As the days get longer and the weather warms up, many homeowners are headed outside to enjoy a cookout with friends and neighbors. Before getting the patio furniture out of storage, prepare your deck for spring. Here are some of the best ways to clean the deck and make sure it’s safe to use.

Easy Ways to Prepare Your Deck for Spring

Check for Signs of Damage

Inspect the decking boards, fasteners, and supports to prepare the deck. Evaluate all parts of your deck to verify structural safety and determine if repairs need to be made. Wood decks are particularly vulnerable to issues including rot, mold, popped nails and screws, and warped boards. Make repairs before pressure washing, painting, or staining.

Pressure Washing to Prepare Your Deck for Spring

Pressure washers remove caked-on dirt and grime from all types of decking. However, read the instructions carefully and choose a setting and cleaning solution that will not harm your deck material. Wood can be permanently damaged by high-pressure settings.

Re-Stain or Re-Seal Your Deck

After cleaning the surface of your deck and making repairs, add a fresh coat of stain or sealant to prepare for spring. Any color stain could be used to change the deck’s appearance. Even if you do not stain your deck, adding a sealant is essential to keep moisture out and protect the wood against the effects of harsh ultraviolet rays.

Get the Patio Furniture Ready

Some people move outdoor furniture inside for the winter, but many leave it outside but covered. Uncover the furniture and, with a garden hose, rinse off debris and dirt. To scrub it clean, use a microfiber cloth or soft-bristled brush. Choose the appropriate cleaning product and tool for the type of material that you need to clean.

  • Furniture made from teak or wicker is tedious to clean, but a soft cloth and soapy water are often enough.
  • Whenever possible, store fabric cushions and pillows indoors for the fall and winter. If you accidentally leave anything outside, follow the washing instructions on the tag to clean it.
  • Plastic furniture is the easiest to clean, and any soft-bristled brush or sponge will do the trick. After cleaning, rinse the pieces with the garden hose.
  • Metal furniture is vulnerable to rust. Check it for signs of rust at the start of spring. Use warm soapy water and a sponge to wipe off dirt and allow each piece of furniture to thoroughly dry.

Solidium Inspections offer inspection services to customers in Houston, TX, and the surrounding areas. If you’re buying or selling a home, contact us to schedule an appointment.