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Spring Deck Maintenance

Spring is now here, and for many homeowners, that means it’s time to take a good look at what needs done to their wooden decks. You’ll want to be ready for parties, family gatherings, grilling, and enjoying Mother Nature again.

KEEP IT CLEAN: If you plan any maintenance on your deck, clear it of any dirt, mildew, or mold that may have accumulated over the winter. Get a deck cleaner solution. Rinse, scrub in a solution, and rinse. There are numerous cleaners that are compatible with pressure washers or stiff bristle brushes.

FRESHEN UP: If winter took a toll and there is peeling paint or discolored semi-transparent stain on their deck, it’s time to re-coat it. You might need a deck stripper and wood brightener depending on your coating, and the current condition of it.

GET READY FOR A FACELIFT: If it’s heavily-worn or damaged you might just need to get a deck resurfacer coating. These thick coatings can help delay replacing the deck altogether, when cleaning and brightening aren’t enough. An example is the Cabot “Deck Correct,” which is like a paint, but designed to be used on decks. Cabot offers several different colors

DON’T WAIT: You’ll be glad you took care of your projects during spring, before the heat of the summer arrives, and humidity increases.

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Dave Noelke