When the weather is warmer, your deck is the ideal place to relax. Having a safe place to chill out outdoors after a cold winter is good. Unfortunately, after a cold winter and fall, your deck is left looking dilapidated. The following easy steps will help get your deck ready for the summer.
1. Clean your Deck
Start by washing your deck to help you establish what to do next. Sweep any dry matter and debris using a broom and fix any nails or screws sticking out. Then wash the deck with a pressure washer instead of a mop. However, do not have the pressure too high so as not to damage the wood. While cleaning your deck, also remember to clean the furniture and outdoor rugs. Also, clean the cushions to fluff them up and eliminate any debris.
2. Repaint where Necessary
After cleaning the deck, you will see if it needs a new coat of paint. Start by sanding the areas that need repainting and then apply the paint. Re-seal the wood with a coating product such as a decking stain, coating, or oil. For the best look, use a semi-translucent layer to give the wood a new tint.
You may need to use your deck with your family and friends at night or just read a book while enjoying the summer air. So, add outdoor lighting to the deck area, such as string lights on the railings and the side of your home.
Fresh plants bring new life, vibrancy, and smells to any space. You can line your deck railings with herbs or hang plants on the poster corners. Alternatively, you can opt to grow vegetables and herbs for consumption on planters placed on the deck area.
5. Replace Furniture and Rugs
If your furniture is uncomfortable, old, or stained, you can either replace or refresh it. If you decide to replace your outdoor furniture, ensure that the new ones complement your deck and home. For a furniture refresh, you can replace furniture cushions with zip/slipcovers or replace cushion covers similarly. Also, replace any torn or faded outdoor rugs with new ones.
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