Your outdoor space is an extension of your home and this is why maintaining your deck is so important. Let’s face it, your deck is the center point to family barbecues, relaxing Sundays and time spent with good friends. Nevertheless, decks are exposed to the elements year round, so it’s important to establish a routine of upkeep that will protect your deck and prevent the need for future repairs. Keep your deck looking its very best with these maintenance tips:

Keep it Clean

Dirt and debris cause mold and mildew, which can lead to rot. Remove dirt and other debris with a power washer. If you don’t have one you can rent one from most local hardware stores. Be sure to keep the pressure stream moving to avoid a gouge in the wood of the deck. Once you are finished simply let dry overnight.

Fix and Repair

Remove any unevenness in your deck by replacing loose or broken boards. Pay special attention to areas where the boards cross joists, particularly underneath the deck. Also, fix any loose nails and screws. Simple but important!

Stain and Seal

Before you start staining protect plants and shrubs by wetting them and covering with plastic sheeting. Lightly sand the deck using an 80-grit paper and apply stain. Make sure to wear protective eyewear and gloves and to choose a two-day period when you’ll have clear skies and moderate temperatures. After the deck has dried for 48 hours apply the sealant to your deck as a final step.

Now that your deck, and your backyard, are the talk of the neighborhood you can sit back and enjoy. If you are still in need of additional repairs, contact your local Mr. Handyman by calling 877-256-3376 or request service in your area.