How to Clean a Deck

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A clean deck - besides being a more inviting place for your barbecue - will probably last longer because cleaning helps kill fungus, which may shorten the life of your deck.

Things You'll Need

  • Brooms
  • Garden Hoses
  • Scrub Brushes
  • Water
  • Deck Cleaning Solution
  • Plastic Bucket
  • Tarps
  • Decide on type of cleaner - bleach or non-bleach base.

  • Sweep deck of all dirt, leaves and wood chips.

  • Cover plants and shrubs with plastic tarps.

  • Wet deck.

  • Mix cleaner according to manufacturer's instructions.

  • Apply cleaner with a long-handled brush or sprayer.

  • Let set for required time.

  • Rinse.

  • Let dry.

Tips & Warnings

  • Lighten wood by using bleach-based cleaner.
  • Remove dirt and stains without damaging or changing the wood's natural color by using non-bleach cleaners.
  • Use an "environment friendly" cleaner.
  • If you plan to seal your deck after cleaning it, wait until it has thoroughly dried.
  • Wear eye protection.
  • Wear rubber gloves when using cleaner.

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