Deck cleaning is an essential part of any deck maintenance routine. No matter how well built or designed, decks require regular cleaning to ensure that they are in good condition for years to come. While there are many products available in the market for this purpose, some have proven to be more effective than others in providing the desired results with the least amount of effort.
Here are some deck cleaning strategies and tips on how to effectively perform a deck cleaning.
It’s understandable if homeowners are eager to get their beautiful outdoor space back as soon as possible, but rushing through the process can cause irreversible damage. Ensure you take your time and follow all steps carefully before cleaning your deck.
Do not attempt to clean your deck using tools designed for other purposes. This could damage wood fibers and not give you desired results. Follow manufacturer guidelines on what tools are appropriate for deck cleaning use. Ask friends, family members, or neighbors who have decks in good condition about the type of tools they use.
The first step of any effective deck clean is to remove the dirt particles with a scrubber brush and detergent solution. Many homeowners mistake rushing through this stage as it appears the least time-consuming at the outset. However, scrubbing effectively is important as it gets rid of grime build-up on surfaces and loosens embedded dirt particles which can be further cleaned using a pressure washer if necessary. Most professional deck cleaners will start with this step before moving on to the next.
After scrubbing your deck, ensure you rinse it well, so no soapy residue remains behind. This could result in the growth of mold and is also slippery when wet and can cause accidents around homes.
Finally, sand the deck and seal treated wood areas using a good quality sealant to improve water resistance and prevent mold growth. While some professionals recommend applying 3 coats for better results, homeowners can stick to 2 coats for everyday use. Ensure you follow manufacturer guidelines on how long the treated area should be left to dry between two consecutive sealant applications.
Deck cleaning doesn’t need to be difficult or time-consuming. With the proper deck cleaning techniques, it’s easy to get the job done effectively without causing any damage. For more information about performing different types of deck cleaning and for professional assistance, contact BMS Pressure Washing Services.
Cleaning, power washing, and sealing your deck are better in the hands of professionals. BMS Pressure Washing Services provides power washing services to clean your deck and eliminate dirt and grime. We offer deck sealing and staining in addition to pressure cleaning.
Our deck sealants will keep moisture, stains, mold, and mildew from entering the wood surface. Wood stains are available in various hues and provide a variety of benefits for protecting the wood surface. Our semi-transparent stains and solid color deck treatments are all brush applied by our educated and courteous crew.