Pressure Washing decks, log, cedar and redwood home stripping, to remove failing finish, Deep Creek Lake, Garrett County, Maryalnd, Virginia

Chemical Stripping for Log Homes

We offer safe and effective
removal of old failing finishes
from your log or cedar sided home.

We can remove even the toughest coatings!

Beautifully stripped home!

Before stripping the house....

Deck, Log & Cedar Home Stripping

Do you have a tough coating that you want
removed from your log or cedar home?
We specialize in tough finish removal.

Log Home Crushed Glass Blasting

Media blasting offers a
safe, dry and environmentally friendly
alternative to chemical stripping.


Log Home Stripping, Deck Stripping , Cedar & Redwood Home Stripping Remove Sealers, Stains & Paints in MD, VA, WV

Log Home Stripping deck strippingThe science involved in removing an unwanted coating from your deck or log home lies in the ability to break the bond. By doing this, you’re making the coating let go of the wood so it can be easily removed by rinsing. Specifically formulated solutions are applied to all areas where an unwanted coating is present. Once a consistent darkening of the wood is present on the structure, a pressure washer used at reduced pressure to finish this step. This is called speed rinsing. We use a lower pressure to obtain the desired results. Log home stripping, deck stripping and cedar home stripping are not DIY tasks and require practiced hands and training to achieve the best results.

The second step is applying a neutralizer or brightener to stop the action of the first product applied for the log home stripping, deck stripping, or cedar home stripping. This will bring the wood back to its natural color and pH. A thorough second rinse is applied to finish removal of any residue from the wood and surrounding areas. Wood should only be exposed to this two step process once in order to remove the coating. Once the second step is completed, repeating the process can cause excessive dryness in the wood and further its degradation.

Those who don’t completely understand how to restore wood and haven’t been certified in the proper use of wood restoration solutions and pressure washers, should not attempt stripping. In other words, log home stripping, cedar home stripping, and deck stripping is not for a novice. The products available in local stores known to contractors as “consumer strength” are far less effective compared to contractor grade products. The labeled directions do not always apply to the situation one may need them for and may not produce the desired results on another manufacturer’s product.

Information on different wood species and the way the product may interact with them is not readily available. Subsequently, the number of homeowners calling for professional help to restore decks damaged in the attempt to do it themselves using these products has risen significantly. It can be expensive to to correct the condition. Log home stripping, cedar home stripping and deck stripping can end up costing you more due to failed attempts if we have to undo damage.

Our ability to strip any coating from log homes and log cabins, decks and cedar and redwood sided homes is consistent.

Products such as ABR X-100, Behr, Cabot, Cuprinol (now Deckscapes), CWF/UV, Defy, Menwood, Olympic, Penofin, Perma-Chink, Ready Seal, Sashco, Sikkens, Superdeck, Timberjack, TWP, Wolman, Woodguard, Q8 and more have been successfully removed by See Dirt Run!™ using a system of specifically designed wood restoration products. According to our customers, there are an overwhelming number of local companies attempting to perform this service that haven’t been able match this track record.

The education and certification received by See Dirt Run!™ Inc. from the PWNA, in conjunction with USDA forestry labs information and research, supports that minimizing wood’s exposure to the stripping process will help it to have a longer life expectancy. This applies to log home stripping, cedar home stripping, deck stripping and stripping any wood surface. Installing a product that requires routine maintenance cleaning and maintenance coating for the horizontal surfaces will help your wood to stay protected and last longer. Products installed on vertical surfaces such as log homes, wood siding, deck railing, privacy walls and fences and lattice will last longer but still require maintenance cleaning and touch ups in order to provide a uniform look. Subjecting your wood to stripping each time is unnecessary and can speed up the drying and shrinking of the wood causing it to prematurely age and deteriorate. It is important to know that maintenance cleaning and stripping are not the same thing. Log home stripping, cedar home stripping and deck stripping don’t need to be performed each time you clean. Maintenance cleaning is different.

Avoid damage to your deck, log or wood sided home!Let us perform the log home stripping or deck stripping service for you.

Some companies proclaim the need to subject your deck or wooden home to the stripping process twice in order to accomplish the task correctly. This would be considered novice experience in the field of wood restoration by its peers. Additionally, those who claim to use just water or hot water, bleach or FDA approved acids in their methods may not be aware of the potentially serious drawbacks to any wood species subjected to these processes. The use of hot water, bleach, and high pressure only are inconsistent with the PWNA certification training as suggested by the USDA forest labs and will not accomplish safe wood stripping or even qualified routine cleaning.

Although well intended, a lack of education, training, experience, well rounded wood knowledge, and experience will not support what some companies claim to be able to provide. The result to the uninformed consumer is likely to mean more frequent service and a higher cost than should be necessary, along with the potential need for damage reversal measures or wood replacement. If you speak to a company and they cannot properly explain the process of log home stripping, cedar home stripping or deck stripping, then beware. Not everyone can perform this service properly.

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Log home stripping, deck stripping and sealing cedar home stripping and low pressure house washing for vinyl and aluminum siding are limited to parts of Maryland and Northern Virginia. Our service areas include: Montgomery County, Frederick County, Howard County, Carroll County, Potomac, North Potomac, Chevy Chase, Wheaton, Tacoma Park, Olney, Rockville, North Bethesda, Bethesda, Garrett Park, Kensington, Columbia, Clarksville, Silver Spring, Laytonsville, Mount Airy, New Market, Ijamsville, Aspen Hill, Gaithersburg, Montgomery Village, Germantown, Darnestown, Poolesville, Frederick, Urbana, Clarksburg, Boyds, Loudon County, Arlington County, Fairfax County, Ashburn, Leesburg, Fairfax, Alexandria, Herndon, McLean, Annandale, Arlington, Barnesville, Beallsville, Brinklow, Brookville, Brunswick, Burtonsville, Cabin John, Chantilly, Colesville, Damascus, Derwood, Falls Church, Glen Echo, Great Falls, Hampstead, Kentlands, New Market, Oakton, Sandy Spring, Spencerville, Sterling, Vienna, Woodbine for decks and fences, and MD, VA, WV, DE, PA for log homes and wood sided homes. Other states upon request.