Spring is nearly here, and family gatherings are in the near future. Have you given thought to what your patio or dock looks like? Is it a gray dull looking color or maybe it has black spots of mold lurking around. Here are some simple tips for the do it yourselfers to spring clean your natural wood deck or dock for family fun.
For natural wood decking or also known as pressure treated decking, we recommend first sweeping the decking to remove any loose debris. Next spray the wood thoroughly with a garden hose to rise it off. If you do not own a pressure washer, make a solution, using a standard sized bucket of hot water to 1 cup of powdered oxygen bleach, stir until dissolved, and then let it sit for 5 minutes to activate. Saturate the deck by pouring the solution onto it directly, or using a spray bottle. Let the solution sit on the decking for at least 10 minutes, followed by using a long handled stiff bristled scrub brush or push broom to scrub the decking before rinsing it off completely.
The other option would be to pressure wash the decking. To prepare decking, first sweep to remove any loose debris. Then set up the pressure washer -be sure to use a 2‘or 3’ wide stream, holding the nozzle at least 2’ from the deck surface, swinging the wand back and forth like a pendulum. Make sure not to focus on one spot for too long to ensure you do not gouge the wood. For tough stains, it is recommended to use the previously mentioned solution.
If this seems too time consuming, please don’t hesitate to give Anchor Boatlifts a call so we can schedule your appointment.