By Emeric Eve. Garden Patio. Published at Friday, May 18th, 2018 - 08:25:53 AM.
All decks need maintenance at some point, and this is especially true for wood decks. Because of their natural properties, wood decks are prime targets for surface mold, mildew and discoloration over time. Decks built in a shady backyard or in very humid climates are especially prone to mold and mildew buildup because they rarely dry completely after a rainstorm. If your deck suffers from mold or mildew, there are several ways to restore it to nearly new.
If you have a deck made of plastic or composite materials, the deck can still benefit from a thorough cleaning at least once a year. Composite decks can still harbor mold and mildew because the material is made of wood fibers and plastic. A gentle power washing will help clean it up, but resist using a strong setting on the machine, as you'll likely cause the wood fibers to pill.
When you are laying out an outdoor room, protect your back with a hedge, wall, flower bed or tree, and face out to give yourself a view.
Another method is to use a deck-cleaning product. There are many to choose from, so ask at the store which product is best for the type of deck you have. For wood decks, most contain a bleaching agent that will help loosen debris and lighten the color of the wood.
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