A deck allows you to enjoy the outdoors from the comfort of your home. After a contractor installs one, you’ll need to perform regular maintenance to keep it in top shape. Here are some ways to care for your new outdoor area.
Mold, rot, and mildew can form on wooden surfaces when moisture gets trapped under debris, including leaves and dirt.
Sweep the deck about once a week to get rid of any grime. Moisture can also get trapped under furniture, so move belongings around when cleaning to minimize standing water.
Using a power-washer is an effective way to clean your deck thoroughly. Cleaning also prepares the surface for the sealing process discussed below.
Use a low setting to prevent damage to the wood or hire a professional if you don’t have experience power-washing.
Painting a deck is usually not the right move. Paint is easily damaged by the elements and starts to look grimy after a short time.
Use a sealant to protect the surface instead. If you’ve already painted, remove any old product with a stripper or sander, then apply a synthetic sealant. This will protect the wood from moisture and sunlight.
Use harsh cleaners.
If you’re dealing with mildew or mold, your first instinct might be to use chlorine bleach or another abrasive product. Unfortunately, these can strip the finish off the deck and alter its color.
To remove stains, clean with plain water, then use soap and water or a power-washer.
If you’re looking to install a new deck, turn to the remodeling professionals at Mallo Home Improvements in Rochester, NY. This family-owned company has been in business since 1957. They offer quality craftsmanship and warranties to ensure you’re happy with your new space. Visit their website to learn more about their services, or call (585) 654-9530 to receive a free estimate.