Deck Maintenance by Matthews' Painting
Jan 1, 2012 by Jason Matthews
With the number of decks Matthews Painting has pressure washed and stained over the years, many of our clients are unaware of these 4 simple deck maintenance procedures that they can perform themselves to prolong the look and protection of their porch floor or deck.
1. Using a product like Simple Green and Hot water, simply mop your deck floor, stairs, and top of the railing each Spring and Fall, then rinse gently with your garden hose. If you notice black mildew forming on your deck, use 1 cup of bleach in 1 gallon of hot water, and use a pump garden sprayer to mist the deck down. Work small sections at a time and rinse after the bleach solution has remained on the surface 5 minutes. Do not allow the bleach solution to dry on the deck. It is best to apply the bleach solution on a shady or cool day. (If black mildew does not go away, increase the bleach concentrate or leave the solution on a few minutes longer)
2. Do not slide your deck furniture, table, grill, pots or any other heavy items on your deck. If you have to slide deck furniture, adhere plastic knobs or feet onto the bottom of the legs using a 2 part epoxy.
3. Occasionally move flower pots or rugs to a different area of the deck so that the deck area underneath can dry out.
4. When there is heavy snow fall, use a PLASTIC shovel only to remove most of the snow off of the deck. This will reduce the amount of weight on the deck and the snow will melt quicker allowing the deck to dry out. Do not attempt to remove all the snow, or you will start to scrape away the finish on the deck. Never use a metal shovel.
For more information contact us or call 574-834-3575
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