If you’re like many homeowners who have a swimming pool in their backyard, your pool decking probably gets a lot of use during certain times of the year. Exposure to the elements, spilled drinks, and even basic wear and tear can make it look a little shoddy. No one wants an ugly deck, so we’re going to show you how to keep your pool deck clean and organized with a few simple tactics.
Trim or Remove Trees
If you have any trees hanging over your pool deck or even nearby, you may find it besieged by fallen branches, leaves, and other debris. Trimming them back or moving them entirely will go a long way toward keeping your deck looking great. If you decide to redo your landscape, be sure to keep proper placement in mind.
Rinse Off Dirt and Debris
At some point, you’re going to want to scrub your pool deck with soap and water. Power washing is also an option. But before you get into any of that, you should start by sweeping off dirt and debris with a stiff-bristled outdoor broom. Then, rinse the deck with a garden hose. Removing dirt, leaves, and other debris with a quick rinse will instantly make it look better.
Get Rid of Mold and Mildew
Mold and mildew are very common with a wood pool deck. To take care of this problem, create a mixture of one cup of white vinegar and a gallon of water. Next, fill up a spray bottle or spray the concoction over any affected areas. This will remove mold and mildew right away and keep the deck looking great.
Hire a Professional Cleaner
Hands down, the best way to keep your pool deck looking beautiful is to hire a professional cleaner. Depending on your needs, you may want to schedule a pool deck cleaning once a week, or perhaps once a month will suffice. A professional will have all the equipment needed to keep the pool in fantastic shape, including a pressure washer if that’s what’s needed.
Clean Up Spills Quickly
Deck surfaces are typically resilient, but they’re still prone to spills just like any other surface. If you spill any drinks while enjoying yourself on the pool deck, be sure to clean them up right away so they don’t have a chance to set in. Also, don’t leave any fertilizer on the deck when tending to vegetation because this can cause orange staining.
Make use of oxygenated bleach
If your pool deck consists of concrete, stone, or brick, be sure that you’re using oxygenated bleach to clean it instead of chlorine bleach. What you want to do is mix one cup of oxygenated bleach into a gallon of warm water, with a tiny amount of dish soap if the deck is really dirty.
Spread the solution over the deck, making more if you have a large surface area. After letting it set for a few minutes, use an exterior scrub brush to clean it, and then rinse off the deck with a garden hose.
Pick Up Plastic or Mesh Bins
So far, all of these tips have been about cleaning your pool deck, so we’re going to end the discussion with a way to keep everything more organized. It’s easy for your deck and swimming pool area to get cluttered because of pool accessories such as kids’ toys, snorkels, goggles, etc. Pick up some plastic and/or mesh bins or containers so that everything has a place to go. This will prevent clutter that could be unsightly and potentially cause kids (and maybe adults) to trip and fall.
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