When it comes to taking care of your deck, you might have heard a number of different tips along the way. One popular outdoor deck care tips you may have heard about is waterproofing and the advantages of waterproofing. However, once you get your deck waterproofed, what do you after that? While not much maintenance is needed, there are still things that you can do to care for your waterproofed deck. One important thing to do is regularly clean the surface of your deck. While it’s important to sweep every so often, it is also important to give your deck a deep clean every few months. During a deep clean, you’ll want to remove all the pots, planters or any furniture that is one your deck. Once there’s nothing on the deck, sweep the deck thoroughly so that there is not dust, leaves or debris. After this, use a bristle brush with a mild detergent to wash the surface of the deck. An all purpose cleaner or a neutral cleaner is a good option for this. If you happen to have access to a power sprayer, you can use this as an alternative as well. In addition to this thorough cleaning every couple of months, you should also do regular inspection of your deck. Look over your deck every and now then to see if there are any splinters or lose nails or screws that need to be tightened or hammered down. If you have railings be sure to especially check the connecting joints of the rail to ensure it is securely fastened. You’ll also want to check for any cracks in the deck coating as well as checking for dry rot. An easy way to do this is to simply press onto the wood panels with your foot to check for any softness in the wood as this is a sign of dry rot. Additionally, all waterproof coatings need to be renewed every 2 - 5 years. Follow these simple maintenance tips and you’ll keep your deck looking like new!