no longer have a deck, but the memories of how needy
those structures could be over the long haul linger.
remember being so busy during the spring and summer one
year that I waited until late October to wash and
waterproof the deck.
was a warm spell, and I coated it by the light of the
full moon at 5 a.m.
that as it may, here are some tips to better deck care,
courtesy of Trex, which manufacturers decking:
pops and splintering are common occurrences with any
type of wood deck, especially after a winter of
fluctuating temperatures and precipitation.
find protruding nails, drag the back of a rake across
the deck boards. Then hammer them down or replace them
with galvanized screws that are approximately
one-half-inch longer than the original nails.
splintered boards can be salvaged through sanding, but
severely splintered boards will likely continue to
deteriorate and should be replaced.
keep a wood deck looking as good as new, it’s
important to regularly wash, stain, and seal the boards.
Difficult scuffs and scratches may require use of a
power washer — and a bit of elbow grease. With
wood-alternative decks, most abrasions can be washed off
easily with soap and water.
sure to check the deck manufacturer’s cleaning and
care guide for product-specific tips and guidance.
sauce is delicious, but not when the leftovers from last
summer’s final cookout are still coating your deck.
Whether you have a wood or a wood-alternative deck, try
scrubbing stains with a household degreasing agent.
set-in stains, try an automotive degreaser or a
carburetor cleaner and rinse immediately with hot water.
and mildew are the enemies of any exterior surface —
especially shady decks exposed to pollen or other
organic debris and standing puddles of water. Sweeping
the surface creates a first line of defense against mold
and mildew and prevents the creation of an environment
that nurtures the growth of fungus.