1. Using The Wrong Cleaner: Always make sure when you are cleaning your deck to use the proper cleaner. You want to consider the material of your deck when choosing your cleaner. Take the time to call your local deck builder to help decide which cleaner best suits your deck material.
2.Use of a Power Washer: Some people go all guns blazing with their pressure washer when it is time for cleaning the deck. THIS IS A HUGE NO NO! If your deck material is pressure treated wood, using a power washer can remove natural oils. Natural oils protect your wood and can not be replaced with any type of stain. Power washers leave splinters because of the intense power behind the nozzle and they can cause your wood to expand, loosening nails and allowing space for debris to get between.
3.Weather doesn’t matter: WRONG! Weather always matters when it comes to your deck, work and play. Always double check the weather as temperature and humidity can have major impact on how your protective seal dries. The ideal temperature is between 15-25 Celsius and it is important that you pick a day where there is no rain in the forecast.
4.Gaps don’t matter. WRONG! The dentist always tells you to “floss”, we highly suggest that you clean your gaps. Dirt and leaves in between your deck boards can cause premature rotting of wood, like cavities if you don’t floss. Make sure to clean your gaps thoroughly.
5.“I don’t need to clean the deck in the fall” WRONG, prepping your deck for the winter is very important to help maintain the life of your deck. Making sure all of the debris and leaves are clear off the deck prevents mold from taking control of your decks surface.