How to Clean a Deck With Oxygen Bleach
Cleaning the deck used to require a lot of back-breaking work. Scrubbing, rinsing and scrubbing over again would be time-consuming and exhausting. Oxygen bleach cleaner takes most of the scrubbing out of this outdoor cleaning job. Whether it's an annual clean or preparation for surface refinishing, the effervescent action of the oxygen bleach measurably cuts down on the cleaning time.
Remove all items from the deck. Clear away any items near the deck that should not get wet.
Mix 1 cup of oxygen bleach cleaner with one bucket of water. Spray the deck with water. Pour a small amount of the cleaning mixture evenly over the deck. Apply a layer of the oxygen bleach mixture onto the railings with a small scrub brush. Let the mixture sit on the surface for a few minutes.
Scrub the deck floor with a kitchen broom. Scrub the railings with the small scrub brush. Apply more cleaning solution to heavily stained or soiled areas. Let the liquid sit a few more minutes. Scrub the area again.
Rinse the deck with a garden hose. Let the deck dry for four or five hours. Test the water-repellant quality by dripping water on the dried deck boards. If the water beads, the seal is fine. If the water soaks in, apply a coat of decking sealant. Roll or spray on the sealant. Allow the product the recommended drying time before using the deck.
Things You Will Need
- Oxygen bleach cleaner
- Scrub brush
- Garden hose
- Deck sealant (if needed)
- Paint sprayer or roller
- Treated wood needs resealing more often than untreated wood. Askthebuilder.com offers information regarding the importance of frequently sealing a wood deck treated with CCA, or copper, chromium and arsenic.
- Wear safety glasses when working with chemicals to avoid being splashed in the eyes.