If you’ve recently made the smart choice of extending and bringing you indoors outside with a trendy decking as part of a wooden log, garden room, wooden office, timber-made shed, veranda or BBQ gazebo, then, most certainly, you will want to learn how best to maintain it and keep it clean without using a pressure washer.
However, the wooden surface will inevitably suffer spillages, dust accumulation, water stains and general adverse effects caused by the elements unless you have good decorative, liquid wood preserving stain. It’s also possible for your deck to show signs of mildew and mould growth during wet seasons and if positioned in the shade.
On that note, if you don’t have a high-pressure washing machine, then, the task of keeping your exterior flooring may somewhat dishearten as you prepare your deck or shed for the summer you well before you even attempt to do the cleaning job.
But relax, because today, at Summer House 24 we share with you some tips on how to clean a deck without a power washer.
Well, there are several cleaning methods, suitable for wooden deckings, which involve the use of different products, easily accessible online or at your local store. And instead of investing in or hiring a high-pressure cleaning machine, you can resort to your good old garden hose and attach a nozzle sprayer to its end. To agitate hard-to-clean marks and stains, as well as clean in between the floorboards, don’t forget to use a stiff brush or a broom.
Below, we list some effective cleaning solutions, you can choose from, depending on how dirty your outdoor timber floor surface is.
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So, if your wood decking suffers from mould spots, consider using such type of products.
This is an easy-to-make DIY cleaning solution for your decking if the surface is just generally dirty and doesn’t have stubborn stains. You can use any all-purpose washing product, including a laundry powdered detergent.
Another mould and mildew removal solution can be quickly concocted by mixing 1 part of food-grade hydrogen peroxide with 2 parts of water to make about 4 litres.
The result will be an extra-strength cleaning mixture, which will successfully dissolve grime and mould.
If you need to apply a heavy-duty cleaner to remove stubborn marks and dirt build-up from your deck, mix about 3 litres of water, a cup of oxygen bleach and a cup of TSP (trisodium phosphate)
Note: Oxygen bleach is a safer alternative to bleach, which is a hydrogen peroxide-based substance that won’t cause damage to the wood surface if you don’t leave the solution to sit for over 10 minutes.
You can’t go wrong if you clean your deck with a purposely made product.
There are several excellent wood maintenance products available in the UK. Shop around and go for proven extra-strong formulas and wood deck cleaners. Then follow closely all manufacturer instructions on effectively removing mould, dirt, and algae off your deck!
Just as an example, products, such as Ronseal DC Decking Cleaner or Pro-Kleen Decking Cleaner have received stellar reviews and won’t break the bank.
Now that we’ve described some of the proven and most effective solutions for cleaning your deck, let’s see what the best approach is and the steps to clean a deck without a power washer.
For an easy time and effective results, we asked the Fantastic professional jet power pressure washing company for the following tips to clean your deck the DIY way:
Finally, let’s explore the most effective and safe approach if you want to restore the shiny clean state of your composite or plastic decking and don’t own high-pressure washing equipment.
Once your wooden deck is fresh and clean, it’s time to ennoble your outdoor area.
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To clean a wooden deck without using a pressure washer can be difficult but not impossible. Make sure you are well-prepared with both time, DIY ingredients, and off-the-shelf products, and get down to scrub and rinse!