Step-By-Step for Condominium Associations

4122 N Spaulding Sealed

STEP-BY-STEP

FOR CONDOMINIUM ASSOCIATIONS

POWERWASHING is the first step in the deck cleaning and sealing process, and can be scheduled as long as temperatures are averaging above 45-50 degrees.  Furniture is cleared from the surfaces, they are powerwashed, treated with brighteners or stain removers as appropriate, then left to dry for at least 24 hours before they can be sealed.

SEALING is the second step, and can begin when the decks are completely dry, 24-48 hours after powerwashing and at least 12 hours since last rainfall, and when no rain is in the forecast for the next 24 hours.

STEP ONE: DECK CLEANING AND POWERWASHING

PRIOR TO POWERWASHING …
Temporary access to a working water source, and to all areas in which the work is to be performed, must be provided prior to the work’s commencement. Where building or gate keys are required, a duplicate entry key must be made available to the crew manager, to be returned upon completion of the project. Ladders will NOT be used by crew members to gain access to locked areas. NO ENTRY INSIDE residential units unless owner is present.

1. Move ALL VEHICLES and anything on the ground at least 30 feet away from the building so they are not speckled with any stray dirty water droplets.
2. Only GRILLS, chairs and tables that can be moved from side to side may remain on the decks during powerwashing. No little things. No cushions, carpets, mats, plants, pots, planters, lights or hanging baskets. Crew members will not remove anything hanging from the decks.
3. Stationary objects like statues, fountains or heavy storage boxes are left in place and we seal around them.
4. Items stored on the ground beneath the porches should be relocated.
5. All windows and doorways should be tightly closed.

WHEN THE CREW ARRIVES TO POWERWASH …DSC_0013 - Copy
High-pressure hoses are brought to the highest level of the areas to be cleaned, then lowered to ground level and connected securely to the powerwasher. Garden hoses from the water source are then connected to the powerwasher as well, the water is turned on and the VERY noisy powerwashing machine engine is started. Several powerwashers are often used concurrently to minimize completion time.

Residents MUST NOT come out onto the porches while the crew is powerwashing.

AFTER POWERWASHING …
The surrounding area is cleaned and hosed down completely with a garden hose, to minimize any spotting remaining from the dirty water droplets falling during the powerwashing process.  Residents may walk on the surfaces immediately after powerwashing and use them in the days following, while they are drying and waiting to be sealed. The crew will return to seal the porches as soon as there is a rain-free opportunity. We will be in touch via email during this time, as we watch the weather together.

STEP TWO: DECK SEALING

PRIOR TO SEALING …
1. Move ALL VEHICLES and anything on the ground at least 30 feet away from the building so they are not speckled with any stray droplets of sealant.
2. Remove EVERYTHING from the surfaces of the decks, except GRILLS
(no furniture, cushions, carpets, mats, plants, pots, planters, lights or hanging baskets.) Crew members will not remove anything hanging from the decks.
3. Stationary objects like statues, fountains or heavy storage boxes are left in place and we seal around them.
4. Nothing should be stored on the ground beneath the porches.

WHEN THE CREW ARRIVES TO SEAL …IMG_2456 - Copy
Our crews take all possible care to protect the property and its surrounding area prior to sealing the surfaces.  All areas to be protected are tarped extensively and all plants are lightly watered with a garden hose before they are tarped.  The surfaces are examined carefully, then prepped and lightly sanded, where necessary, and any remaining stains spot-treated.

Starting on the top floors and working their way down, the vertical surfaces are sealed first, then the horizontals.  All sealant is applied with brushes and rollers, no sprayers, unless otherwise specified in the project proposal.

Residents MUST NOT come out onto the porches while the crew is working.

AFTER SEALING …
The oil and color in the sealant take about two hours to penetrate and set. We ask that you not walk on the decks for about 24 hours, however, because the light surface oil remaining needs another six to twelve hours to evaporate before people walk on the surfaces. Yellow DO NOT CROSS tape is placed at the base of the staircase(s), where applicable, and across every doorway as a reminder.Sealed Three-Story Porch

A good rule of thumb is that if after 24 hours the decks are still sticky to the touch, wait another day. If not, then feel free to walk on them.