How To Keep Your Deck Clean & Looking Great

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We know how tricky it is to maintain a clean home and property. If your upkeep isn’t regular, you’re going to have a mess on your hands pretty quickly. The same is true for your deck! Decks can be easily neglected, especially in the wintertime when you’re not using it. As your go-to decking experts, we’re here to give you some tips on how to clean your deck and keep it looking polished!

If your deck needs a good cleaning, here’s what you can do. First off, clear the furniture and other outdoor accessories off of your deck. Now it’s time to sweep! After you’ve swept away all the leaves, twigs, and debris, use a commercial deck cleaner to scrub your deck. You can get a deck cleaner at your local hardware store — just make sure it’s suitable for the type of wood you’re working with. If you’re using a toxic cleaner, make sure you wear gloves. You could also make your own nontoxic cleaner with two cups of oxygen-based bleach to a gallon of water. Apply the cleaning solution to the deck, and then scrub your deck either by hand or with a power washer. Rinse your deck with a garden hose, and then let it dry completely before you bring your furniture back out.

Now that your deck is clean, what can you do to keep it clean and at its peak performance?

  • Make sure you deck is sealed. Sealing your deck will protect it from moisture and sun exposure.
  • Sweep regularly. Blow debris from under and around furniture. Debris like wet leaves can stain wooden decks, and promote mold growth.
  • Clean up messes ASAP. Have paper towels and furniture cleaner within reach, so you can quickly clean up messes (food, spilled drinks, bird droppings, etc.) The quicker you clean up the mess, the easier it will be to get rid of it.
  • Protect your cushions. Store chair cushions in your garage or shed, and only use them when you need them, otherwise they will get stained and dingy with time.
  • Close your umbrella when it’s not being used. If left open, open dirt and bird droppings are more likely to stain it. Consider getting a cover for further protection.
  • Shovel. After a snowfall, be sure to shovel snow off your deck as soon as possible.
  • Tilt your furniture. After a rainstorm, tilt your deck furniture on its side to let the water run off. Getting rid of excess water will allow furniture to dry faster and keep it from getting spotty.

Your deck is an important part of your property — treat it as such! For more information about deck maintenance, repair, and renovation, contact Harmony Decking by calling 215-290-7727.

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