How to Get Your Deck Ready for Spring
LEAH: Hi everybody, I’m Leah of See Jane Drill. Now, I’ve got to tell you, it’s the time of the year when we’re thinking about spring cleaning. And spring cleaning, well it’s not just limited to the inside. But you’ll want to do some spring cleaning on the outside as well.
LEAH: Now take, for instance, the deck here. This is a perfect example of an area that needs a little spring cleaning attention. We’re going to show you how to do it.
LEAH: Now you want to start off by cleaning the deck of debris. So, a good sweeping first.
LEAH: Now next make certain that you clean between the boards, because as you can see, debris tends to collect here as well. Now what I’m going to do is I’m just going to clean out the area. Now what you want to do is make certain that you continue on with the rest of the deck.
LEAH: Next, take a leaf blower and blow away the debris.
LEAH: Now it’s time for the cleaning part of the process, I’ve selected a cleaner that’s hydrogen peroxide-based. What I like about it is, and this could be a consideration for you as well, it’s good for wood and composite and vinyl. Beyond that, it’s safe for the environment, so if you have shrubbery or flowering beds that you’re concerned about, you’ll want to consider a cleaner that takes those kinds of things into consideration.
LEAH: Now what you’ll want to do is apply the cleaner in accordance with the instructions on the bottle, right? In our case, we’re going to be applying it with a stiff bristle brush.
LEAH: Now for tight areas, you might want to use a smaller brush.
LEAH: Now it’s time to rinse.
LEAH: Now once you’ve scrubbed the deck and the railings, and you’ve rinsed it off, now it’s time for Mother Nature to do her job, and allow the deck to dry completely before putting a sealer on. And it may take up to 48 hours.
LEAH: Now that the deck has been cleaned, it’s had a couple of days to dry out in the sun. Now what we’re going to do next is apply the stain and sealer. I’m using an all-in-one here. Now what I like about this particular stain and sealer, beyond it being all-in-one, is that it washes up with water.
LEAH: Now our stain and sealer can be applied by a roller, a brush, a spray applicator, or even a paint pad. Now what we’re going to use is we’re going to use a roller and a brush.
LEAH: Now before you get started, it’s a good idea to inspect your deck before you apply the stain sealer. Look for loose boards that need to be renailed, or even nails that are popping out that need to be hammered in.
LEAH: In addition, you’ll want to read the manufacturer’s instructions. You’ll want to know things like whether or not the product cleans up with just water. You know, products vary, so make certain that you read the instructions that accompany your stain sealer.
LEAH: Now with just a little elbow grease, you can get your outside living space, your deck, ready for the warmer months ahead. This is Leah, saying: “You, can do this.” See you next time.