Did you know that the number of homeowners increased by around 2.1 million in the last year? If you are a proud new homeowner and are excited about your new deck in your outdoor area it is important to learn some pro tips about deck cleaning to ensure that you do not ruin your deck.
Keep reading to learn the ins and outs of cleaning your deck so that you can enjoy it for years to come.
1. Clean It Once Per Year
One pro tip is to make sure you clean your deck at least once per year. Especially for those that have a wooden deck because they have a porous surface that after some time starts to absorb water. If you let this go for too long you will end up with a deck full of mildew, mold, and algae.
Cleaning your deck once per year will help protect the deck and also help maintain a newer appearance.
2. Treat Stains
Before you start to pressure wash or clean your deck you want to first look for any stains and treat them. To treat stains you can make your own solution of 2 gallons of hot water with 1 cup of oxygenated bleach. Put the cleaner on the stains and let it sit for about 5 minutes.
Then, use a scrub brush and scrub the stain away. Rinse everything down and allow it to dry thoroughly before washing the deck.
3. Use Lower Pressure
If you are going to use a pressure washer it is best to use lower pressure. Using too much pressure can end up damaging your deck because it can break apart small pieces if you have a wooden deck or lift up some of the wood. Check these pressure washing tips from Hotsy Equipment Company.
While you are washing it, never aim at one spot for too long with the pressure washer. It is best to use long, overlapping strokes and start closer to your home and work your way outward.
4. Get Rid of Standing Water
Once you are done pressure washing take your broom and sweep any standing water that is left. It will help reduce the chances of splintering and it will also help your deck dry faster.
Trying to Extend Your Deck?
Once you are done cleaning your deck you might decide that you want to extend the deck and make it larger. If you are going to do this but have too many trees in the way then you might want to look at a deck mulcher for purchase to help you clear your land faster and efficiently.
Ready to Do Some Deck Cleaning Like a Pro?
We hope that now that you are aware of the top pro tips of deck cleaning you are feeling more confident and are ready to take care of your deck like a pro.
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