How to Clean a Wood Deck

How to Clean a Wood DeckAs a proud and responsible homeowner, you want every aspect of your house to look its absolute best. As you work your way around to the back of your home, you may look at your deck and decide it could use a thorough cleaning. Just like every other part of your residence that’s exposed to the outdoors, your deck can certainly get dirty over time. Here’s a simple routine for how to properly clean a wood deck and give it a nice facelift:

Sweep & Rinse Your Deck

Before you dive in with some deep cleaning, you can probably clear a good amount off your deck by sweeping and rinsing it off. Whether it’s getting some leaves and helicopters off or washing away that ketchup from last week’s barbecue, this will clear some of the initial gunk.

Mix & Apply a Cleaning Solution

It’s actually fairly easy to create a cleaning solution that’s safe for your wood deck with products you already have in your home. One easy and effective solution is a mix of baking soda, vinegar, liquid dish soap, and water; the amount of each will depend on the size of your deck.

Once you combine the ingredients in a bucket, you’ll want to use a stiff-bristle brush to apply the solution to your deck. It’s important to scrub with the direction of the grain to properly remove dirt, mildew, mold, stains, etc. without damaging the wood.

Hose or Power Wash the Solution Off

If you have a power washer, now is the time for you to whip it out and wash off all the solution—and grime—from your deck. It’s ok if you don’t have a power washer; your garden hose and an extra-pressure nozzle can work well too.

And that’s it! By cleaning your wood deck once or twice a year, you can keep it looking its best and cut down on any other unnecessary maintenance. Feel free to contact the experts at Chesley Fence & Deck for more advice about proper wood deck maintenance.