The hot summer months are nearly upon us and when the days grow longer and warmer, it means your pool is once again going to be a favorite destination for friends and family. Since it may have been a while since the last time the pool was used, your deck may be in need of a good cleaning. A pool deck should be cleaned regularly for a number of reasons including helping prevent the spread of diseases as well as helping to get rid of the slipperiness that may stem from the growth of bacteria. While having your deck professionally cleaned is an option, it is also possible to do it yourself. Here are some easy steps to follow for keeping your pool deck clean.
The first thing you will want to do is gather a few supplies such as a stiff brush on a pole, which you will use for scrubbing stained or dirty areas; a pressure washer; and TSP (Trisodium Phosphate), which will be used for cleaning the deck. Once you have gathered all of your supplies, be sure to clear the deck by removing any planters, furniture, or other items that may be on your deck. When the deck is cleared, take note of any large cracks, chips, or flaking that may be present on your deck. If there are any cracks, do not patch them up until after you have thoroughly cleaned your deck. After you have checked your deck for cracks, pressure wash the entire deck thoroughly and evenly. You will be able to see the dirt and debris being washed away. Once this is done, use the stiff brush to scrub the entire deck. Mix 1 pound of TSP with 5 gallons of water and use the solution to clean the deck. Once the entire deck has been scrubbed, re-wash the deck with the pressure washer until all the residue from the TSP is removed. During the summer months, be sure to do this regularly to keep your deck in good shape.