Regular maintenance and deck cleaning can help keep your deck in the best shape all year long. Get a head start this summer by following this easy deck-cleaning guide. If you’re not up for the task, hire a Pro to help get your deck ready and maintain it throughout the summer here.
While it’s never too late to clean your deck, it’s best to get ahead of the warmer weather and busier weekends spent on the deck. Properly preparing your deck for the summer will give it the strength it needs to maintain a fine finish and its structural integrity. Here are 5 easy steps to clean your deck this summer:
The first step in preparing your deck for the summer is to do a quick maintenance check. Make sure you are checking for loose or missing nails, screws, and bolts. Additionally, check for loose or missing boards. And lastly, check for flaking paint. If you notice any of the above, take action before moving on to the next step.
Replace any missing hardware, repair or replace any missing boards, and if your finish is peeling, be sure to scrap any remainder off and sand for a smooth finish.
Now that your deck is in good condition, it’s time to clean. For this next step, you’ll want to either sweep, brush, or blow off any loose debris. Once the deck is clear, rinse down your deck and apply a deck cleaning solution. Be sure that the cleaner you are using is meant for your deck’s material. If you’re unsure, you can consult a Pro here. Then… Scrub away! Be sure to scrub away any stains, mold, or other dirt spots.
3. Power Wash
Now that all stains are removed, you can powerwash your deck to bring it back to life! If you don’t own a power washer, you can use a garden hose as well, just make sure you are removing all the cleaner. We also got some interesting pressure wash tips for you.
To ensure a long-lasting finish, you’ll want to apply a weatherproof sealant or stain to your deck. You can opt for a clear coat if you like the natural colour of the wood. Don’t be afraid to go bold and add some colour to your space either! Once all coats are applied, be sure to let it dry out completely before using it.
Last step…Enjoy! Now that you have taken the time to properly clean and prepare your deck for this summer, you can use it worry-free for months and years to come.
Other Helpful Tips
For best results, you should regularly maintain your deck. This can include walkarounds to make sure nothing is loose or missing (including hardware and boards). If you notice that the heat is taking to your sealant, apply another coat to ensure the best results. In addition to routine maintenance, regular cleaning is also helpful. Entertaining can get messy, especially with food and drinks involved. If you notice spilled drinks, food, or sticky popsicle reminisce on the deck be sure to rinse it away ASAP with water. Letting anything sit can attract unwanted insects.