Deck - Your Outdoor Family Room

When the sun comes out and your family starts hanging out on the deck or patio, it's time to rejoice. Decks are perfect for warm summer nights and fall barbecues. But how is it holding up? Did you know a small amount of effort can keep your deck looking great even longer? If you leave your deck untreated, don't be surprised if it turns gray with age. That's why we want to share a few of our favorite tips to extend the life of your deck — even if it's old or newly installed.


  • We recommend a major spring and fall cleaning. At these times, you should inspect for damage, clean off debris with a hose, sand splinters and use 30 SECONDS Outdoor Cleaner to lift any algae, mold, dirt or mildew stains.
  • Throughout the year, keep an eye on your deck. Sweep it frequently. Don't let leaves accumulate, especially wet ones.
  • Keep shrubs from growing within a couple of feet of your deck.
  • Clean between decking board cracks.
  • Elevate potted plants to allow airflow, which helps avoid fungi and diseases from growing.
  • When using our cleaner, you can really speed up the process by using a scrub brush on horizontal boards. These brushes can be found in the cleaning section of most home improvement stores and will save you a lot of time.

Although deck living can be casual and easygoing, wood decks still need regular maintenance and care — much like you flooring in your home. If you follow the steps and stay on top of the upkeep, your deck’s lifespan should increase.

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