Spring Cleaning Your Deck – Think About a Gutter Guard, Too

Is cleaning your deck or refurbishing it on your list of spring cleaning chores? Spring is an excellent time for cleaning your deck, after the danger of frost has passed but before the heat of the summer starts. (Washing a deck in hot weather can stress the wood).  And if you’ve had your deck for a few years but never got round to waterproofing it, chances are that the deck is looking quite a bit battered by now. You probably hoped that whatever the wood had been treated with would protect it–but you can see that your deck has suffered from being outdoors.

Waterproofing a new deck is like writing down the serial number of a new TV — something we know we’re supposed to do but sometimes don’t get around to doing.  We get it–your life is crazy, you’re working overtime, or on the road 40 weeks a year, and sometimes chores just don’t get done.  But now’s a good time to get organized, deal with cleaning your  deck, assess if water damage is affecting the wood, and decide whether strategies like sealing the deck and installing gutter covers can help protect your deck. These tips may help:

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Cleaning Your Deck Tips

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    Take proper care when spring cleaning your deck.

    Remove all loose items from the deck, including any plants in pots;

  • Cover any plants growing around the deck.
  • Sweep the deck and remove any debris trapped between the boards.
  • Use a garden hose to wash away loose dirt. If you’re using a power washer, don’t hold the washer nozzle too close to the deck. Holding it against the deck may gouge the wood.
  • Use a broom or stiff-handled brush to scrub the deck. Several commercial cleaners are available, but you may be able to get just as good results with a solution of laundry detergent and water.
  • Wash down the deck with the hose or pressure washer to get rid off all traces of the cleaner.
  • Allow the deck to dry completely — this may take 2 or 3 days.
  • Seal the deck to protect the wood and reduce the amount of cleaning you will have to do in the future.

If your deck has mold, mildew and/or algae is attacking it, cleaning your deck will take more work.

  • Bleach is a good choice to remove mold, mildew or algae. However, it’s better to use an oxygen bleach like Stain Solver rather than than chlorine bleach to reduce the risk of discoloring the wood.
  • Use gloves to protect your hands, and be careful not to spill bleach on any plants.
  • If the growth on the deck is well-established, let the bleach solution sit on the wood for ten minutes before you scrub it off.
  • If growth remains, it may be necessary to repeat the process.
  • Rinse the deck thoroughly to get rid of any traces of bleach. Allow the deck to dry thoroughly before sealing it.

If you have to remove mold, mildew or algae while cleaning your deck, that could be a red flag for gutter problems. And let’s be honest, if you’ve been too busy for deck cleaning, it’s possible that you’ve put off gutter cleaning as well. Gutters need to be cleaned frequently in the spring and fall, as well as after heavy storms. It’s a messy job that takes precious time that you just don’t have, and it’s easy to put this chore off.

A gutter clog can be like a dental cavity — the problem may be developing quietly out of sight while you continue to chew candy with no twinges of pain. But gutters that are slowly getting choked by debris are putting your house at risk for water damage problems. Mold on the deck is a comparatively minor inconvenience. Water behind your walls, flooded basements, weakened foundations, peeling paint, damp insulation in your attic — these are all water damage issues that can be very costly and painful to fix.

As you’re cleaning your deck, think about whether it makes sense to stop water damage problems from happening in the first place. MasterShield’s self-cleaning gutter protection system will take the nasty task of gutter cleaning off your too-long To Do list forever. MasterShield can’t clean the deck for you–but it can make the job easier in years to come. And your home will be protected from gutter clogs that would make your busy life a lot more complicated than it should be. We guarantee our product–and we guarantee it will help to make you feel more organized this spring.

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