Throughout winter, your garden can experience some harsh weather conditions. From heavy snow, strong winds and torrential rain to the freezing temperatures that come and go over the course of the winter months your garden goes through many different stages that can result in it becoming messy and in need of some TLC. Your decking is one area of the garden that will require some close attention before you can enjoy it when the warmer months arrive. Here are some tips on how to revive your decking ready for spring/summer!
Before you start to clean your decking, you need to prepare it properly by removing any items that may prevent you from giving it a good, deep clean. If you have furniture on your decking it’s best to move this until the decking is properly clean and dry. If you have items that can’t be moved from the decking, cover them with a sheet to prevent any product transferring onto them throughout the cleaning process. Once your decking is clear, sweep the whole surface area to remove any loose dirt or debris that may have accumulated over the months, as this will make it easier to wash down afterwards.
Rinse It Down
Now your decking is clear of any furniture or miscellaneous items, you can rinse your decking down to remove any loose dirt. If you have a pressure washer, rinse down the surface starting at one side and finishing at the other. This will remove any grime or dirt that has gathered, making the next stage of the cleaning much easier.
Once you have removed any loose dirt or grime from the decking’s surface you can focus on giving it a thorough, deep clean. There are so many benefits to giving your decking a deep clean before the warmer months arrive. Not only are you making the area safer, as it can become very slippery when grime settles on the top, but you are also preventing any dirt from setting onto the wood and seeping into the wooden grain, which can be very difficult to remove. Start at one end of your decking and apply a commercial cleaner to the wood. Using a stiff-bristled brush, brush this cleaner into the wooden decking to cover the surface and begin to work on removing the dirt. Once you’re satisfied that the area is clean, rinse down the decking with a hose, as this will apply plenty of pressure to remove any stubborn sections of dirt.
Algae is a common issue with decking, especially after winter. If you have found algae growing on your decking over the winter, now is the time to remove it before it grows any more. Create a bleach solution made up of one part bleach, and four parts water. The bleach will help kill off the algae and prevent any from growing there in the future. Remember to wash this area down thoroughly however, as you don’t want to have any bleach residue left when it comes to using your decking in the future.
Sealing the Decking
After allowing your wooden decking to dry completely, you can then focus on protecting by adding a sealant. If you feel your decking needs an additional coat of paint to revive the material, apply this before adding any sealant. When it comes to the sealing of the decking, choose a sealant that is suitable for your garden, taking weather conditions and temperatures into consideration. Applying a sealant to your decking will help protect the material from daily wear and tear, as well as preventing any warping of the wood or discolouration.