A wood deck is an excellent addition to your home. It enhances the aesthetic appeal of your property; therefore, it increases its value over time. Unfortunately, wooden decks receive constant abuse from the elements, such as rain, snow, dust, and debris. All these can leave the wooden deck looking dirty, dingy, and grey. Thankfully, periodic cleaning can improve its look and prolongs the life of your wood deck.
It doesn’t take a lot of effort to keep your wood deck looking its best. Proper care and regular maintenance can keep it in tip-top shape. For one, you should make sure that you get rid of dirt, mildew, or plant stains that start to develop to help the wood last longer. You should also prevent debris from collecting in the gaps as well as the joints. Doing so will keep the wood dry. Here are a few wood cleaning tips you can follow.
This process is more affordable than hiring a professional cleaning service or renting a power washer. This method uses chemicals, such as household bleach and trisodium phosphate but you don’t have to worry because it won’t affect your lawn or your plants if you use it properly. Here’s what you need to do:
- A cup of trisodim phosphate (TSP). You can buy this at your local hardware store. It can remove soil and other sticky stuff.
- A cup of liquid bleach to get rid of mold and mildew
- A gallon of water
Mix TSP and bleach to the gallon of water. You should use a deck brush to scrub the deck surface. You should also use a protective glove when scrubbing the deck. After doing so, rinse the deck thoroughly using a garden hose.
Power Spray Cleaning
According to CleanSweep Services, a San Jose based cleaning company, power spray cleaning makes use of high-pressure water sprayer to effectively and quickly clean the gaps around the posts, steps, and between the boards. Unfortunately, if you are not careful, you might damage your wooden deck in the process; therefore, it is best to employ professional pressure washers for the job.
If you want to do it on your own, you will need to rent a power washer at an equipment rental shop. Here’s what you need to do:
- Before you start cleaning the deck, get rid of any furniture pieces, pots, or plants on the deck. If possible, you should also protect the electrical outlets near the deck area because it might get wet from the pressure washer.
- Make sure you don’t use too much pressure as this may damage the wood. You will only need water pressure between 800 to 1200 pounds per square inch to clean a wooden deck.
- You should also use a 45-degree nozzle. Don’t use a needle or pinpoint nozzle for the job.
- Hold the nozzle at an angle and then keep it at least 18 inches away from the surface.
- Avoid concentrating the nozzle in a particular area of the deck for more than a second. When pressure washing the deck, you should keep the spray in constant motion. As a tip, you should follow the pattern of the wooden deck.
Before you use this method, you should read the instructions carefully. Make sure that you are using the pressure washer as intended. Wear protective goggles and clothing when operating the pressure washer equipment.
- Peggy2012CREATIVELENZ.”Patterns in the light of the fading sun”. December 24, 2011. Online Image. Flickr. Jan 13, 2014
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The author, Kris Bennette, has been writing professionally for more than two years. She occasionally writes home improvement tips and tricks for online publishing.
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