The snow has melted and everything is beginning to show signs of life again. Everything, that is, but your deck. Winter causes dirt and debris buildup, warping, splintering and cracking. Here are 5 steps to make sure the deck area is ready for you and your guests.
- Inspect your deck for loose or raised boards railings, spindles, posts and post tops.
- Clear the deck of all furniture, grills, rugs and planters.
- Sweep the deck, removing debris from between the boards to promote good drainage.
- Clean the deck using a mild bleach solution, commercial cleaning solution or with a power washer, being sure to use slow, even strokes to avoid uneven stripping away of the surface.
- Allow deck to dry 48 hours and decide whether your deck needs a new coat of stain or sealant. Typically, decks should be re-sealed or re-stained every 2 to 4 years to prolong the life of the deck.
During all five steps be sure to be on the lookout for popped nails and splinters. Little feet and toes will thank you! Follow these steps and you will enjoy months of wonderful outdoor entertaining and extend your indoor living into the great outdoors.
Stay tuned and live well.