Sunday, June 21, 2015
Two patio doors open onto a deck on the front of our home. Admittedly, it has been a few years since I gave it a good cleaning and a coat of stain. Cleaning and painting the deck is definitely going to be done this summer. So I began to research what product to use to clean it. I watched some amazing videos that showed a guy spraying on a product and rinsing off with a hose..amazing. Simple. Expensive and definitely not in my budget. Or, I should say not a priority for my purse. Ok, I'm cheap. I'm not afraid of work. I find what others think tedious to be meditative time. I live on a Crazy Train so Wax on/Wax off appeals to me.
So, more google searches were in order. I was thinking why not use bleach water. I make my own mix of bleach, water and Dawn to use as a household cleaner. Google told me that bleach breaks down wood fiber so the search was still on. Somewhere I found information that using an Oxygen cleaner mixed with water would clean the wood nicely. In this picture, you can see the Before and After results. Totally amazing. I put one scoop in what was probably about a gallon of hot water. Took the mix, a scrub brush and a short sit stool out to the deck to try it out. It really honestly didn't take much effort at all. I brushed the mix onto the boards, scrubbed a little and washed off with a hose. One thing I will do as I precede is to rinse the brush before I put it back into the oxy mix to keep what I am putting on the next area clean.
The next step will be to paint it with one of those restorative wood paints. If you have any experience with restoring a deck, I'd love hear what you learned.
Now, if the weatherman will just cooperate with a little sun, I'll be ready to continue.