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The Deck and I Decked It Out

When I was little (or so I like to think), I used to wonder why anyone would wash their driveway.  What was the point?  It was going to get dirty again anyway.  I told myself I’d never be one of those people.

So when I decided to wash the upper level of the deck boards, I felt a pang of shame.  Here I was, about to do the thing I thought people were weird for doing.  Who was the weirdo now?

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I learned that the green was mostly algae and mildew.  It makes sense since the deck gets mostly shade during the day.

But before I began, I had to do one important thing.  I had to say goodbye to the bathmat.

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I stopped feeling silly for washing my deck when I saw the brown sludge on the scrub brush.  I felt as if I was getting somewhere!  I told myself that the deck was going to look brand new with just a little more effort.

I went inside and waited for the deck to dry.  When I came back out, the feeling of accomplishment faded.  The deck was nowhere near new.  It wasn’t even that much better than before.  I could see that only some of the green was gone.

I poured all my frustration into scrubbing the siding.

Here’s how the final result looked:

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Well, backyard.  I think we are tied for now.

Update:  When I came back out the next day, the deck was noticeably better.  Perhaps it needed some time to settle.

14 thoughts on “The Deck and I Decked It Out

  1. We did exactly the same! Hired a powerwasher to clean our old broken patio, turns out you can spend all day cleaning it but it still looks like an old, broken, patio! 🙁

    1. Oh man, last summer I remember doing a 5 x 5 foot area with the power washer and it took me two hours. The thing has since broken. Sorry to hear your experience didn’t work out! That sounds really disappointing, especially if you hired it out. How is your deck now?

  2. We did exactly the same! Hired a powerwasher to clean our old broken patio, turns out you can spend all day cleaning it but it still looks like an old, broken, patio! 🙁

    1. Oh man, last summer I remember doing a 5 x 5 foot area with the power washer and it took me two hours. The thing has since broken. Sorry to hear your experience didn’t work out! That sounds really disappointing, especially if you hired it out. How is your deck now?

  3. Have you tried “Deck Over” paint? I did that a couple of years ago to mine and it transformed the area. It creates a really nice coating over the wood and was super easy to paint. The cleaning before, while worth it, was the hardest part.

    1. It’s so funny that you mention this product. I was at the store, looking at deck refinishing today and I saw it. Would you recommend it?

      1. I liked it. It’s lasted about four year before chipping in pathways. In our climate that’s actually not bad for a paint that is walked over a lot. Top house paints ($50/gal) usually on last for 5-7 years. The rainforest is tough.

  4. Have you tried “Deck Over” paint? I did that a couple of years ago to mine and it transformed the area. It creates a really nice coating over the wood and was super easy to paint. The cleaning before, while worth it, was the hardest part.

    1. It’s so funny that you mention this product. I was at the store, looking at deck refinishing today and I saw it. Would you recommend it?

      1. I liked it. It’s lasted about four year before chipping in pathways. In our climate that’s actually not bad for a paint that is walked over a lot. Top house paints ($50/gal) usually on last for 5-7 years. The rainforest is tough.

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