Maintenance is a vital part of owning a deck, for many reasons. If you want your deck to last for years to come, you won’t get that if you don’t give it regular maintenance. And of course, there is a process for cleaning your deck correctly. Knowing this process is going to help you keep your deck for many years, and will even keep it structurally sound. If you’re wondering how you should be cleaning your deck, read on.
- Clear your workspace.
Everything, and we mean everything, must be off your deck’s surface. This includes the grill and your patio furniture. Working around these objects can be incredibly tedious and could result in you not cleaning your deck properly.
Make sure debris is cleared from your deck. Usually, the debris on your deck is organic. Leaves and pine needles can be swept into the yard, as they will decompose and even enrich your yard. But any other material like trash or paint chips need to be tossed in the trash.
- Protect your surroundings.
This includes yourself! Deck cleaners can be toxic, so you may want to wear a mask. Protect your plants with plastic bags, and make sure any pets or children are inside for the duration of your cleaning process. Also ensure the deck cleaner won’t come into contact with any of your bare skin.
- Start cleaning.
Mixing the cleaner may require mixing one cup of bleach to every two gallons of water. This is the cheaper option. You can also purchase deck cleaners from your local hardware store, which will give you specific direction for how to clean your deck. These also come in organic options if you’re worried about the environment.
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