5 Tips For Maintaining A Wood Deck

clean a painted deckIf your wooden deck is constantly covered in mildew and debris, or sagging due to rotting wood, you likely need to invest more time into maintaining it. By following best practices, you can keep your deck looking like new for years to come. Follow these tips to clean and maintain your deck, avoiding further damage.

    • 1. Stick To A Cleaning Schedule
      Most experts recommend performing a thorough clean every two to three years. This includes removing all debris, scrubbing the surface, and ensuring that all crevices are free of dirt. For more severe cases, you might need to rent a power washer. Clean a painted deck with care, making sure that you have removed all mold and mildew, as this can spread.

      • 2. Keep It Sealed Properly sealing your deck after a deck cleaningkeeps moisture out and prevents rot, mold, and mildew. It also keeps the wood from swelling, maintaining its structural integrity. If your sealant is chipping away, be sure to add a new coat and follow the instructions on the product bottle.
        • 3. Inspect For Rot And Termites As your deck ages, moisture may cause the wood to rot away, sag, or collapse. Termites would have a similar effect, as they gnaw their way through the wood. To inspect for these problems, tap the surface of your deck with the end of a broom or other blunt tool. If you here hollow or soft places, call a professional
          handyman to confirm and address the damage.

          •   4. Restore The SurfaceOnce you implement deck cleaning solutions, be sure to restore the deck's finish and color. You can purchase these products in any hardware store. Carefully read the label of the product before you make a purchase to match your deck's color and type of wood.
            •  5. Hire A Deck ProfessionalThe best way to maintain your deck is to hire deck cleaning services every two to three years. Just as you would invest in having your gutters cleaned, which should be done twice per year, it is important to invest in your deck's longevity. These professionals will be able to recommend a specific maintenance plan based on your deck's age and condition.

Cincy Gutter Boys are here to handle Cincinnati's deck cleaning and home maintenance needs. Whether you need to clean a painted deck or restore old rain gutters, we are the professionals you can trust.