Deck maintenance guide

Outdoor kitchens and utility decks are a popular part of Australian backyards, and everyone is keen to use the outdoor facilities for relaxing, dining and entertaining. Enjoyable deck life also requires regular maintenance and care of the deck to extend its life.

Take time to carefully check all places for decay. Unfortunately, most wood rot occurs in hard-to-see places, on decorative boards, on the underside of stair treads, and on the side of stairs. If possible, it is also necessary to check under the deck.

How to clean the deck

First, use a leaf blower or broom to blow all debris from the deck surface, then wash the deck.

To clean your deck, buy a commercial deck cleaner that will remove mildew, oxidation (turning grey) and dirt. The best ones contain sodium percarbonate. Mix according to label directions. Always wear rubber gloves and safety glasses.

Brush the broom handle with a stiff fibre brush, and thoroughly scrub the surface according to the wood grain. Work in a small area and often rinse with clean water.

For a large deck, you can rent a power washer and adjust it to a pressure of 600 to 800 psi to blast and clean the deck. Wear safety goggles and keep the nozzle about 6 inches above the deck surface. Be careful not to get too close or stay in one place for too long.

Remove stains and discolouration

As time goes by, the beautiful natural wooden deck will lose its lustre because the ultraviolet rays of the sun destroy the structure of the wood. If it is dark grey, then the problem may be easier to solve than it looks. Non-oxidizing chlorine bleach can remove algae and mould stains, as well as some oxidized deck sealants. These products are non-toxic treatments, and they can also clean and illuminate wood.


How to finish the wooden deck

After cleaning the deck, let it dry completely, then seal it, but don’t wait too long, or it will get dirty again. Determine if it needs to be sealed by sprinkling a few drops of water on the wood. If the water does not condense but seeps into the deck, it needs to be sealed.


Finally, if you are seeking improvements and would like someone to take care of your landscaping needs, then look no further than Everlast Services. We have experienced landscapers too, who will work with you to create your perfect outdoor living space.

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