Cleaning and Restoring Your Logs
Log home living is a tradition that never loses its charm, the warmth of its country ambiance unmatched. And with all the modern innovations, this cozy way of life is more comfortable than ever.
The first step of maintenance is clean surfaces. Keeping the logs clean will help prevent many problems throughout the life of your home. A thorough cleaning should be on your schedule every few years. Even logs that have weathered to a gray color can be restored to that fresh-cut look with a good cleaning.
Several choices are available for cleaning the logs:
The most safe out of all the chemical cleaners out there is Wood ReNew from Perma-Chink Systems, Inc. The bleaching element in Wood ReNew is a per-carbonate (works like hydrogen peroxide on a skin breach – bubbles, bleaches, disinfects) and the byproduct is oxygen. Using bleach on your logs is not recommended.
Apply any cleaners from the bottom up to reduce the streaks. The idea is that if there is any dirt residue on the logs, it will wash down and streak, also, when the bleach solution washes down, it will naturally tend to develop streaks – which have a higher concentration of bleach in them than the surrounding wood, and tends to make a reasonably permanents streak on the wall.
Start from the bottom, keep a wet edge, do the whole wall, keep everything consistent – then rinse very carefully with lots of water from the top down – then rinse again and again. Pressure washers are easier to use and do a better job than your garden hose. But remember the last time you used a pressure washer to clean your car, looked good when wet, only to find that all the dirt was still on when it dried off. Be very careful when using a pressure washer – use correct fan or cone tip – not pencil tip – and keep the spray head at least 8 inches away from the logs. Once the spray gouges the log surface, it’s very difficult to remove it.