Tips to Prepare your Deck for Spring

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Once spring arrives, most of us rush to begin our spring cleaning rituals, organizing, and refreshing everything around the house. But, don’t forget about the deck! Experienced fence contractors in Nashville at M.T. Fence & Deck have compiled this list of four tips to help you prepare your deck for spring.

Deck maintenance in preparation for spring is just as important as taking care of your lawn. Not only does it freshen up your outdoor living area, but also it allows you to be able to use your deck all season long, and it protects your investment.

Whether you are looking for a deck contractor in Murfreesboro or a professional fence installer in Nashville, follow these tips to get your deck ready for entertaining in no time!

  1. Remove dirt and debris

Winter has officially come to an end here in middle Tennessee, so get your rakes and brooms ready to rock and roll as you rake away any leaves, pine needles, and other yard debris left from winter, and give your deck a good sweeping. Be sure to remove debris from between deck boards, which otherwise could retain moisture and cause staining. Also, proper ventilation between deck boards is essential to prevent mold and mildew buildup.

  1. Remove mildew

Mildew often forms on decks, especially during wet and rainy times of the year, or if the sun doesn’t really shine on your deck to dry the water and moisture buildup. Mildew should be removed immediately when you see it, as letting it linger on the wood could cause damage. You can easily remove mildew by using common household products that you probably have in your home right now. These products are safe and environmentally friendly.

Use a common garden sprayer and mix 3 quarts of water with 1 quart of oxygen bleach such as Oxyclean or Ajax Oxygen Bleach, with ¼ cup of ammonia-free dishwasher detergent liquid. Avoid using actual dish soap, because it becomes too sudsy for the sprayer. Liberally apply the solution to your deck, allowing it to set for about 10-15 minutes, and then rinsing away. Bleach kills mildew, and the dishwashing detergent emulsifies the solution for easy removal.

For tough stains, you may need to use a scrub brush to work in the solution. After the solution has sat long enough, rinse away with water.

  1. Move pots and planters

Avoid leaving potted plants directly sitting on your deck, as the water that leaks from the pots can stain and mildew the wood. Instead, keep a water collection tray under the plants or move them around frequently to prevent these issues. You could also place potted plants on small tables or plant stands.

  1. Spruce it up

Speaking of flowerpots, spruce up your deck by adding a splash of color with easy to maintain flowers or plants. Get out last years’ lawn chairs, tables, and cushions, or replace them with new ones if necessary. Sometimes, just adding new pillows or cushions can spruce up old patio furniture. Make sure that your furniture is clean and free of mildew. Now, you’re ready to enjoy your deck all season long!

Deck Contractor in Nashville

Remember that taking care of your investment will make getting ready for entertaining much easier, and preserve your deck for years to come. If you would like to learn more about our deck or fence building services, please contact M.T. Fence & Deck by calling (931) 394-3400.

M.T. Fence & Deck serves residential and commercial customers in the areas of Nashville, Hermitage, and Murfreesboro, Tennessee.

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