of the sun as an enemy to exterior surfaces, but it is. The heat from the sun dries out both wood and concrete. The wood fibers will turn grey and begin to splinter, while the concrete will look faded and dry.

At Renew Crew, we can breathe new life into all of your exterior surfaces. You’ve seen how our wood cleaning and protecting process can take an old deck from this:

to this,

but you may not be aware the difference that concrete sealing can do.

We have several different finishes for patio pavers, with the most popular being the natural look or the wet look. All concrete protectants should bring the color back into your stone. Take this stone walkway for example; it doesn’t look terrible (this was after it was cleaned, but before it was protected), but it does look flat. There is very little color variation on the surface.

Now look at the after picture. This walkway was finished with our “wet look” concrete sealant and protectant. Do you notice the richness in the color? The homeowners (and their visitors) can now appreciate the deep greys of the walkway. Although the pictures were taken at different angles, I personally think the deep color makes the landscaping’s greens and pinks pop. Overall I think it has a deeper look than before.

If your outdoor living spaces are looking tired, dry and just plain “blah,” contact your local Renew Crew office. Our trained technicians can make your decks, porches, fences, patios and other outdoor living spaces look new again.

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.

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.

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.

Does Concrete Need to Be Sealed?

I admittedly was unaware of all things home maintenance until I actually owned a home. Growing up, my neighbor was meticulous about maintaining his property perfectly. Whether it was sweeping sidewalks, mowing the lawn, trimming the bushes or a number of other outdoor projects, he was outside nearly every night doing something. One thing that he did every four months was reseal his concrete walkway and driveway. At the time it seems pretty extreme to me (my parents were more on the once a year path), but now I understand the importance of concrete sealing.

Concrete is a strong material that can stand up to a lot of use, but it is also a very porous material that requires sealant to last. Whether it is oil or water, concrete sucks it up when it is not properly sealed. Oil will settle in the concrete and stain your walkway or driveway. Moisture settles in concrete as well and can damage the integrity of the material, especially in colder climates. When the moisture freezes, it expands and cracks the concrete.

When my husband bought our current home, the concrete patio in the backyard was in bad shape. Knowing what I know now, I’m sure it was because the concrete wasn’t sealed properly on a regular basis, allowing moisture and dirt to settle and expand within its pores until it started to crumble.

Sealing concrete is an important component of outdoor maintenance. Depending on the area, the concrete should be cleaned and sealed once a year on average. Before sealing it, the concrete should be thoroughly cleaned and given time to dry. If it isn’t dry, moisture may be locked in when sealed and cause damage as it expands and contracts.

At Renew Crew, we provide concrete cleaning and sealing to not only make your concrete last longer, but also look better. While some embedded stains may be too difficult to erase entirely, our cleaning solution and light pressure washing will wash away most dirt that has built up over time. After cleaning the concrete, we come back to seal it. The sealant, which is available in several finishes, will close open pores on the surface, stopping dirt, oil, water, etc. from penetrating concrete.

If you are in need of concrete cleaning and sealing, please contact your local Renew Crew office.

Exterior Maintenance Makes Apartment Complex More Appealing

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Getting rid of Pollen

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


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

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

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

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

Commercial Pressure Washing Makes Property Look New Again

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


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

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

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

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

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

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

Outdoor Maintenance Tools Every Homeowner Should Have

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Spruce Up that Wooden Bridge for Spring

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

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

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

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

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

Log Cabin Cleaning, making your home look brand new

This past weekend, my husband and I joined friends for a weekend in the Virginia mountains. Our friends have a cabin that is only a few years old. Their family wanted something that had a “woods” feel, and decided that a cedar log cabin was the perfect way to go.

Isn’t it nice? The rich reddish brown color is beautiful, but of course with my line of work, my mind goes to what it will look like 5 years down the road as the initial protectant wears away. The house sits on large plot of land that gets a lot of direct sunlight and eventually, the UV rays from the sun will penetrate the wood’s surface and it will start greying.

While the sun is a big reason why wood turns grey, the log homes usually get dirty due to dirt, dust and mud. As the wood protectant wears away, whenever there is a big rain or wind storm, dirt and dust can make their way into the surface of the structure.

Log homes, like any other type of home, require maintenance. At Renew Crew, we recommend that cabin owners invest in log home cleaning once a year or every other year. Regular wood maintenance will keep the home looking new longer and will bring back that deep wood color.


So how do we do it at Renew Crew? Our three step process of course! The first step is to apply a pre-soak foam. The thick foam will penetrate deep into the wood surface loosening any built up grime as well as grey wood fibers. We love the texture of the environmentally friendly wood cleaner because it sticks to the wood and on a vertical surface it’s really important that the cleaner has time to do its job.

The second step in the Renew Crew process is rinsing the structure. We utilize a low pressure washer that will wash away all the grime without damaging the wood. High pressure washing has been known to result in large gouges in wood surfaces when done incorrectly which no one wants.

When all the wood is clean and dry, the last step in the process is the protective sealant. Who wants to clean a log cabin and not protect it, right? Not me. Our protectant covers any pores where dirt likes to embed itself. It not only will repel water and dirt, but also UV rays, as UV damages wood just like it does to skin.

If you have questions on log cabin cleaning, or general outdoor surface cleaning, visit our website at RenewCrewClean.com or contact your local Renew Crew office.

Cleaning Oil from Concrete – How do you do it?

Last year my neighbor had his driveway redone with concrete pavers. It looked great when it was finished, perfectly clean. That is, until his son came home to visit. His son unfortunately didn’t realize that his car (that he parked on the brand new driveway) was leaking oil and left several noticeable stains on the concrete surface. Needless to say my neighbor wasn’t thrilled with what he saw.

Whether it happens on an outdoor surface, article of clothing or a piece of furniture, we all know that messes and stains occur from time to time. And depending on how serious it is, they may or may not be removable. At Renew Crew, we generally clean most outdoor surfaces with an overall product, but when it comes to cleaning oil from concrete, it’s a whole other ballgame.


Oil is a nasty product. It easily penetrates deep into porous exterior surfaces and is difficult to remove. When we come out to clean a concrete surface, our technicians pay particular attention to stains like oil to give them unique attention before cleaning the rest of the surface. Much like clothing stains, stains on concrete surfaces need to be “pre-treated.”

There are specific exterior cleaners for different types of stains. At Renew Crew, we use an oil and grease remover on concrete. It is poured directly onto the stain where it loosens and encapsulates the oil and grease. It dries into a powder allowing us to remove it without any scrubbing or rinsing.

After the stains are treated, we go on to clean the rest of the surface for a more even look (we don’t want one part of the space to look great and the rest dirty after cleaning oil from concrete). Our concrete cleaner digs deep into the surface loosening built up dirt and grime. A low power pressure wash then washes everything away and the final sealant step helps to protect the space from future dirt.

It’s not always possible to remove every stain from an outdoor surface. Similar to clothing, some things you can’t get rid of, no matter how much you clean it. We try to tell to point out the areas of the space we aren’t sure we can clean entirely prior to the job being started so out client knows what to expect.

If you have questions on how to clean stains from patios, driveways, decks, fences and more, please don’t hesitate to call your local Renew Crew office.

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.

Deck Cleaning Before and After

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


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

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

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

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

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

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!

Deck Cleaning Companies with Great Customer Service Rise to the Top

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

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

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

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

Why is my deck grey?

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

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

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

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

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

Why Hiring Pressure Washing Companies Makes Perfect Sense

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

Pressure Washing Companies: Excellent Expertise

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

The ReNew Crew Clean Way

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

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

A Wholesome Approach

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

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

Deck Restoration with Deck Pressure Washing Services

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

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

Have the Experts Do It

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

How We do Deck Pressure Washing

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

Happily Cleaned and After

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

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

Sealing your Deck is an Important Part of Protecting your Space

We talk a lot on this blog about outdoor surface cleaning and the renewing your backyard structures. A key component that shouldn’t be overlooked, however, is the final step: sealant. Decks must be properly sealed to stop harsh natural elements from penetrating into the wood.

So what happens if you don’t seal your deck? The number one problem is moisture. As water is absorbed by wood, it leads to rot and decay. Dirt and debris can also build up in the deck’s surface if it isn’t protected in some way.


Most decks need to be sealed every year or two. If you aren’t sure if your deck needs to be sealed, drop some water on its surface and observe. There are two outcomes, beading or no beading. If the water beads up on the surface of the wood, your deck may not need to be sealed yet. If, the wood takes in the water, it’s time to seal.

Sealants are available in a wide variety of colors and finishes, but some are better than others. Make sure to ask what it will look like and how long it will last. At Renew Crew, our protective finish is the finishing touch on our deck cleaning process. Our environmentally friendly finish will seal the wood surfaces’ pores so that water, dirt and grime can’t make its way in and ruin your structure. Additionally, the Renew Crew finish has special polymers that enhance and prolong the beauty of the wood. It even fights off UV rays that can dull or discolor wood decks.

If you have questions regarding sealing your deck, please contact your local Renew Crew.

Cleaning Concrete the Right Way

Ever since Renew Crew joined the Outdoor Living Brands family I’ve looked at my outdoor surfaces differently. What I never considered dirty (it’s just worn people), I now look at with disgust. The change from new concrete pavers along our walkway to the dingy looking ones I have now was so gradual I didn’t even notice!

A lot of homeowners don’t even know that you can clean concrete, but properly cleaning and sealing it will not only keep it looking new, but also protect it from the elements and make your pavers last longer. Using the right concrete cleaner is a key component of restoring your outdoor surface without damaging the plants and ground around it. Most cleaners have bleach that can hurt grass and plants. At our house, our walkway is bordered by low hedges. It would be difficult to clean our pavers without any of the cleaning solution getting on our hedges and I don’t want them to die.

At Renew Crew, we have a different method of cleaning and sealing concrete. An environmentally friendly cleaner that won’t harm the surrounding natural elements as it is applied to the concrete surfaces. After allowing the product to loosen the dirt and grime, it is rinsed with a low pressure cleaner. High pressure, that can damage concrete, isn’t needed because of the strength of the cleaning product.

After the walkway, driveway or other concrete space is cleaning and dried, a protective sealant is used to stop dirt from penetrating deep into the surface again. If there are some tougher stains, special stain removers can be used in addition to the normal concrete cleaner.

The whole process can take your pavers from this:

To this!

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Outdoor Cleaning in the New Year

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Renew Crew Welcomes New Franchisees

We are happy to announce our newest franchisees that have joined the Renew Crew team. This week welcomed new offices in Maryland, South Carolina, North Carolina and Michigan. They will be providing deck cleaning and sealing in their respective markets starting soon.

Renew Crew is a franchise company based out of Richmond, Virginia. When a new franchisee joins our team, they come to Richmond for a weeklong training process. They are thoroughly trained on all aspects of the business including marketing, sales, products, best practices and more. One of the largest parts of training is hands-on where outdoor living spaces are cleaned and protected.

Our new locations are: Renew Crew of Greenville, Renew Crew of Charlotte, Renew Crew of Southwest Michigan, Renew Crew of Montgomery County and Renew Crew of Greater Columbia.

If you are interested in learning more about Renew Crew, our three-step process and how it can leave your outdoor spaces looking like new, please contact your local Renew Crew office or visit us at RenewCrewClean.com.

Winterizing Your Outdoor Living Space

At Renew Crew, we pride ourselves on providing our clients with the cleanest outdoor surfaces they can have. Whether it’s a deck, siding, patio, gutter or walkway, we try our best on bringing your surfaces back to life, however there is more to keeping your outdoor living spaces clean that you can do at your home.

This is the time of year where homeowners pack away their outdoor furniture and accessories for the winter, but it’s not enough to put them in storage and leave them until next year. Taking a little extra time now while make sure you are pleased with everything in the springtime when it’s time to use everything again. Here are some tips for winterizing your outdoor living space:

Figure out what can stay outdoors and what needs to be stored. Some homeowners think that if it’s meant to be used outdoors, it can stay outdoors all the time without damage. That isn’t the case. For example, plastic furniture tends to turn brittle if left outside all year round, so it’s important that it is taken out of the elements in the winter months.

Vacuum and spot clean any outdoor cushions or rugs. The longer dirt sits on any fabric, the more likely it is to stain. Dust, pollen and dirt will build up over the summer, so take the time to vacuum and spot clean everything before storing them for the winter.

Don’t cover or seal any furniture, accessories or rugs that are damp. Dampness leads to mold when not handled properly. Make sure everything is completely dry before covering or sealing it.

Do some research and see if anything should be treated before the winter. For example, teak is a dense wood that repels bugs and rot very well and can stay outside all year round. It is best, however, if it is treated with an oil before the harsh winter elements. Similarly, it’s important to wax aluminum furniture periodically for it to last longer.

As the winter continues, brush off anything that gathers or falls on outdoor furniture. For example, as the snow or ice melts and leaves puddles on your covered furniture, go out and knock off the standing water. It will keep your covers in better shape and stop anything from getting to your furniture.

Cleaning Gutters for a better look

As leaves fall off the trees and onto yards and homes this time of year, it’s important to spend some time cleaning out the gutters around your roofline. When leaves and debris build up in gutters, rainwater can’t move properly away from your house and can penetrate under roof shingles. Additionally, when water sits in a gutter it becomes the perfect place for insects to breed and nest. Yuck!


At Renew Crew, we pressure wash gutters to improve their appearance and make them last longer. When gutters aren’t properly cleaned and maintained, a buildup can occur in the gutter, weighing them down and weakening the coating, decreasing their life. Dirty gutters can also result in water streaks down the front of the gutters and sometimes onto the house’s façade. Renew Crew’s trained technicians wash away that build-up and leave your gutters looking like new. Depending on the trees on your property and how often you clean out your gutters, pressuring washing gutters may be needed every year or two.

Here are tips on cleaning out your gutters effectively and safely:

*Team up. Make sure you have at least two people helping with the project. One to clean the gutters and one to hold and steady the ladder.

  • Wear the appropriate items. Shoes with rubber soles with some good traction are important. As the gutters are cleaned out, built up moisture will come out too. As the project continues, the ladder may become wet. Rubber soles will keep you from slipping. Debris in the gutters can be ridden with bacteria as insects, animal droppings and mold, so wear gloves to protect yourself. Lastly, eyewear is a must, especially as you use a hose. Debris, leaves, etc. may come lose as you clean and you’ll want to make sure it doesn’t go in your eye.
  • Secure a bag or bucket to your ladder. Holding a filling bag or bucket in one hand and using the other to clean your gutters leaves you without a hand to steady yourself. Secure the bucket or bag to the ladder so you have one hand free.
  • Don’t use metal scoops. Whatever you use to clean the debris out of your gutters, don’t use a metal object. The metal of the scoop can damage the metal of the gutter itself.
  • Hose it down. After you’ve cleaned the large debris from the gutters, rinse it down with your garden hose. While it won’t remove all of the built up grime, it will wash away the smaller debris and show you if missed any clogged portions of the gutter.

If you have questions regarding cleaning or pressure washing gutters, please contact your local Renew Crew office.

Keep Your Outdoor Spaces Looking Cleaner Longer

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


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

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

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

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

Don’t Think you Need to Maintain your Brick Home? Think Again.

At Renew Crew, we know the importance of regular maintenance on your outdoor living spaces. No material can sit outside for years without maintenance and look brand new. Last week, the Springfield News-Leader did a story on maintaining your brick home and why it’s important to clean and protect it.

My husband and I have been living in our 1950s brick rancher for a few years. When it was being inspected, my husband asked about the cracks in some of the mortar. The home inspector told us that if the cracks are in the mortar, it’s due to the normal expansion and contraction of the home, which is completely normal. He did, however, tell us to make sure to clean and protect it against dirt, elements and vegetation that make settle in the cracks if left alone.

Depending on the length a stain has been on your home, it may be impossible to remove entirely. Cleaning brick and concrete involves several steps:

Before a brick or concrete cleaner is added to your home, walkways and driveways, an experienced outdoor surface cleaner will walk the space to see if there are any stains that need special attention. For example, driveways may get some rust or oil stains. Those stains need specific types of removers to loosen and remove the stain.

After deeper stains have been handled, a general cleaner is used to clean the rest of the surface. The cleaners works down into the surface removing the dirt and grime that builds up over time. When talking to your outdoor cleaning company, make sure to ask them how the color of the material will be affected. While a strong cleaner is needed to remove the ground-in dirt, it shouldn’t discolor the brick or pavers.

Cleaners open up the surface of outdoor materials, priming them for the final step, the protectant. Renew Crew’s water-based protectants are rolled on top of clean brick or pavers to lock out harsh natural elements. There are several finishes that our clients choose from, the natural look, color enhancing, wet (for a glossier finish) and tinted protectants for those that want a different color on their outdoor living spaces. A high-quality protectant will last a few years before needing to be reapplied.

If you have questions regarding cleaning and protecting your decks, fences, patios, sidings or gutters, contact your local Renew Crew office.

Getting More Out of Your Outdoor Living Spaces

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

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

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

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

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

It’s More than Clean, It’s Renew Crew Clean

Welcome to the Renew Crew blog. Renew Crew is America’s most trusted Outdoor Surface Cleaner. We’re much more than a pressure washing company, we clean and protect your outdoor surfaces so they look better longer. We clean wood decks and fences, concrete paver patios, walkways and driveways, siding and gutters.

The idea behind Renew Crew started over 20 years ago with our founder, Stan Krempges. He was looking for a product that would effectively clean his outdoor surfaces. When he couldn’t find what he was looking for, he decided to create it. Thus, Renew Crew was born.

Our proprietary three step process is unlike most pressure washing companies. Most companies use bleach based cleaners that can damage the surrounding vegetation and their high-power washers can gouge surfaces. Renew Crew’s Pre-Soak foam is biodegradable and environmentally friendly. It clings to the wood, loosening dirt and killing mold and mildew. The bleach-free foam won’t hurt any bushes, trees or grass that may surround your outdoor living spaces.

The second step in our process is the Renew Crew Power Clean. Non-damaging pressure is used to rinse the space and release any dirt and grime. It will make your spaces look like new without any scratching of surfaces which is common amongst power washing.

Lastly, we have our protective finish. Most pressure-washing companies don’t provide any service that protects your outdoor living spaces after they clean it. We do. Our seals repel against natural elements and cover any pores that dirt likes to settle in.

Sometimes you have to see it to believe it. Take a look at our three step process here:

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