Spring Clean Your Deck Without Damaging It

Which methods are best to clean and protect your deck without damaging it? Pressure washing vs. chemical cleaners, chlorine bleach vs. oxygen bleach, staining vs. sealing, water vs. oil based?
Spring is almost over and it’s time to get your deck ready for the summer! But how do you clean your deck without hurting it? Here are a few way to get your deck ready for the summer without causing damage:


The first step is to clear your entire deck. Clear the deck of any furniture, rugs, grills, planters, etc. Don’t be tempted to try to work around your BBQ or table, move it all off your deck.

Next, remove any nearby vegetation that is growing onto your deck, like tree branches, vines, or bushes. Then, sweep off any remaining debris, leaves, and branches with a broom (leaving organic materials on your deck traps moisture and can cause wood rot).

Finally, use a putty knife to “floss” out any debris between the deck boards to promote water flow and prevent wood rot.


Once your deck is cleared, you need to inspect your deck for any damage.

Check the decking for any loose or raised boards, splintered boards, or raised nails. Replace any bad boards and replace any raised nails with a larger nail or screw to get more of a “bite” into the deck frame. Check the deck railing for any loose posts, caps, rails, or balusters. If you see any signs of damage, replace or repair the problem areas.

Composite decking and hand rails may not require as much maintenance as a traditional wood decking, but you still want to inspect the support structure below. Bounce up and down on the deck and see if the structure seems weakened. Look underneath your deck for any loose lag bolts, deck fasteners, or wood rot. If you see any structural damage, contact a professional deck builder to make repairs before using your deck.


After repairing your deck, you need to wash it clean of any dirt and mildew. But how should you wash your deck to avoid damaging it?