Nowadays, many homeowners prefer to invest in their homes rather than buying new ones. Creating a decking area for relaxing and chilling is a way to turn your backyard into a vacation getaway. It will cost some money initially but such investment will definitely increase the value of your property.
However, a crumbling, messy deck isn’t pretty. To ensure lasting beauty of your deck, you should regularly care of it and clean it as well. Proper installation and care will provide years of outdoor living pleasure.
For cleaning heavily soiled areas, there are special eco-friendly decking cleaners on the market. Usually, spray in the direction of the grain to avoid damaging the wood.
For periodic maintenance cleaning, power washing of the deck boards is recommended to prevent build-up of pollen/debris.For best results, use a maximum of 3000 psi gas powered pressure washer with 25 degree fan tip. Hold the power wash wand at approximately a 30 degree angle. Spray in the direction of the length of the plank, not across or surface damage may result.
For best results,complete cleaning during the early morning or evening hours when the board surface is cool to prevent cleaners from drying/evaporating on the deck surface.
Do not forget to read the manufacturer’s instructions before applying any cleaner.
Always take the proper safety precautions when operating a power washer.
If you happen to spill something on your deck, blot the spot as soon as possible. Use a soft, clean towel soaked in warm water to blot up the stained area. Avoid rubbing. For stubborn stains use a cleaning solution of mild dish-washing soap and warm water. Wipe it dry.
Do not use rubber or vinyl products (welcome mats, planters, etc.) on deck planks, as those can cause discoloration of the decking under the rubber/vinyl product.
For periodic maintenance cleaning, rinse deck thoroughly. A soap and water solution is a good choice for the purpose.
For ice removal, either rock salt or calcium chloride may be used without damage to the surface.