Summer is in full swing meaning celebrations, family and spending as much time outdoors as possible.
If you have a deck or patio chances are it’s getting lots of use right now and you want it looking top notch for family and visitors.
Most people neglect their deck over the cooler months, meaning by summer rain, humidity and debris build-up have taken their toll.
Luckily this week’s blog post features tips from the experts at Hire A Hubby for ensuring your deck looks fantastic all summer long.
1. Get down and scrub
For the best and most thorough clean it is necessary to hand scrub the deck. It’s as mundane as it sounds but the end result will be well worth the effort. Combine elbow grease with a good deck cleaner for best results.
2. Choose a cleaner, stick with it and follow the instructions
It’s important to keep track of what deck cleaner you use each time you clean. It’s best to always use the same brand and type of deck cleaner as this allows the product to work more effectively and lowers the chances of flaking and peeling. Once you’ve found a cleaner you’re comfortable with, ensure you follow the label instructions to the letter, as incorrect application of cleaner can damage your deck.
3. It’s hot and sunny, a perfect day to clean the deck right? Wrong
The best time to work on the deck is in the morning or early evening as sun exposure can cause the deck cleaner to either dry out too early or burn into the deck.
4. I’ve scrubbed and cleaned, but the deck still looks shabby
If you’ve scrubbed and applied deck cleaner but the deck still looks worse for wear then it’s time to go one step further and use a stain and finish remover. This will help to remove the dirt and sealer remnants that just won’t seem to budge. Remember though, once completed you will have stripped your deck back to the bare timber, leaving it open to weather damage and mildew, which brings us to step 5.
5. Apply a new stain and sealant
Once your deck is clean, dry and free of dust you can apply your new stain. Once again choose a colour and brand you are comfortable with (preferably one used previously on your deck.) Be sure to follow all label instructions as closely as possible and try to go for a staining treatment which offers both U.V protection and Mildewcide.
6. Don’t neglect your deck for the rest of the year
The simple act of sweeping your deck throughout the year can prolong its life and improve its appearance. You wouldn’t leave leaves and dirt in your pool and the same goes for your deck. Natural debris holds water and leaving it on your deck will lead to timber rot and mildew.
7. If in doubt, talk to the experts
If you’re still stuck or you simply don’t have the time to give your deck the attention it deserves, don’t panic, your local Hire A Hubby can help. Every Hire A Hubby team member is expertly trained in deck maintenance and can help restore your outdoor area to mint condition.
Find out more about Hire A Hubby property maintenance services by visiting our website www.hireahubby.com.au or call us on 1800 803 339.