What can I use to clean my deck?
Your deck brings you hours of enjoyment. Treat it well with regular maintenance, including cleaning it, and you’ll enjoy your deck for years to come. Deck cleaning doesn’t have to be complicated, and usually all you need is a broom, a scrub brush, some kind of cleaner, and maybe a putty knife to clear crud from between the cracks. Usually, most deck cleaners that you can buy are safe to use but you can also use a mixture of warm water and bleach or distilled vinegar. If you are cleaning a larger portion of your deck, buy or rent a pressure washer instead of scrubbing the whole deck with a brush. Once you get the deck cleaned up, you’ll want to stain or seal it. For a professional-looking cleaning and deck staining in Fort Worth and Arlington, TX, give Pro Seal Restoration. Cleaning and staining decks is one of our specialties. Set up an appointment today by calling (817) 506-7722.
How often should you clean your deck?
At the very least, you should clean your deck at least once per year. You might want to clean it more frequently—maybe two or even three times per year—if it gets a lot of traffic and use throughout the year, especially when children and pets are involved. Spills and muddy paws can quickly add up to a mess that can leave your deck looking bad and lead to stains or even damage.
Other reasons for more frequent deck cleaning include having a deck on the north side of your house or a deck heavily shaded by trees and bushes. Decks on the north side of the home tend to be more prone to moisture because the wood doesn’t dry as quickly in a typically more shaded area. All that extra moisture leads to algae, mold, mildew, and more dirt. Trees are going to leave behind twigs, leaves, limbs, and sap to clean from the deck.
Should you pressure wash a deck?
Using a pressure washer for deck cleaning is particularly good when you’re cleaning the whole deck and not just a small area. Still, it is possible to cause some damage: Wood fibers can become raised when the wood gets wet. This can cause splinters, especially on handrails. If you are just cleaning your deck, you can remove any raised areas with a sander. If you are staining the deck, you will need to sand it after washing before applying the stain.
Is it better to sand or power wash a deck?
When you’re prepping your deck for staining or sealing you will either sand or pressure wash the deck. Sometimes you might need to do both. Before prepping, you’ll need to identify the type of wood you have and assess its condition. Softer woods like cedar will require light pressure washing as well as sanding, while you only want to sand pressure-treated wood because washing can release arsenic into the water, contaminating anything the spray hits.
When assessing the wood, the following variables affect whether you sand or pressure wash or do both:
- Sand and then pressure wash splintered, cracked, or rough wood.
- A deep deck cleaning using a cleaner and thick-bristled brush is required for wood with deep grooves and moss or mold growing in it. Treat the wood with the cleaner first before brushing the debris away.
- Pressure wash any smooth wood that simply faded or showing slight wear. Follow up with a light sanding to get rid of fuzz or raised grains.
How do I clean my deck without a pressure washer?
If you are just cleaning small areas of your deck, you don’t need a power washer. Instead, deck cleaning involves just these three steps:
- Sweeping the deck and clearing the cracks with a putty knife.
- Scrubbing the wood with a brush using either a deck cleaner or a mixture of bleach and warm water.
- Applying stain or sealer.
How do I naturally clean my wood deck?
If you want to avoid using a chemical deck cleaning liquid or a bleach and water mixture, you can use natural ingredients that will sufficiently clean your deck. Distilled white vinegar is an excellent natural cleaner. Add 1 cup of vinegar to a gallon of water to make a suitable mixture.
Will deck cleaner kill grass?
When using chemical deck cleaning liquids, you will need to take care to keep the cleaner off your grass. Some cleaners contain toxins like lye and chlorine that will kill your grass. Oxygen-based bleaches or vinegar and water work as substitutes.
How do I get green algae off my wood deck?
There are several deck cleaning options available if you want to get rid of algae growing on your deck. There are, of course, products specifically designed to remove moss and algae, but some can be pricey. Two common household products—hydrogen peroxide and distilled white vinegar—also can be used. Peroxide doesn’t kill the algae, it just lifts it off the surface of the deck to scrub away. Vinegar and water will do the same.
Deck cleaning service
If you are planning to stain your deck and are looking for a reliable and professional deck cleaning and staining service in Fort Worth and Arlington, TX, you can expect exceptional service from Pro Seal Restoration. We will get your deck thoroughly cleaned, using the right cleaners and materials for your it that won’t damage your wood. Book an appointment with us today by calling (817) 506-7722.