How to Prevent Slippery Wood Deck Surfaces


Water accumulating after rain along with general dirt and debris buildup can make your deck slippery. This is a hazard to your family and a potential lawsuit, if a visitor falls. The best way to avoid a slippery deck is to keep water off and clean it. Decks require regular maintenance--sometimes daily depending on the weather and the location and condition of your deck. What you expend in time, you reap in peace of mind.

Things You'll Need

  • Stiff broom
  • Garden hose with sprayer
  • Deck cleaning product or oxygenated-bleach cleaner
  • Soft scrub brush
  • Sweep the deck surface as often as you notice debris--especially after a storm--using a stiff broom to remove dirt and excess water.

  • Spray the deck at least once a year, usually in the spring or fall, with a garden hose outfitted with a sprayer to remove mildew, moss, algae or other deposits.

  • Apply a deck cleaning product recommended by your decking manufacturer to remove tough stuck-on buildup. This Old House recommends an oxygenated-bleach cleaner in lieu of a deck cleaner. Follow the specific application directions provided with the product.

  • Scrub the deck surface with a soft scrub brush after applying the cleaner.

  • Rinse the surface with the garden hose sprayer after cleaning.

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