Is deck cleaning as simple as wiping the surface with soap and water? Can you get rid of stubborn stains yourself, or do they require professional removal? Learn how to keep your deck looking pristine and in tip-top shape year-round.
Deck Cleaning Basics in Kirkland
We suggest cleaning the deck at least twice a year. You don’t need to use any fancy cleaners; a simple solution of water and soap will suffice. If there are stubborn stains, scrub firmly but not too hard using a soft-bristled brush. When complete, rinse the surface with a hose.
Cleaning a Deck with a Power Washer
If stains remain, then a power washer may be required. Pay careful attention to the washer’s psi. For cleaning a Trex deck, don’t exceed 3100 psi, and be sure the power washer has a fan attachment. Keep the fan tip a minimum of eight inches from the surface when spraying. If you have no experience handling a power washer, we suggest hiring a professional. A power washer can easily damage a composite deck surface if used incorrectly.
Additional Cleaning Tips
Never use a conventional metal shovel or sharp object to remove snow or other debris; you risk nicking the surface. Instead, use a shovel with a plastic blade.
If you detect mold or mildew (rare in a Trex deck), you may use non-chlorine bleach to treat the surface. However, use just a small amount, as too much chlorine can give the deck a faded and washed-out appearance.
The addition of a patio cover will also provide the deck partial protection from the elements.
Need a New Deck?
Of course, you need to have a deck in order to clean one. If a deck installation is part of an impending renovation plan, give Calcon Decks a call today. Once installed, make deck cleaning a routine habit to keep the surface spotless.
Simple Deck Cleaning Measures in Kirkland
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