A deck adds considerable aesthetic, financial, and entertainment value to a home. However, as with any other part of the house, its value is contingent upon its maintenance and appearance. It is therefore essential to invest in keeping your deck looking clean and new so you can get the most out of your investment.
Here, we list some of the things you can do to keep your deck looking clean:
Avoid The Grease
Grease stains are notorious for being among the most difficult-to-remove stains. So if you have a grill on your deck, invest in a grease catcher and keep your deck from amassing blob-like stains all over.
Keep The Dirt Away
While dirt is to be expected to a certain extent, it is important to avoid as much dirt from being trapped as possible. So if you have flower pots on your deck, make sure you keep them on cement slabs to prevent from moist dirt getting trapped on to your deck which can cause damage and staining, compromising the look of your deck.
Clean Up Messes As They Happen
Keep wipes or a furniture cleaner at hand. Whatever spills or accidents happen, blot and wipe them away immediately. The longer the stain is left on, the harder it will be to get rid of it and the less likely it will be to get rid of it completely.
Develop A Cleaning Routine
It seems logical to suggest that, to keep the deck looking clean, you need to clean the deck on a routine basis. Establish a routine for how you want to go about cleaning it. It is ideal to try and sweep up the dirt, debris, and dead leaves at least once a week. You might want to properly clean your deck perhaps once a season. This cleaning should involve a good non-toxic deck cleaner, a brush with stiff bristles that can deep-clean, and pressure washing to properly wash away the cleaner after the job is done.
Shovel Off The Snow Pronto
If it snows where you live then be sure to shovel the snow off the deck as soon as possible.
Keep The Deck’s Surroundings Clean
The trees, bushes, and shrubs that are too close to your deck will leave a lot of debris in its corners and around the edges, giving it a messy look and making it more prone to degradation. By trimming them to keep them at least a foot away from the deck can help maintain your deck’s clean look and structural integrity for a longer time.
Have It Cleaned And Sealed Regularly
If you want your deck looking clean for a long time then invest in getting it professionally cleaned and sealed at least every 2 to 3 years. Sealing your deck protects it from the elements of weather, which in turn keeps your deck looking clean and fresh.
Get Repairs Done Quickly
If you procrastinate on fixing some small damages to your deck, it could develop, rather quickly, into a much more serious problem causing irreparable damage to the structure and its appearance. Additionally, even mild damages can give the deck a haggard and messy look. Fixing up the damages would be the ideal way of keeping your custom deck looking clean and sharp.