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Here Are Four Reasons Why You Should Get Your Dock Pressure Washed

Updated: Jul 25, 2022

A boat dock is a great place for enjoying the lake experience. They provide a large platform for sunbathing, swimming, fishing, and other activities. And a pressure washed boat dock provides all of those things in an even better way! Here are five reasons why your boat dock needs to be pressure washed:

The environment (dirt, sun, weather)

The environment (salt, dirt, sun, weather) can cause a lot of damage to your boat dock. Dirt can build up and create problems for the dock structure. Sun damage will cause fading and cracks in the wood over time. The weather can also cause cracks in your dock if it’s not properly maintained.

Pressure washing is an effective way to remove all of these issues from your boat dock so that you are able to enjoy its full potential!


Hand-washing a boat dock can take anywhere between 8-12 hours depending on how big your dock is and how much debris you have to clean up after your vessel leaves its mark on it. If you have multiple boats, then this process becomes even more time consuming as each one requires individual attention, especially if they all left their mark (and believe me, they will). When hiring someone, like American Exteriors, else to do this job for you, it takes about 1 hour per foot of length (so 30 feet would take 30 minutes). However, if you decide to power wash your own dock yourself make sure that you purchase an industrial grade pressure washer for maximum efficiency and effectiveness!


Safety is a big factor in any dock cleaning process. You want to make sure that you are keeping yourself and everyone else safe while you are cleaning, especially if there are children or elderly people around the area. It is also important to ensure that your dock won't get slippery from any residue which would cause accidents during use.

If there are pregnant women using your dock, it's best to have it cleaned as often as possible so they don't come into contact with harmful chemicals or bacteria left over from previous visitors. Also consider whether or not you have disabled visitors who may need extra assistance entering or exiting the water (they'll thank you for it!).

If anyone has been drinking alcohol and swimming at night before, then having their hands on railings covered in chemical residue could be dangerous because they may slip off into the water due to being unaware of how slippery it actually is!


The dock is often a crucial part of your home’s aesthetics. It’s not just where you park the boat, but also where you spend time relaxing and entertaining guests. If it looks dirty, dingy, or old, people may be less likely to come by and visit. Keeping a clean dock will ensure that it appears well-maintained and welcoming for years to come.

As far as appearances go, we can all agree that this goes hand-in-hand with property value because if the appearance of your home doesn't look good then no one wants to buy it! The same goes for docks - if they don't look good then no one wants them either! In addition - don't forget about how important cleanliness is when it comes to safety too!!

Pressure washing is more efficient

So, you’re a boat owner and your dock is in need of some cleaning. Well, there are several reasons why you should consider pressure washing your dock as opposed to using chemicals or a broom.

  • Pressure washing is better than chemicals because the hot water will penetrate any cracks and crevices that chemicals can't reach.

  • Pressure washing is better than a broom because it uses much more water pressure than a typical household mop. This helps break down dirt and grime so they can be easily washed away by the high-velocity spray of water coming from the machine.

  • Pressure washing is better than a hose because no matter how much pressure there is behind it, hoses just aren't designed for heavy-duty cleaning jobs like removing mold or algae from concrete surfaces, so they're ineffective at removing these types of stains completely when used alone! That's why we strongly recommend using both methods together whenever possible (though keep in mind that hoses have their own set of drawbacks).

In conclusion, your boat dock is one of your biggest investments and it is important to maintain it properly. The best way to do this is with a pressure wash every 2-3 years. Pressure washing your boat dock will improve the appearance, functionality and safety. American Exteriors are professionals when it comes to cleaning boat docks and piers. Call now to receive a free estimate!

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