Maintaining Your Cedar Deck


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Maintaining Your Cedar Deck

Cleaning Your Cedar Deck

To maintain the natural beauty of your cedar deck, regular cleaning is essential. Use a mild detergent and water solution to scrub away dirt and grime. Avoid using harsh chemicals or power washers, as they can damage the wood.

For tough stains, consider using a deck cleaner specifically formulated for cedar. Follow the manufacturer's instructions carefully and rinse the deck thoroughly after cleaning.

Sealing Your Cedar Deck

After cleaning, it's important to seal your cedar deck to protect it from moisture, UV rays, and other environmental factors. Choose a high-quality wood sealer designed for cedar decks.

Apply the sealer evenly using a brush or roller, making sure to cover all surfaces. Allow the sealer to dry completely before using the deck.

Regular Inspections

Make it a habit to inspect your cedar deck regularly for signs of wear and tear. Look for cracks, splinters, and rotting wood, especially in high-traffic areas and near joints and fasteners.

If you notice any issues, address them promptly to prevent further damage. Sand down rough spots, replace damaged boards, and tighten loose fasteners as needed.

Repairs and Maintenance

In addition to regular inspections, perform routine maintenance to keep your cedar deck in top condition. Sweep away debris, such as leaves and dirt, to prevent buildup and minimize the risk of moisture retention.

Trim back any overhanging branches or vegetation that could shade the deck and promote mold and mildew growth. And finally, consider applying a fresh coat of sealer every few years to maintain optimal protection.

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