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How to Clean a Wood Deck

Many homeowners have to clean their wood decks annually. If decks aren't cleaned when they are dirty, the homeowner may have problems with rotting or splitting on their deck which may shorten the life span of their wood deck. Although this annual chore may be tedious for most, the equipment needed is minimal and are items you may even have in the garage already.

Clear and remove all items off your deck.

Mix the oxygen bleach and warm water together in a bucket. The ratio should be six ounces of bleach to each gallon of water. Use the toilet brush to stir the mixture and to help dissolve the bleach powder in the water.

Place the mixture into a standard sprayer. Spray the deck generously with the bleach mixture and let sit for at least fifteen minutes before scrubbing.

Scrub the wood deck with a stiff brush and use the toilet brush around the railings.

Rinse the area you have scrubbed with water.

Things You Will Need

  • bucket
  • standard pump sprayer
  • scrub brush with a pole attachment
  • toilet brush
  • bottle brush
  • hand scrub brush
  • measuring cup
  • oxygen bleach
  • water

Tip

  • Seal the deck to increase the time needed between cleanings. Sealed decks will not need to be cleaned as often as unsealed decks.

Warning

  • Keep the oxygen bleach away from small children.

About the Author

A journalism graduate from Temple University, Saylor Connors has been a contributing food and travel editor to a digital media company for the past five years. Today, with her husband, a commercial pilot, Connors travels the world and teaches international cooking classes in her spare time.