Timber decks are great investments to beautify your home. And to keep them looking their best, you have to clean them regularly.
While you can hire people to clean your deck for you, you can also do it yourself. It saves money and it gives you a sense of fulfilment once you see your deck spotless.
Cleaning a deck may seem daunting, but it isn’t too bad when you know what to do. To help you out, here are three tips for deck cleaning.
1. Clean and sweep
Your deck most likely has a lot of dust and debris on the surface. So the first step is to sweep them out with a broom or a leaf blower. That should take out all loose dirt, fallen leaves, sticks, and others from the surface of the deck.
Also, it’s ideal to sweep up your deck often to preserve the timber. Otherwise, decomposing organic matter can damage the wood.
2. Use a cleaning solution
There are lots of commercially-available deck cleaners in timber decking supplies stores in Melbourne. Make sure to use one to give your deck the best cleaning possible.
Alternatively, you can create your own cleaning solution using laundry detergent and water.
Then, with the cleaning solution, scrub the deck gently with a brush. You could also use a power washer, but be careful not to set the pressure too high. Otherwise, you could scratch or splinter the wood.
Afterwards, rinse the deck thoroughly. Make sure not to leave any traces of detergent on the deck to keep the timber looking spotless. If there are any soapy residues, even small ones, they can soon cause the timber to discolour.
Then, before putting anything back on the deck, make sure it’s completely dry. This may take a number of days of exposing the deck to full sunshine.
3. Finish off with a sealer
After your deck has dried fully, applying a sealer is the last step. Sealers help preserve the wood, keeping your deck looking as good as new.
You can also find quality sealers in many timber decking stores in Melbourne.
If you clean your deck regularly, following these tips, the timber will last for several years. Also, your deck will always be squeaky clean and a most relaxing place to be.
Need cleaning supplies for your deck? Westall Timber has a variety of cleaning solutions, sealers, and other supplies to keep your timber decking as clean as they can be. Visit our website to see our catalogue.