While in some parts of North America it’s hard to imagine, it may be time for deck cleaning as spring is right around the corner. Since it’s almost time to get your vinyl deck surfaces ready for spring, our Econodek vinyl decking experts thought we’d offer these quick and easy tips to get vinyl decks and vinyl patios ship-shape so you can begin enjoying your outdoor living spaces.
Step #1: Start by cleaning above vinyl deck surfaces
Remember the scene in “Annie” when she’s trying to figure out the best way to clean the mansion? Vinyl deck surfaces are a bit like that – without forethought you’ll just end up cleaning the same place twice. Start above deck cleaning first by clearing out your gutters and roof debris, then move down to walls, windows, and vinyl deck railings. Once those are taken care of you’ll be ready to tackle cleaning your vinyl deck surface.
Step #2: Wash windows!
This goes hand-in-hand with the step above and is something you want to complete before you start deck cleaning. Why clean windows, even if they look clean? Because all kinds of dirt, debris, even air pollution can stick to the surface. From inside, you’ll notice that the view to your vinyl deck or patio is that much more inviting once the windows are clean.
Step #3: Clear clutter off vinyl deck surfaces
Start by removing everything you can move from your vinyl deck surfaces. This will allow you to thoroughly clean the entire vinyl deck surface. After cleaning, you can move back your essential deck pieces and a few pieces of the décor items. You may need to prune back trees and weed as well. Soon you’ll find that decluttered vinyl deck surfaces feel cleaner and bigger than when your deck was full of miscellaneous stuff.
Step #4: Tackle vinyl deck furniture
Deck cleaning should also include your deck furniture. Dingy, dented, or dirty vinyl deck furniture will not help you enjoy a relaxing time outdoors. When you’re in the middle of step three above, take a time out to wash and scrub all of your vinyl deck furniture. Consider repainting and recovering if you can, otherwise toss it and invest in a new deck furniture set.
Step #5: Cleaning the vinyl decking
When everything above and around is clean, and furniture/accessories are removed, you can clean the vinyl deck surface. All you need is water and a soft bristle brush! Notice while you are at it where water is going, as pooling or running towards the house might be a warning sign of bigger issues.
Step #6: Start greenery and flowers
Once the deck cleaning is complete, don’t forget the area surrounding vinyl deck surfaces as they are key to having an enjoyable space. Pull out any dead plants, trim back where needed, and consider installing some new plant varieties early so they have a chance to fill out before summer arrives.
Step #7: Plan an upgrade of vinyl deck surfaces
After your deck cleaning and declutter is complete, you might decide that this is the year for a decking upgrade. Fortunately, replacing a vinyl deck surface is pretty straightforward. Start planning and check out our line of great vinyl decking products which are manufactured right here in North America by Tuff Industries!
If you have any questions about waterproofing or resurfacing your existing sundeck, patio, balcony, or flat roof deck, get in touch with out vinyl decking experts.