While power washers may look like a good choice to get your annual deck maintenance done faster, they can actually do damage to your timber deck. They can gouge the wood, causing holes, or strip away protective layers of sealant.
If you do want to use your power washer, follow these deck care and maintenance tips. Use your washer on the lowest power setting, and use a fan spray nozzle. Always keep the nozzle moving while the washer is spraying.
Don’t use regular paint or any sealants not designed specifically for decks. The type of sealant you use during deck maintenance will depend on the kind of finish you want and the type of wood deck you are sealing. Sealants can be clear, tinted, semi-transparent, or opaque. Deck stains or paints may work for you, as they provide different levels of protection and create different looks.
Consider the climate and weather that your deck is exposed to. A deck that will endure ocean winds or splashes from your swimming pool require a more protective sealant. Likewise, very cold, snowy, or very humid weather will require protection from constant moisture.
Avoid getting harsh chemicals like pure bleach or chlorine on your deck. These chemicals can strip your deck of its natural colours and can penetrate into the wood to weaken and warp it. They can also damage any plant life on or around your deck. Any cleaning products that contain acid or lye should also be avoided, as they too can eat away at the protective sealants on your deck.
Always check the labels of any cleaning products you use to ensure they contain chemicals that are appropriate for your deck’s wood type. Safer options like oxygen bleach can be used on some decks, but are safe for all decks.
Keeping leaves, branches, and other debris off your deck is not only visually appealing – it will also help keep your deck looking good for years to come. A buildup of natural debris can cause mould and moss growth, and encourage water damage. These issues not only look bad, but can leave your deck structurally unstable. Leaving plant matter to sit on your deck can also cause staining. As leaves and branches decay, they release tannins which can leave permanent marks on wooden surfaces. Regularly sweep your deck with a stiff broom, to avoid any damage or long term issues caused by accumulating leaves and other debris.
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