Leaves, mildew, food, grease, debris – these are just a few staining agents that often wreak havoc on decks.
Leaves, mildew, food, grease, debris – these are just a few staining agents that often wreak havoc on decks. Decks are the launching pads for outdoor fun. They are no stranger to wayward footballs and barbeque sauce, muddy shoes and a thick layer of leaves and snow. It seems no time at all before a deck loses its new, reflective luster and stains begin to take over.
There is no real uniform answer for removing stains from decks. Household cleaners, mineral spirits, and professionally-made deck cleaners can all have a role in stain removal. But the first and most important thing to do is keep the deck as clean as possible. Sweep it regularly. Hose it off with a garden hose for starters. Try to get dirt and debris out from the gaps between deck boards to ensure that water is running off the deck. Out of standing water comes rot, mildew, and an unwanted home improvement project.
If it's too late for preventative methods and stains already abound, then the following tips should help get to the bottom of things.
NOTE: Always Be Safe! Wear rubber gloves and wear safety goggles if you will be working close to the surface (i.e., hand-scrubbing).
Let's say you really want to just remove that old deck stain that you just don't like anymore. Here's stain removal in a different sense of the phrase, but with a similar solution. In this case, apply some water-based deck stripper to remove the majority of the old stain. Then pressure wash the entire deck with a high-powered washer. Finally, use an orbital sander (80-100 grit paper) to take off the rest of the finish and re-stain.
Do you feel a bit defeated, short on time or "up against it" when you look out at your roughed-up deck? Why not get a free estimate from local, pre-screened contractor?
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