May maintenance: Decks, Sprinklers
Because decks are exposed to the elements all year round, it’s a good idea to establish a routine of upkeep that will protect your deck and prevent expensive repairs.
Remove debris from between deck boards using a putty knife. Pay special attention to the areas where deck boards cross the joists (the structural members underneath the decking). Thoroughly sweep the deck.
Protect all shrubs and landscaping. Wet them and cover them with plastic sheeting.
Choose an appropriate cleanser: wood deck – use a standard deck cleaner and follow its directions. Composite deck – use a cleaner specifically formulated for composite material. Vinyl deck: You will only need to use warm water and a mild soap to remove mold, mildew, and dirt.
Choose a cloudy day when the decking is cool and the sun won’t evaporate the cleaner. Do not use a pressure washer on a composite deck – it can permanently damage the decking.
Wait two days to let the deck dry before sealing. Choose a two-day period when you will have clear skies and moderate temperatures. Lightly sand the deck with 80-grit paper to remove any furriness caused by washing. Replace any missing or popped nails and screws; if a nail only protrudes, you may do more harm than good trying to pull it out – pound it home. Apply the sealer or stain as suggested by the manufacturer.