Log Home Maintenance
Introduction | Pressure Washing | Corn Cob Blasting | Staining | Backer Rod | Caulking
Pressure Washing: Cleaning the Logs
In all cases, we recommend cleaning to logs with a 50/50 solution of household bleach and water. This will rinse off dirt, mold, glazed and just as importantly the graying that has occurred. We use a garden pump sprayer to saturate the log wall. The bleach is applied from the bottom log up to the top log.
This is followed by power washing and a thorough rinsing with plain water. The rinsing process is done doing the reverse of when the bleach is applied. Rinsing is done from the top log working your way down to the bottom log.
We recommend removing the screens for this phase. There is a significant amount of wood pulp like material that develops as a result of the bleaching and power washing. This can be quite a chore to remove after things dry, especially if it gathers in the screening.
We also ask that someone be home the day we power wash to monitor inside for water leaks. Although every effort is made to direct the water pressure at an angle to minimize the amount of water penetration if the home has not been caulked.
For homes that have been painted, that have a solid stain, or with excessive mold, a more intense form of cleaning may be needed. Glass Bead Blasting is truely the only way to return the wood to it's original state. Click here for more information on Glass Bead Blasting.