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5 Simple Ways to Maintain a Deck

Posted on June 9th, 2017 by

A deck is one of the most important features of any yard because it increases the design of the setting and creates more space for residents to enjoy on the property. However, the materials can begin to wear and break down over time. When you want to enhance your deck’s appearance and increase its lifespan, there are a few simple steps to take. The Vista hardwood flooring experts at Unique Flooring want to share 5 simple deck maintenance tips.

1. Wash the Deck

Choose a high-quality wood deck cleaner to remove oil stains and grease, then use a garden sprayer or paint roller to apply the cleaner to prevent it from pooling. The cleaner should be scrubbed off before you allow the deck to dry. When it comes to cleaning the railings, work from the bottom up. Scrub the product into the surface of the wood before rinsing it off. 

2. Seal the Deck

Sealing the deck helps protect it from moisture and environmental elements. Use a clear sealer that allows the natural color and grain of the wood to be visible. A gallon of sealant covers 250 square feet and typically lasts for a year before it needs to be applied again. Wear gloves, a mask, and eye protection to prevent coming into contact with the chemicals. The process involves sanding the deck, replacing popped screws and nails, and using a roller to apply the seal.

3. Perform Repairs

Performing repairs on your deck during spring or summer is necessary to keep it safe and in good condition as you use it throughout the year. Check for signs where rot is present, which is common near the stairs. The ledger and the flashing will also need to be inspected. Make sure the flashing is in good condition and that it hasn’t lifted. It’s also necessary to shake the railing to check if the posts are loose and need to be secured.

4. Strip Old Finishes

Use a deck finish stripper if the current sealant is flaking or peeling off the wood. Before applying the stripper in the surrounding areas, use a small amount to test on a portion of the deck to determine if it works well. Protect the surrounding areas by covering everything with plastic before using the stripper on the deck. Read the instructions on the product to determine how long you’ll need to leave it on the surface of the wood.

5. Remove Algae and Mildew 

To clean and brighten the deck, apply non-chlorine oxygenated bleach to remove mildew and algae on the wood. These products can also clean dirt or grime that has accumulated over time. Test a small area before applying the bleach on large surfaces.

It’s also vital to maintain the flooring inside your home. If you need floor refinishing in Vista, get in touch with Unique Flooring today. We also provide a wide array of attractive and affordable flooring products, from Berber carpet to COREtec vinyl planks. Call 760-945-0010 today to speak with one of our friendly representatives and receive a free quote.

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