Days are getting longer, temperatures are rising. Most of us spend a lot of time outside. Depending on where you live, Winter can take a toll on your outdoor spaces. Today I am sharing tips on how to Spring clean your deck so you can start spending time outdoors enjoying it.
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So are you ready to get your outdoor deck space ready for the Spring & Summer seasons? Read on to find out just how you can Spring clean your deck in 7 really simple steps.
There is no best time to start cleaning your deck because it really depends on the weather where you live. In PA, we have 5 stages of Spring that alternate with what I call “Winter never leaves” cycles. Generally I start a few days after calendar Spring, but I need to realize that we can still have snowfall in April.
Yuck. Just yuck.
So you need to determine a time that works for your schedule and your weather pattern.
You don’t need much to Spring clean your deck. Here are the products I used to complete this project:
It doesn’t take many tools to Spring clean your deck, so once you have them all together, it is time to get started. Don’t over think cleaning your deck, and don’t feel like you need to purchase all the fancy products out there. Less is more, and that includes cleaning your outside space.
Step 1: Clear off your deck. For some reason, I forgot to winterize our deck for the Winter months. So I had all this junk thrown on our deck for the entire season.
As you can see, it was a complete disaster! I will definitely not make that mistake this year. Oh, if you notice, one of my cats is supervising my cleaning endeavors. He loves having the door open when the weather is nice.
Step 2: Thoroughly sweep your deck clean of leaves and other debris. If you have composite decking like we do, you don’t want to take the chance of it getting scratched or damaged. So take the time now to sweep off all that junk.
So this is what our deck looked liked before sweeping. And this is how it was after I gave it a good sweeping with a soft broom.
Step 3: Wet down your deck with a hose to rinse off any remaining debris. This is really important because once you start scrubbing with your deck brush, you want to be doubly sure you don’t scratch or damage anything.
Step 4: Fill your bucket with warm, soapy water & start scrubbing. When you have composite decking, you need to be careful what you use on it. If you want, there are specialized composite deck cleaners you can purchase. They are great, but generally expensive. I recommend using Dawn detergent. It is safe to use on all surfaces, and is a lot more budget-friendly.
Step 5: Thoroughly rinse off your deck again. It is really important to rinse your deck to get rid of all the cleaner. You don’t want to leave a film or make the deck slippery with leftover detergent. Let your deck dry completely.
Step 6: Time to scrub your outdoor furniture. While your deck is drying, turn your attention to all the things that you will be putting back on your deck. I started with rinsing off our outdoor rug, scrubbing it with detergent & the scrub brush, giving it a good rinse, and then hanging it on the line to dry.
Next I scrubbed down our patio chairs and gave them a good rinsing. They tend to get pretty grimy when setting out in the elements. I really need to get some furniture covers this year.
While the chairs were drying, I took the time to scrub our patio table. We accidently left the lock from our old shed on the table, and the snow rusted the heck out of it and it stained the table. So I took the time to scrub that with a scrubbing sponge and detergent. I was able to get most of it off.
Step 7: Put your deck space back together. Once everything is dry, put everything back on the deck area. One of the things I am working on is to get a deck storage box to put our new cushions in. But here is what our clean and organized deck space looks like:
Spring cleaning your deck doesn’t need to be a stressful endeavor. Take some time to plan it out before starting, gather your supplies ahead of time, and then enjoy the sunshine while you are cleaning. Your deck will be squeaky clean and ready to go for the Summer season! Did you enjoy this post? I have a few more Spring cleaning posts that you will find useful.