Your wood deck is a central piece of your landscape as the space of backyard barbecues, summer evenings with friends, and birthday parties for your family. With this, it is crucial to properly maintain your deck and ensure that it lasts for many years to come. Without proper upkeep and maintenance, you could face costly repairs or a necessary deck replacement in the future. Consider these four easy tips for keeping your wood deck clean this fall.
Remove Dirt from the Surface
Particularly if you have planters or hanging baskets on your deck during the summer, your wood deck may need cleaning for the fall. As you wash your deck in the last weeks of summer, be sure to clean under and around your planters to remove any excess dirt left by your flowers from the surface of your deck. If you do not want to leave your planters on the surface of your wood deck, consider placing them over holders that can prevent moisture from becoming trapped in between the bottom of your planter and the surface of your deck. This simple step can also help to avoid wood rot over time.
Sweep Leaves From Your Deck
Sweeping your deck is also an essential part of your deck cleaning routine. Without a regular sweeping, your wood deck could age prematurely or remain dirty from buildup. Sweeping is especially important in the fall when leaves collect on the surface of your deck. This simple step allows you to preserve the longevity of your deck every day. For winter months, it is crucial to shovel and sweep the snow off of your deck as necessary to protect it during colder months.
Beware of Grill Grease
As you enjoy grilling on your wood deck throughout late summer and early fall, be sure to catch any grease to prevent staining. Without a tray beneath your grill, you may find unattractive grease stains left on your deck for years to come. Regular rinses following entertaining will allow you to prevent food stains from setting into the wood.
Seal Your Deck
No matter how old your wood deck is, it should be sealed properly to block out moisture. If it is not correctly sealed, it will absorb moisture from humidity and rain. Over time, swelling and contracting caused by moisture will damage the wood and potentially lead to splitting, cracking, and wood rot.
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