How to Wash Deck Wood


Regardless of the kind of wood your deck's made of, you have to clean it regularly to keep it from looking old and dilapidated. Wash your deck wood with the right equipment to get a proper cleaning without chipping the wood. After you're done, seal the wood to keep water from seeping in and causing wood rot.


Things You'll Need

  • Broom
  • Garden hose
  • Water
  • 2 tsp. liquid laundry detergent
  • Bucket
  • Brush or shop broom
  • Remove items such as furniture and plants from the deck. Sweep the deck with a broom to remove dirt and debris. Wet the deck with a garden hose after sweeping.

  • Mix 2 tsp. liquid laundry detergent with hot water in a bucket. Starting at one end of the deck, pour 2 cups of the detergent water onto the deck.

  • Scrub the soapy water into the deck using a shop broom or a stiff-bristle brush. Continue working across the deck, pouring small amounts of the detergent water onto the wood and scrubbing with the broom or brush. Replenish the soapy water if you run out. Scrub the entire deck including stairs and railings.

  • Rinse the deck with the garden hose after thoroughly scrubbing the wood. Wash away all the soapy residue from the wood. Sweep water from the deck with the broom for faster drying.

Tips & Warnings

  • You may use a pressure washer on the deck. Use the lowest setting, though, as high pressure can damage the wood.

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