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Article by Michael A / June 5th, 2023

How to Clean Between Deck Boards

Have you noticed stubborn dirt and debris collecting between the boards of your deck? It’s a common problem that can detract from the overall appearance of your outdoor space, leaving you with an unsightly, moldy deck.

Fortunately for you, it’s an easy fix. With just a bit of elbow grease, some common household tools, the right supplies, and a few simple steps, you can easily clean your deck boards and restore your outdoor space to its former glory.

Read on and we’ll l guide you through the cleaning process, as well as give you simple tips and tricks that will leave your deck looking refreshed and revitalized. So, grab your cleaning supplies, and let’s get started on the path to a clean and stunning deck!

Step 1: Gather All The Tools You’ll Need

Before you start cleaning, it’s important to have all the necessary supplies and tools on hand. Gathering these tools will not only make it easier to clean your deck but also help you avoid any potential accidental damage. Here’s a list of items that can come in handy-

  • Putty knife or scraper: The blade is useful for scraping down any debris and dirt that has accumulated between the deck slats over time.
  • Broom: A stiff-bristled broom is useful for sweeping away any loose debris, leaves, or twigs that may have accumulated on the deck in preparation for the cleaning process.
  • Pressure washer (if available): The pressure washer will help you remove stubborn dirt and debris lodged between the deck boards and rinse out the cleaning solution you use.
  • A deck cleaning solution of your choice: A deck cleaning solution can help to remove stains and discoloration that may have developed on the deck over time. Be sure to choose a cleaner that is safe for your particular type of deck material.
  • A Garden hose or bucket of water: You’ll need a water source to rinse off the deck after you have applied the cleaning solution and pressure washed, if necessary. A garden hose is ideal, but you can also use a bucket of water with a scrub brush.
  • Safety equipment: Always wear gloves, goggles, and other protective clothing when using a pressure washer or any cleaning solutions. These protective items will keep you safe and prevent any injury or irritation from the chemicals or debris that may be flying around.

Step 2: Prepare The Deck

Before you start scrubbing or power washing the deck, take a few moments to prepare the surface. Start by removing any furniture, rugs, plants, or other items from the deck to give yourself plenty of room to work with.

Then, use a broom to sweep off any dirt, leaves or debris that may be on the deck. You can also use a blower to blow off hard-to-reach spots and a vacuum to suction any loose dirt or dust that may be lodged between the deck’s planks.

Step 3: Check The Deck Boards For Damage

Once you’ve cleared the deck, carefully inspect each board for signs of rot or damage. If you notice any warped or cracked boards, consider replacing them before you begin cleaning.

Remember to also look out for loose screws and nails, which can cause splinters or other injuries. Tighten the screws and nails as needed to avoid any potential danger.

Step 4: Mix The Cleaning Solution

Using a basket, mix together the recommended cleaning solution according to the directions on the package. Mix in just enough water so that it forms a thick, slurry paste. Most wood deck cleaners require you to add a specific amount of bleach, so make sure you read the instructions carefully before you start mixing.

If you don’t have a cleaning solution, you can make yours at home with dish soap, bleach, and water. Mix one part bleach with three parts water and one part dish soap. For example, if you use one cup of bleach, use three cups of water and one cup of dish soap.

Step 5: Wet The Surface And Apply The Cleaning Solution

Once the solution is ready, use a garden hose or a bucket to wet the wood deck surface. Make sure the entire area is completely wet before applying the cleaning solution. Use a mop or brush to spread the mixture over the deck boards and post, paying attention to corners and crevices.

Allow the mixture to sit for 15 to 20 minutes so that it can penetrate and break down the dirt, grime, algae, and mildew.

Step 6: Scrub The Surface

After the cleaning solution has had time to set, use a stiff-bristled brush to scrub the deck boards and posts. Work in smaller sections, gently scrubbing until the surface is clean. Remember to clean the decking grooves with a stiff brush and soapy water, especially since dirt and mold can quickly accumulate in these areas. Once you’ve finished scrubbing, use a garden hose to rinse off any remaining solution or debris. Repeat this step until all the dirt and grime have been removed from the wood deck.

Step 7: Use The Putty Knife Or Screw-in Hook To Scrape between The Deck Boards

The cleaning solution will loosen up any dirt and debris stuck between the deck slats. Using a putty knife or a scraper, get between the boards and scrap away any dirt, grime, and gunk that has built up over time.

Remember to be gentle when scraping, as you don’t want to damage the boards. If the spaces between the boards are too narrow for your putty knife or scraper, use a circular power saw to widen them. Set your saw’s blade depth to the same thickness as your boards and carefully run the saw between each board.

Step 8: Use The Pressure Washer

Finally, it’s time to give the deck a good scrubbing. Pressure washers are ideal for this task as they can blast away any remaining dirt and grime built up on the deck over time. Start with a low-pressure stream to avoid damaging the boards and posts, then slowly increase the pressure as needed. Be sure to keep a safe distance from the wood so you don’t cause any air-pressure damage. When you’re done, rinse off the boards and groove poles with a garden hose and let them dry.

Step 9: Rinse The Whle Deck With Clean Water

Once all the cleaning is done, it’s time to rinse the deck off with clean water. Rinsing will remove any remaining residue or dirt that loosened up during the cleaning process. It’s essential to get all the debris off before any stain or sealant is applied; otherwise, the product won’t adhere properly.

Tips For Maintaining A Clean Deck

Maintaining a clean deck is a lot easier if you do it regularly. Not only is it aesthetically pleasing, but it also helps protect the wood from rot and damage. Here are some tips for keeping your deck clean and looking its best-

  • Regular sweeping: Sweep your deck regularly to remove any debris, leaves, or twigs that may have accumulated on the surface. Such residue can attract mold, mildew, and algae when it gets wet. So, it’s essential to keep them away from your wood.
  • Trim nearby foliage: Trim any nearby foliage or bushes that may be brushing against the deck, as this can cause dirt and debris to accumulate on the surface. The bushes may also rub against the wood, leading to scratches, scrapes, and other damage.
  • Clear out gutters and downspouts: Make sure your gutters and downspouts are clear of any debris, as this can cause water to overflow and pool on your deck, leading to water damage and mold.
  • Clean up spills and stains immediately: Clean up any spills or stains on your deck as soon as they occur to prevent them from setting in and becoming more difficult to remove. Remember, wood is porous and can easily absorb liquids, so the sooner you clean up any messes, the better!
  • Keep it sealed: Applying a sealant to your deck can help prevent moisture and dirt buildup between the boards and protect against sun damage and fading. It also keeps your deck looking great!
  • Use a mat: Place a mat or rug in high-traffic areas to prevent dirt and debris from accumulating on the deck surface. The carpet also plays a vital role in preventing slips and falls by adding more grip to the deck surface.
  • Avoid using harsh chemicals: When cleaning your deck, avoid using harsh chemicals or cleaners that can damage the wood. Instead, use a safe deck cleaner for your particular type of deck material and follow the directions carefully.
  • Use a deck cover when not in use: To protect your deck from damage when it is not being used, consider purchasing a waterproof cover to keep moisture and dirt out. Deck covers can also protect your deck from the sun’s ultraviolet rays, which can cause fading and discoloration.

Let Us Clean Your Deck For You

Your deck is the perfect outdoor space to spend quality time with your family and friends. It also adds value to your home and can be quite costly to repair or replace if it is not taken care of. Practicing good deck maintenance will help ensure your investment holds up and looks great for years to come! 

With the tips above, you can easily keep your deck looking new while ensuring it is safe and structurally sound. Remember, a little bit of preventative care and maintenance can go a long way! However, sometimes it is best to call in the experts. Let us take care of your deck cleaning and maintenance needs with our professional services. Our team of experienced technicians will take care of the job quickly and efficiently, leaving you with a clean, safe deck that will likely last. Contact us today to get started!

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