Did I ruin this deck?

June 6, 2011

First of all does anyone have any idea what kind of wood this is? I'm guessing it's pine.

Second of all I recently went to clean my parents deck before I stained it. The deck is 11 years old and hasn't been maintained very well, it's never been cleaned. The sealer I got for the deck said I could use a pressure washer to clean it. Well here is what part of the deck looks like now from using the pressure washer.

At first I thought the discoloration was from washing away the dirt/mold/mildew/what have you on the deck then after a few seconds I realized I might actually be stripping away layers of the wood itself. So I checked online (kicking myself for not doing this before hand) and I find out it is very easy to ruin a wooden deck with a pressure washer if you're not careful. I also found out it's better to just use a deck cleaning solution and a water hose to clean a deck.

So did I just ruin my parents deck?

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