So you've taken the first step towards breathing life into your outdoor deck by applying a fresh coat of paint. Great. Now you'll need to schedule proper maintenance over time to prevent the deck from looking old or rusty.
Being outdoors, the paint on your deck can accumulate dust, grime and all sorts of dirt over time. Make sure you keep up with your cleaning routine to increase the longevity of your fresh coat of paint.
Here are some useful cleaning tips that will help you get started on the right foot.
1. Avoid using abrasive cleaners
While your deck may need a thorough washing, avoid using abrasive cleaners such as strong-bristled brushes or tough chemical agents. Abrasive cleaners will chip the paint right off your deck floors, railing and walls.
A better approach is to use a mid-strength cleaning agent, along with a sponge or soft cloth. You can use a controlled pressure washer to remove stubborn stains if necessary. However, for areas with a thin layer of paint, a soft cloth dipped in warm water will do the trick. Household cleaners such as ammonia (used in controlled portions) can also get rid of stubborn stains.
2. Make sure you thoroughly dry after each clean
During the cleaning process, make sure each section fully dries. Fresh paint can be affected by excess water, especially if the paint is of a non-glossy type. Don't flood the deck floors and allow water to linger in one position. Instead, clean the area and ensure that it fully dries in the shortest possible time.
3. Approach the deck in sections
Don't think that you can clean the entire deck at one go, especially if it's large in size. A better approach is to break down the cleaning project into specific sections. You may choose to start with the floors or with the railings first. And for a fully covered deck, you also need to consider the walls.
Start off with highly soiled areas and get rid of tough stains. This will make it easier for you to proceed to other sections of the deck in an organised manner. Before applying water, thoroughly dust all surfaces on your deck first. Dust can mix with water to make an annoying sludge that's difficult to remove.
4. Consider painting your outdoor furniture
With your freshly painted deck looking clean and elegant, you can complete its look by also giving your furniture a fresh coat of paint. Match your deck colours with various shades that will boost your home's kerb appeal.
Speak with a painting contractor to learn more.