My husband and I wanted to add an addition to our home for years before we finally decided to act on the idea. However, we then realized that we desperately needed to update our kitchen, as well. Before we started the remodeling process, we prepared for what we expected: stress. We made sure we cleared our calendars and didn't have any other major commitments during the remodeling process. However, once we began planning the renovations, we quickly learned that we were actually having a lot of fun! The renovation process also went very smoothly and, now that the process is over, we both joke around that it feels "too quiet" in hear without the company of the contractors. I enjoyed t all so much I decided to start a blog to share my remodeling tips to help others who will soon be taking the plunge!
Mold and wood decks often go hand in hand, especially in humid climates. The growth of mold can make the deck look unsightly, so it is important that your deck be cleaned regularly using the right methods so that mold does not continue to grow on your deck.
Preparing To Scrub The Deck
Scrub mold off of the deck by using an outdoor bleach product on a hot day. Before using the product, put on a old clothes, boots, rubber gloves, and safety glasses. These will protect you, and if your clothes are stained, you will not worry about them being ruined.
Applying The Solution
Before the mold removal product is applied to your deck, it is important to prewet it with a hose. Then, the cleaning solution can be applied using a broom. A brush is best used in areas that are difficult to reach with a broom. The solution needs to sit for about 15 minutes. Afterward, the bleach needs to be rinsed with a garden hose. The solution needs to travel to a sanitary sewer. It should not be drained into a storm sewer. If any plants are exposed to the runoff, water them again to protect them. Whatever is left of the solution that you haven't used should be poured down the sink.
Follow the product instructions for how the chemical needs to be mixed with water. You will usually need to stir the mixture in order to prevent it from foaming. Always test a small portion of the chemical on your deck to make sure that it will not have an impact on the color of your deck. It can be helpful to keep a plank of wood separate from the deck for testing products that you will later apply to the deck.
Sealing The Deck
After washing the deck, treating the deck can reduce the risk that it will suffer from mold growth in the future. Failing to do this in the past is likely part of why your deck has suffered from mold growth in the first place. It is easier to treat the deck than it is to wash off the mold.
Replacing Your Deck
The best option is to get a deck that is highly resistant to mold, such as a Trex Transcend deck. Then, your deck deck will not grow mold as often and you will not need to clean and remove mold as frequently. To learn more, contact a deck builder at a company like Decks-Decks-Decks.