Cedar and Redwood Home Low Pressure Washing, Stripping

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Cedar & Redwood Siding Home Cleaning, Sealing and Maintenance

Cedar and redwood sided homes are special, and require certain kinds of care, in order to clean, restore, and protect them. See Dirt Run!™ specializes in wood restoration, and we have worked on a variety of common and exotic woods alike ranging from pressure treated pine, to cedar and redwood, to ipe and more, as well as offering full service restoration and cob blasting on log homes. Not all woods should be cleaned using the same methods, and there are correct and incorrect methods. Cedar and redwood siding, and cedar shingles and shakes should be cleaned using a two step method prior to sealing the wood with a semitransparent oil based finish.

Using a two step method to clean and restore the cedar brings the pH of the wood back into balance prior to sealing. Balancing the pH allows for both better adhesion and performance of the finish being applied to the cedar home. Wood moisture content should also be checked prior to applying the finish.

What’s the wrong way to do it? Well, high pressure washing alone is the incorrect way to properly clean and restore the beautiful cedar or redwood siding, or cedar shingles or shakes on your home. Lower pressure when washing cedar or redwood combined with the proper cleaning solutions yields the best results for these softer woods.

Can anything strip the solid stain off of my cedar or redwood home? YES! Most pressure washing companies clean decks, but are inexperienced when it comes to stripping solid stain off of the cedar or redwood siding, or cedar shingles or shakes found on homes.

Specific products and methods should be used to remove old failing finishes, but high pressure washing alone is not advised. We use low pressure washing with our stripping agent, then we balance the pH of the cedar or redwood.

Your home and the surrounding areas will be meticulously cared for during the restoration process. See Dirt Run!™ uses job appropriate equipment and materials, taking great care to mask up all doors and windows when sealing, and to cover all plants and grass in the area being worked on.We’ll care for your property as if it were our own! Click the link to view a client video testimonial of our work on a client’s cedar home.

Source: www.seedirtrun.com

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Cedar has natural tannins.

You powerwashed them off (hence the gray), but then as the fence dried, tannins rose to the surface again.
To get rid of the gray weathering, you should use a wood brightener that's designed for cedar and redwood (available at any hardware or home improvement store - you want wood *brightener* not just wood cleaner). Spray it on using a pump-type sprayer, let sit a few minutes, then power-wash off. Bright and new.
But in time with weather and sun, that gray weathering WILL come back. You can keep the natural, new, bright look longer by applying a sealer

Clear Redwood

Usally, I select and install this type of clear redwood for my customers here in Souhtern ,CA, although install graded wood as well.
The other woods people mention are hardly avaialble here except vertical grain doug fir.
Redwood is the most common here in California, we have rough dog eared cedar but nothing clear for fence materials unless your selecting it from the lumber yard and milling all the boards. Which is usually used for siding and other works. If I'm using Dog Eared wood I usally cut all my boards off as I hate the look anyway. I don't see any value or decrease in usage over the term
Currently it is very difficult to find this material in the Lumber yards as a fence board with at least one side sanded smooth with opposite side just milled which is...

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