Cleaning And Restoring The Beauty Of Your Wood Deck

Decks made of wood, if exposed to the elements of nature, will quickly fade from the clean shiny wood surface that you admired so much when the deck was new, to dull grey, mildew, and dry-rot-infested eyesores.

When the issue is primarily to the deck's surface, immediate relief is possible by using the cleaning and resealing methods that we’ve listed below. Before you start, however, it is important to examine the deck.

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Looking the for Dry Rot before Repairs:

Dry Rot is a fungus that occurs in damp wood typically in areas that are shaded from the sun. If not treated, it can expand and cause damage to the wood's structural integrity and cause structural damage. Find it regularly. 

It can be found in areas that are difficult to reach, typically under the deck, where the boards and the timbers meet. Make use of the screwdriver or other similar tool to poke at wood, looking for the characteristic cardboard-like surface that is a little slack to the stabs you make. 

The timbers that support the structure are damaged and deck boards must be replaced. If the damage isn't excessive, you can cut off the wood fibers loose and apply a fungicide such as Bora-Care, or Shell-Guard. 

Cleansing the deck Surface:

Even after just one season, new decks, if not properly maintained, could shed their original shine and become dull gray. Ultraviolet radiation is often the reason. Grime, mildew, and mold may also take away from the look on your deck.

Before you begin the actual surface cleaning, be sure that your deck has adequate drainage. Clean out the cracks between the boards' surface using the pressure nozzle of the garden hose.