Keep your deck in tip-top shape by removing the dirt and grime. Learn how to clean a deck with just 2 natural ingredients. This is how to clean a deck without a power washer and perfect to do before you apply a new coat of stain.
After the weather of fall and winter, it’s important to clean the deck. It’s really simple to remove the dirt and grime from your back deck. In this post, I’m going to show you how to clean a deck.
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How to clean a deck
Cleaning your deck will help in so many different ways.
- It’ll save you money
- Lengthen the life of your deck
- Make it safe to walk on
The good news is, cleaning the deck will cost you under $10 and you probably have the supplies at home.
The supplies you need to clean a deck are:
- Baking Soda
- Scrub Brush
- Hose with sprayer
Step 1 Clear the debris
The first thing I did was cleared off the deck. Since it was January the deck was pretty much empty. Our furniture and BBQ were packed away so they were clear of the elements.
The deck started turning a green color. Which made it slippery and dangerous to walk on. The entire deck was covered in this green slimy film.
Step 2 Spray the deck
Once the deck was clear, I hosed down the deck making sure the deck was wet.
Step 3 Work in section
Then, working in sections I sprinkled some baking soda. Using a scrub brush start scrubbing to remove the dirt and grime.
I found that if I didn’t work in sections the baking soda would dissolve and be washed away when I rinsed the sections.
The other great thing I found working in sections is I could see how nice and cleaned the deck looked.
As you can see, the scrubbing really helped remove the green film quickly.
You can also see the wood going back to its “normal” color.
Step 4 Rinse the deck
With a little bit of time and elbow grease, I was able to remove the green slime from my deck. Finish this process by rinsing the deck. Sometimes you may need to repeat the process for more stuck on dirt and grime.
By removing the dirt and grime from the deck I was able to make a safe surface to walk on. I was also prepping my deck for staining and sealing.
When should you clean your deck?
You’ll want to clean your deck before you want to apply stain or a fresh seal. If you live in the pacific northwest like I do you may want to do this yearly.
This might not be something that needs to be done in all climates but if your area gets a lot of rain then this is probably a good idea.