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
- Garden Hoses
- Scrub Brushes
- Deck Cleaning Solution
- Plastic Bucket
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.
Mix cleaner according to manufacturer's instructions.
Apply cleaner with a long-handled brush or sprayer.
Let set for required time.
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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