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Spring and Summer Deck Cleaning

Today the sun is shining and the air is actually warm.  That’s 3 days in a row with more to come. Adding to the encouraging positive signs that winter is trickling away.

Remember the old saying about March?  The lion and the lamb?  Let’s take the position this year March came in like a lion with the last of winter weather and will leave like a lamb with warm sunshine.   Hopefully, I will not eat my words at the beginning of April. Daylight saving time officially begins March 14th, and with the extra hour of light comes the opportunity to get home from work and actually have outdoor time.  To sit on our deck and relax.  However, some of that outdoor time involves spring cleaning and yesterday I spent some time cleaning my wood deck.

Wood deck and seating area
Wood deck cleaning

Now for many years folks have thought that composite/synthetic decks were maintenance free. I contend that nothing is maintenance free.  Would you leave your car outside for a couple of years and never wash it?  Hm -mm maybe some of you shouldn’t answer that.  Synthetic or composite decking is low maintenance but needs a good cleaning just like your kitchen floor.

Synthetic deck and hot tub
Synthetic decks are low-maintenance – not maintenance-free

Wood decks involve more care and maintenance . Ipe and other tropical hardwoods can be left alone and they will age to a silver patina.  Pressure treated wood decks  are another story. There are lots of DIY home owners who can tackle cleaning and sealing their wood decks.  It’s not too difficult.  Just check online and read a few  of the numerous articles before you get started. is a great place to start. There are even environment friendly deck cleaning agents available.  For the rest of us it probably pays to hire a reputable deck cleaning company to do the work.  Check with your local Better Business Bureau first.  Your deck with proper cleaning and maintenance should give you years of  quality outdoor relaxation.

Outdoor dining area
Enjoy your deck for years to come with proper maintenance

Archadeck teamIf you are considering adding a custom deck to your home, Archadeck of the Piedmont Triad would like to be your building partner. Give us a call for a free consultation at (336) 568-8230, drop us an email or fill out a contact form on this website. We look forward to your call.