A deck is an excellent addition to any yard. It provides you and your family with a place to sit back, relax, and enjoy the outdoors. Land isn’t cheap – you might as well enjoy all of what you have. But without the proper care, your deck can become a dirty, rotten, splintery mess. The following tips will help you keep your deck in top shape:
1. Sweep Frequently
Sweep your deck at least once a week, especially in the fall. Dirt and sand work their way into the wood grain over time, which can cause splitting and other forms of mechanical damage. Also, leaves rot and can leave stains. You can sweep all that junk away to avoid these problems.
2. Don’t Put Pots Directly on the Deck
Potted plants add a visually interesting element to your deck, but be sure to place them on a ceramic saucer or some other surface that will collect the water that seeps through the soil after watering. Putting pots directly on your deck will lead to moisture being trapped in the wood, which in turn leads to mold and rot.
3. Soak and Scrub to Get Rid of Mold Stains
If you do end up with a mold stain, here’s how you can get rid of it: soak the area with water and a deck cleaning solution for a few hours (use a mild solution – anything too harsh might make a stain of its own), and then scrub it off. Hose down the area after you scrub and the stain should be gone.
4. Seal It
Outdoor decks are exposed to the elements. Rain, winds, and the constant sun we see here in San Diego can do a lot of damage. Sealing your deck will help protect it from weathering. Not every deck requires sealing, but most do. Here’s one quick test that you can use to determine whether your deck needs sealing or not: just take a glass of water and pour it onto your deck. If the water beads on top of the deck, you probably don’t need sealing. If the water soaks in, it’s time to seal.
5. Repair Chips and Cracks Immediately
If you see a chip or a crack, don’t ignore it. These flaws don’t just look bad – they expose the unprotected inner parts of your deck, making your deck deteriorate faster. Sand off chips and fill in cracks as soon as you see them to prevent further damage.
Proper cleaning and preservation of your deck will help it last for years to come. Have any questions about cleaning and preserving your deck? Feel free to contact us and ask.