Cleaning Your Outdoor Deck
By the end of summer, most patio decks tend to look a little rough. Even under constant vigilance and proactive cleaning, decks can accumulate dirt and debris. Although it may seem to be an intimidating chore, cleaning the deck can be done easily. Washing your deck does not have to be expensive, it just needs a thorough cleaning once a year (minimum!)
The first step is to do a quick sweep of the patio. Be sure to not only sweep away the debris but also make sure that there is nothing between the cracks. Not doing so will result in loose leaves and items to rot the deck. Once properly swept up, then you can start scrubbing the deck. You can use either soapy water or a deck cleaner solution. Another way to clean the deck is to use a power washer, especially for large areas. Once you’re finished scrubbing the deck, give it a good rinse. Your final step is to clean the deck and apply either a stain or sealer. Voila! Your deck should look good as new!