Deck Cleaning Checklist
Gettin' ready for barbeque weather? It’s time to get out there and sweep,
scrub, and repair your deck for the fun season ahead.
Depending on where you
live, winter may have taken its toll. And now it is time to
clean and maintain your deck.
Algae, mildew, dirt and grit, water stains, rot, peeling paint, and fading
stain are the culprits that give your deck a tired and weather-worn look.
Cleaning Tools you'll need:
- Hand scrub brush or stiff bristle broom
- Garden sprayer
- Pressure washer (optional)
- gloves and goggles
Cleaning agents to use:
- Water mixed with oxygen bleach
- Water mixed with laundry detergent
- Deck cleaner or degreaser
To properly clean your deck without damaging the wood:
- Sweep debris off the surface and scrape gunk from between the floorboards
- Scrub the surface with a stiff bristle brush and solution of oxygen bleach
and water, laundry detergent, or deck cleaner. Use goggles and gloves to protect
eyes and hands.
- If using a bleach/water mixture, make sure the bleach is oxygen based not
- Use a regular garden spray nozzle to rinse the deck and blast debris from
cracks and crevices.
- Use a pressure washer with caution. Pressure washers will remove the dirt but
also a layer of the wood as well, leaving the fibers exposed and "fuzzy"
looking. If you do want to use one, here's an article about the
If it is time to
re-stain your deck, please read this article on
tips to refinish your wood deck.