The deck is a beautiful addition to any home, but it does require some upkeep. Cleaning the deck usually requires a lot of work because you have to get out every single piece of equipment, set up the hose and then clean away all those pesky leaves. If you’ve never cleaned your deck before, don’t worry – we’re here to help!
For best results, you should apply the deck cleaning solution to the entire surface of the wood, not just around the edges. This cleaner will penetrate deep into the wood and fight the dirt deep in. Cleaning your deck with a cleaner like this will also get rid of any varnish or oil stains that may be on the surface as well as cracks or crevices that may have accumulated over time. It is important to brush your cleaner into the wood before applying it. Apply the cleaner with a long, even stroke to make sure that all areas are covered. If some areas take more time to dry than others, you may need to wait for them to completely dry before applying another application of cleaner.
There are two main types of pressure washers available for cleaning your wood deck: electric and manual. If you have an electric pressure washer, you will want to plug the unit into a power outlet and use the extension on your garden hose to reach the farthest corners of your yard. To clean your wood deck with this type of pressure washer, be sure to always follow the manufacturer’s directions for the model you own.
These pressure washers are designed to pull dirt and debris out of the wood, so be sure to clear your grass and weeds from the path of the nozzle. Push the water through the nozzle and use long strokes to ensure that every bit of dirt and debris has been removed. Manual pressure washers are generally less powerful than their electric counterparts but can still effectively get the job done.
If you are dealing with an accumulation of mold and mildew on your wood deck, you may prefer to use a power washer but keep in mind that your pressure washer may damage the wood underneath if you press too hard. Use your power washer only on areas where mold has formed, never on mold-free wood.
If your power washer is not powerful enough to get rid of the mold, you may consider using a simple garden rake to clear away any smaller pieces of mold-causing debris. Remove the entire buildup of mold from the affected area but be sure to wear protective gloves as this process may result in contact with certain chemicals used in cleaning products.
For stains, you will need a solution that contains bleach. Oxygen bleach is a strong bleaching agent that works well for removing stains from concrete and asphalt. It is non-toxic and is safe for both children and animals. Mix one cup of oxygen bleach with four cups of hot tap water and pour into a spray bottle. Use the entire mixture to gently scrub your entire deck from top to bottom.
Make sure to thoroughly rinse all areas with the oxygen bleach solution so you do not leave any bleach residue behind. Rinse all of the solutions from your deck completely to prevent any mold or mildew from forming on your wood. To finish the cleaning process, apply a polyethylene sheet to the surface of your wood. Do not apply it to stained areas until all of the bleach has been removed from the wood. Allow the sheet to dry completely before installing anything on the surface.
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