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Tips to Get Your Deck Ready for Spring

By: Greg Chaffins | Date: March 17, 2019 | Categories: Home and Garden

This is a sponsored post. All opinions about how to get your deck ready for spring are 100% my own.

Spring is getting so close that I can’t stand it (it’s my favorite season). I want to tackle the great outdoors head-on. Fire up the lawn mower, plant some long needed flowers, and throw around some of that dark, rich mulch. But while all of that sounds good, Spring is also a great time to make sure that your deck is ready for the coming season. Cookouts and sunsets are just around the corner, so here are some tips to get your deck springtime ready…

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Tips to Get Your Deck Ready for Spring

Remove Any Stray Debris

Sometimes small branches, leaves, and other outside debris can get lodged between the planks and under the joints. Do a quick inspection of your deck, and use a small putty knife or another suitable tool to loosen and remove any lodged debris before spraying.

Clear Joist Areas

While you are clearing out debris, make sure to check any joists or support members. You may find that potentially rotting debris is sitting on top of support members between planks and other exposed areas. Removing this collected material before it can start to rot or mildew goes a long ways towards extending the life of your favorite deck.

Trim Trees and Plants

You may find that your trees and/or plants have grown since last year, and are now crowding your deck. Take this time to do any needed trimming before cleaning the deck.

Not only will this avoid having the mess of trimming, but it will also make it easier to get in any tough and crowded spots as you clean.

Protect Surrounding Landscape

Now that you have got the debris clear and the bushes trimmed, protect the remaining landscape from damage.  One of the best ways to do this is to gently wet them and cover them with plastic sheeting or a handy drop cloth.

Make a Clean Sweep

Next, you will want to remove any material you can from the deck before cleaning. The best way to do this is to sweep the deck using a quality push broom. You can also use a regular household broom, but it might take a little longer to get the job done.

Another alternative is to use forced air, either from an air compressor or a leaf blower,  to blow dirt and dust off of the deck. This also has the advantage of being able to get in many cracks and crevices.

Be careful where you point the exhaust, though, since you don’t want anything damaged from flying debris.

Choose the Correct Cleaner

You’ll want to make sure that you choose the correct cleaner for your deck type. Doing so will allow you to do the best job without causing any undue damage in the process.

Wood – Use a standard, commercially available deck cleaner. Follow the directions on the label, but keep in mind that some products require you to wet the deck first.

Composite – If you have a quality composite deck, such as that from Decks & Docks Lumber Company, you’ll want to find a cleaner that is designed to work with that decking type. Many times these products will also clean any collected grease and detergents.

Vinyl – Caring for a vinyl deck is probably the easiest of the choices. You’ll only need a mild soap and warm water to properly clean a vinyl deck. But even the mildest of soaps can be hazardous to plants and grass, so be careful with the product and any runoff.

Clean The Deck

Now it is time to clean the deck. You’ll want to follow the directions on your cleaning product, but there are a few things to keep in mind.

For example, you should never use a pressure washer on composite decking material. The forced water can cause the material to separate, damaging the decking and potentially voiding any decking warranty.

Don’t Forget To Seal

Once you have your deck nice and clean, it could be a great opportunity to apply a good sealer to it. There are many products on the market for doing this, and select one appropriate for your decking type.

Just be sure and let everything dry thoroughly before applying the sealer. You may want to wait a few days in between cleaning and sealing the deck just to be sure.

Springtime is practically here, and by following these tips you have your deck ready for the upcoming season. You’ll appreciate your efforts now later in the season when your mind is on having fun, not deck maintenance. And that sounds pretty good to me. Now, about that grilling menu…

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What Should You Ask Before Getting Plastic Surgery

By: Donna Chaffins | Date: March 15, 2019 | Categories: Beauty
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This is a sponsored post. All opinions regarding plastic surgery are 100% my own. I’ve never undergone plastic surgery before, but it is something I’ve thought about many times. Family and friends that know me really well know that I’ve always wanted rhinoplasty… several things have kept me from having a nose job to date, […]

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How to Manage Blogger Business Leads

By: Greg Chaffins | Date: March 11, 2019 | Categories: Blogging Tips
Manage Blog Business Leads

This is a sponsored post. All opinions regarding how to manage blogger business leads are 100% my own. Being a blogger doesn’t mean that you don’t have a lot of business leads that you need to follow and maintain. In fact, a typical blogger may have any number of leads that they are following up […]

Chimichurri Plant-Based Protein Sandwich at McAlister’s Deli

By: Donna Chaffins | Date: March 6, 2019 | Categories: Restaurants, Reviews
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This is a sponsored post, but all opinions are 100% my own and may differ from yours. I will only endorse companies, products, like the Chimichurri plant-based protein sandwich from McAlister’s Deli, and services that I believe, based on my own experiences, are worthy of endorsement. Chimichurri Plant-Based Protein Sandwich at McAlister’s Deli I recently […]

5 Reasons You Need a Hot Tub Cover

By: Donna Chaffins | Date: March 5, 2019 | Categories: Home and Garden
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With every purchase you make in the modern era, it’s always a good idea to consider investing in the protection of that product. As they say, “things just aren’t made the way they used to be.” If you’re going to spend hundreds, possibly thousands, on a new hot tub, it only makes sense to spend […]

Lance Advisors Wants to Know if You Are Ready For Debt Consolidation

By: Greg Chaffins | Date: March 3, 2019 | Categories: Financial

This is a sponsored post. All opinions on debt consolidation are 100% my own. You may have heard the old saying, debt is easy to get and hard to get rid of. In many ways, this is a very accurate description, and it is easy to find that your debt load is difficult to manage. […]

Spring Pest Control Tips

By: Greg Chaffins | Date: | Categories: Home and Garden

This is a sponsored post. All opinions regarding spring pest control tips are 100% my own. Spring will soon be in the air, and along with the sunshine, blue skies, and warm weather we also have… PESTS! But you can take steps now to ensure that your wonderful spring season steers clear of bothersome pests […]

An Amazing Shave with Philips Norelco S9000 Prestige Qi-Charge

By: Donna Chaffins | Date: February 21, 2019 | Categories: Technology
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The reviewer has been compensated in the form of a Best Buy gift card and/or received the product/service at a reduced price or for free. The amazing shave you get with the Philips Norelco S9000 Prestige Qi-Charge Shaver is 100% my own. Our son is sixteen now and we’ve noticed for some time that he […]

LG Combination Double Wall Oven for Busy Cooks

By: Donna Chaffins | Date: February 19, 2019 | Categories: Home and Garden
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The reviewer has been compensated in the form of a Best Buy gift card and/or received the product/service at a reduced price or for free. My opinion that the LG Combination Double Wall Oven is perfect for busy cooks is 100% my own. Since I’m the person who is primarily responsible for cooking my family’s […]

7 Smart Things to Spend Your Tax Refund On

By: Donna Chaffins | Date: February 15, 2019 | Categories: Financial, Money Talk
7 things to spend your tax refund on.

This sponsored conversation about being smart with your tax refund is brought to you by DriveTime. All opinions are 100% my own and may differ from yours. I will only endorse companies, products and services that I believe, based on my own experiences, are worthy of endorsement.   Now that tax season is almost over, […]