Performing proper deck maintenance during the year helps your deck last for years or even decades. As winter nears, it's important to treat your deck so it can endure the snow and ice ahead.
Everyday tips include; shoveling with the grain of the wood to avoid cuts and scratches and stripping away any unwanted or deteriorated finishes before applying new finish, stain, and water repellant to protect during the winter. Here are a few additional tips to help you prepare your deck for a cold winter:
- Remove all of the dirt and debris from your deck. Sweep away the leaves, branches and anything else that's accumulated over the spring and summer. Dirt build-up causes standing water and other moisture to stay on top of the deck. Without proper draining, the standing water can harm the wood.
- Get rid of mildew. Several commercial products are available to treat mildew stains but you can also make one yourself. Using a garden sprayer, mix three quarts of water, one quart of oxygen bleach, and a quarter cup of ammonia-free liquid dishwashing soap. Apply to the mildew stain for roughly ten minutes and allow it to soak in before washing off the solution.
- If you have garden pots on your deck it's best to move them during the winter season. As pots sit directly on the surface and snow and ice accumulate around them the moisture inside the pot never has a chance to evaporate or drain causing stains on your deck. If you don't want to move these pots elsewhere place a piece of wood two feet by two feet under the pot so it has room to adequately drain.
For more deck prep tips contact your local ProTect Painters and ask how they can help you get your deck prepared for the cold winter ahead.