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