How to prevent slippery wood deck surfaces

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How to prevent slippery wood deck surfaces
Avoid falls by keeping the deck clean. (Amos Morgan/Photodisc/Getty Images)

Water accumulating after rain along with general dirt and debris build-up 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.

Skill level:

Things you need

  • Stiff broom
  • Garden hose with sprayer
  • Deck cleaning product or oxygenated-bleach cleaner
  • Soft scrub brush

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  1. 1

    Sweep the deck surface as often as you notice debris--especially after a storm--using a stiff broom to remove dirt and excess water.

  2. 2

    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.

  3. 3

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

  4. 4

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

  5. 5

    Rinse the surface with the garden hose sprayer after cleaning.

Tips and warnings

  • Avoid washing the deck in the summer, as the heat and the water will stress the wood.

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