Remove Everything From the Deck
In order to be prepared for summer, you need to know what you’re working with. Remove all furniture and outdoor decor from your deck. Inspect it for signs of fading, wear, and damage. Put aside anything that can be repainted, repaired, or cleaned and discard anything that didn’t make it through the winter in good enough shape.
Restore and Repair
Clean anything in the salvageable pile including wiping down hard surfaces, power-washing outdoor rugs, and machine-washing cushion covers. Make any minor repairs needed like tightening screws.
Swab the Deck
To truly restore the look of your deck, it is time to clean the surface more in-depth to remove dust, pollen, etc. For this, use a fan-tipped power washer on a low setting. The setting will depend on the material of your deck so be sure to check your manufacturer’s directions. If you feel uneasy about using a power washer, a large scrub brush with a mixture of 1 cup vinegar to 1 gallon water should do the job nicely. Rinse the solution off with a hose and let air dry.
Once you’re done, replace everything that was restored and repaired and figure out what small details would make the space special.
Unfortunately, if your deck is older, it may need more than a good cleaning to be safe and look beautiful. If it’s time for you to think about replacing your deck, speak to a Fairview Millwork and Kitchens sales representative who can help you find the best material, colors, and amount for your project and budget.