As the leaves begin to fall in Maryland, one can enjoy the beauty of the autumn leaves strewn in abstract patterns across the ground. Beware, though, that leaving these leaves on surfaces such as a wood deck can stain them. Staining can also happen with pine needles left on deck. If you are facing some hard-set leaf stains, here are several ways to remove them from your wood deck.
Detergent & Water
One should look to go with the mildest cleaning method possible before trying out a strong, harsh solution. The first way to remove leaf stains is to use some kind of soap and water, such as dish detergent or laundry detergent. Scrub the solution onto the wood with a stiff-bristle brush, and rinse.
Ammonia & Water
With one cup of ammonia and a gallon of warm water mixed together, you will have your next-strongest solution. Some people are wary about ammonia, since it might possibly damage the wood sealant. Otherwise, ammonia is safe for wood.
Experts say that chlorine bleach is toxic to the environment. Need an alternative? Look up oxygen bleach. With a cup of this chemical combined with a gallon of warm water, you can scrub away at deeper leaf stains safely. You also don’t have to worry about the bleach removing color from your clothing.
Tri-Sodium Phosphate, also known as TSP, is another popular solution for deep-set stains and is available at local home improvement stores in Maryland. One of its benefits is that it does not hurt plants, so excess splashes won’t ruin your lawn or garden.
Deck Tannin Cleaner
Another option for troubling leaf stains is a commercial deck cleaner. You might find a product by looking up “deck tannin cleaner.” Tannin is the residue that leaches from fall leaves and pine needles and sticks to the deck. You may need to rent a powerwasher to use this kind of product.
After finding a solution to remove leaf stains from your deck, you can next take measures to keep it from reoccuring, at least not severely. Leaves and needles are most likely to stain surfaces when it rains or snows. The best way to avoid the elements getting their way is to sweep off the leaves regularly and seal your deck as recommended.
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