Environmental Consultant / Past Director
I don't know anything about wood. I've never so much as painted a fence. I'm asking because I'd like to know the science behind it. Why would you not use heat/steam on wood?
Glad it worked out in your favor Roger, seems to be a 50/50 when it comes to this at least in my area. I have not had such good luck with this type of approach, even got cussed out by an older lady saying "she didn;t fall off the turnip truck yesterday and she has had her properties cleaned for the last 20 years. There is no damage on this property!"Guess it depends on the circumstance. I point out shoddy work, neglected, skipped systems because I need to justify the substantial extra cost for cleaning it up. After cleaning it up the price drops to a regular maintenance charge. I recently picked up a large multi-location account, after doing several I told them it will be an extra 50% (almost) for the first time cleaning.............they balked. I showed them the pictures of what they were getting from their previous cleaner. They said OK, they are ****ed (at what they were getting). The CEO of the company is calling in the owner of the previous company to "discuss" the matter.
He did it becasue he is not a professional. Any other silly questions. Hacks, gotta love 'em. They are so profitable.That's a good synapsis, Pat. It softens lignin and raises grain moreso than cold water as well. Jim mentioned using it on ipe which is inherently so dense with sugars and extractives that no much affects its stability. I still don't know WHY he did it, but I'm sure there was some logic to it.