The winter months are almost over and, like it or not, your deck has probably taken a beating. A spring makeover will rejuvenate your deck, and in addition, it can preserve the deck’s long-term health.
One of the greatest benefits of composite decking is that you don’t need to stain it each year. However, your outdoor living space will require a thorough cleaning at least once throughout the year.
Start by cleaning and sweeping away any leaves and refuse. Use a broom or leaf blower to remove debris from the surface and from between boards. Then scrub heavily soiled areas with a deck brush.
If you have outdoor carpets, roll them out and look for any snags in the fibers that pose a walking hazard. Give your deck good spray with a pressured hose. You can use a power washer if it can withstand that pressure. Bring your outdoor furniture out of storage (if you store it elsewhere) or uncover it and wipe it down. If you have teak furniture, it may need to be stained. Then inspect all furniture cushions and pillows for possible mold.
If you decorate with potted plants, scrub the flowerpots with warm water. Be careful not to use soap or chemicals that can harm your plants. Additionally, fill planter boxes with new spring vines and flowers and reduce maintenance by adding water-retention polymers and slow release fertilizer.
Now trim any shrubs and branches that may have started to overhand or grow into pathways or sitting areas. Lastly, do a perimeter check of your entire outdoor living area. Inspect landscape lights for burned out or damaged bulbs, and replace them as necessary.
Most importantly, get out there and enjoy your deck!