Maintenance on the west facing portion of the garage. Glenshire, CA.

Santa Cruz County Deck and Wood Shingle Maintenance

This is a new deck. Nine months old to be exact. As recommended, the homeowner waited some time for the boards to properly dry, oxidize, do their thing. The picture in the middle and on the right are unique in that they show a finished tone up against a strip of clean wet boards. Not soaking wet boards, rather boards that were once wet with water but are now drying a bit and heading towards damp. Damp (clean) boards are a tone that many homeowners are fond of. In other words, “I like how the deck looks when it’s wet,” said the homeowner. The picture on the left is a bit more of a close-up. You can see the finished portion in the upper right of the picture, and you can also see a finished board in the middle that is beading water. The other boards are at various stages of being wet/damp.

Summer 2022. Driftwood Gray Project

This was a tough one. Aptos California June 2022. 3.5 gallons @ $65/gal. 25 labor hour @ $65/hr. It’s what custom wood maintenance looks like. If you’d like we can talk about this very project. It’s a common one.

Arbors are time consuming. Swing Sets, not so much. This was a two week long summer project in Boulder Creek, CA off Alba Road. As you can see, this arbor is giant, one of the biggest and boldest I have seen to date. To properly wash and stain an arbor like this one takes mad skills and a world of patience. The Swing Set, not so much.

Somewhere in Soquel

Love the spacing on this redwood deck in Santa Cruz County, Soquel Hills off Old San Jose Soquel Road. Proper spacing will always lend itself to proper cleaning. Proper deck cleaning will allow for super nice deck staining results.

As with any properly applied, high-end transparent or semi-transparent stain, the tone you see depends on where you are in relation to the direction of the board, AND where the sun is in relation to your direction. It is why the people, in general, will forever want their exterior wood maintained with the beauty of a “see through” material.

This deck was built by the owner in 2019 and they immediately stained the boards with an oil based product of some sort. The deck was pretty filthy yet the boards were in fine shape. Loads and loads of afternoon sun. Heavy sun is enough reason to have your decks restored and maintained at least every few years.

Santa Cruz Soquel Aptos Corralitos Scotts Valley Capitola Live Oak


West Side Santa Cruz

Decks, Shingles, Arbors

These 20y/o shingles face west. So far as shingle maintenance goes, my recommendation for shingles that face west is to love them up every eight years or so. These went ten. Yes these shingles were dirty, blackened to a degree, quite a number of them were greenish, so yes they probably waited a bit too long. Nevertheless…

2:45pm March PDT

Cedar Tone Shingle Maintenance Santa Cruz

Decks, Fences, Shingles, Custom Arbors

Aptos, Scotts Valley, Santa Cruz

Nice to see you again. It had been 12 years since I last loved up the north side of this Pleasure Point home. You can see the progress from the top down. This is a nice picture taken at 9:30am. Cedar Tone blend, Extreme Semi-Transparent by Defy. This side of the home get a slight amount of indirect morning sun, but nothing more than that, hence the 12 years in between maintenance coats.

Wood Sided Homes, Shingle Siding, Arbors, Fences, Privacy Walls, All things exterior wood

Santa Cruz, Deck Staining/Sealing, Felton, Boulder Creek, Soquel, Live Oak

With exposed agg very important to finesse a bit with a moderate PSI.img_1395.JPG img_1406.JPGPressure Washing Santa Cruz, Deck Staining & Exterior Wood Maintenance

Shingle Maintenance Santa Cruz

Individually Washed

Individually Stained

2008 post:***This deck is located near East Cliff in Santa Cruz. The wood is probably about 15 years old and still looking great. The key is annual deck maintenance! We took over the maintenance in 2003 after years of neglect. These pictures also demonstrate how transparent stains allow the true grain of the wood to reveal itself.  This is Biowash Natural Deck Oil (redw tone) and I believe it is still a little bit wet.

Update 2021:  I promise this deck still looks like what is shown in pics, coming up on 30 y/o

   Not sure why I decided to put these two photos together in the same post.  Each photo represents a completely different section of this glorious deck, facing a different direction altogether.  And of course it’s a different time of day after a much stormier kind of night.  

One common bond is that both pictures represent a finished look after a fresh coat of high end water based transparent stain.  This deck is 10 months new.  Good times.

Santa Cruz County Deck Staining & Maintenance

Wood Siding, Shingles, Arbors, Privacy Areas

2022 Inquiries best to email and include some photos

cleaningsantacruz at gmail dot com

Deck Floss


As important as it is to maintain the surface of wood boards on a deck, it is equally as important to keep ALL debris clear of the spaces between the boards. Debris will continue packing in there until it begins to eat away at the wood. Proper air flow and water run-off is key! Pic of a deck off Summit Road.

Door Mats

Door mats will leave your wood boards looking like this. Is it a big deal? Well not to me it’s not, and it shouldn’t be to you. Everybody is told the same thing which is to put the door mat back over it.

Night and Day

Routine Semi-Extraordinary before and after.  This deck is about 10 years old I’d say, and it was headed south in a hurry.  Wish I had a picture of the deck after we stained it.  You’ll have to use your imagination..

Fine for Wrigley, or when it takes over a brownstone in NYC. Bad Idea for shingled and wood sided homes. ‘Oh but it looks so pretty’.  Bad Idea!



SC Deck Maintenance – Custom Deck Staining Santa Cruz

Throw it back 10+ years.  A bit of dog sitting.  Early Summer 2010.  Zoey (18 months) & Bud (14 years).

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