During summer, there might be nothing better than sitting on your deck and enjoying the warm air. Maybe the family is playing in the backyard. Maybe you have a beverage in hand — with a deck, anything’s possible. This is why it’s important to keep your deck looking clean all season long. There are several things you need to do to make this happen.
Inspect Your Deck
At the beginning of the season, it’s important to give your deck an inspection. This doesn’t need to be anything more than a visible once-over, but it’s important you take the time to do it right. Check the railings, the floor and the supports underneath to make sure that everything still looks good and is in solid condition. If you spot an issue, it’s essential to take care of it as soon as possible, otherwise, one bad board can lead to more as others struggle with the extra strain.
Clean it Regularly
When it comes to actually cleaning your deck, you don’t need much in the way of special equipment. In most cases, a weekly sweeping can get rid of just about everything except the most stubborn leaves and tree droppings. With these, you might need to get a hose or a scrubber. Whichever way you do it, make sure the deck is free from debris, otherwise, those leaves can start to decay, which can damage the wood in your deck.
Once a Season, Clean Thoroughly
Once a season — either at the very end or the very beginning — give your deck a thorough scrubbing. Use a pressure washer and an eco-friendly detergent to get it spic-and-span. This will not only help to get it ready for the next season, but it will also ensure that there are no harmful chemicals or substances from the summer to damage it in the offseason.
If you have not yet done so, make sure you also use a good sealant. This can help maintain the life of your deck by keeping moisture and other substances out. Remember to reapply sealant as needed from season to season, so your deck retains its integrity.
If you follow these tips, you can expect to get many years out of your deck. For more tips and tricks, or to schedule an appointment, please contact us at Hunterdon Siding and Window today!