Deck Maintenance & Repair Tips

Regardless of the type of material you choose for your deck, your deck needs regular maintenance, from cleaning to repairing.

Summer temperatures and the sun can have a significant effect on your home's exterior, especially your deck. The same goes for moisture and mildew if your deck happens to be in a shady area. Here at Carter Lumber, we'll show you how simple maintenance can extend your deck's life. Now is a perfect time.

Deck Repair Tools

  • Deck cleaner
  • Garden hose
  • Hammer
  • Hose nozzle
  • Plastic sheet or tarp
  • Push broom
  • Rubber gloves
  • Screwdriver
  • Scrub brush
  • Socket wrench


Start by clearing the debris off your deck, which can collect between the floorboards. If not, water can get trapped in there and rot your floorboards or joists. You can start with a push broom and then use a screwdriver to clear the floorboards' areas. Once cleared, check for any water damage, splintered areas, and rotten boards. If there is, those boards will need to be replaced.

Cleaning Your Deck

Always prepare before using chemicals to clean your deck. Cover adjacent bushes or plants that might get sprayed. It's always a good idea to wear rubber gloves to protect your skin from any chemicals. Make sure you read the manufacturer's instructions for the cleaning solution.

Using the mist setting of your hose's nozzle, lightly dampen the deck. Now use a hard-bristle brush and the cleaning solution, and scrub away any grime. Once you have one layer down, rinse off the deck for a few minutes on the highest setting, ensuring you cleared the deck of any cleaning chemicals. Some more challenging spots might need to be treated more than once.

Once dry, apply your deck sealer. Please refer to the manufacturer's instructions on application and drying. You'll be proud of the simple yet effective maintenance for cleaning and repairing your deck in a few hours.

Deck Maintenance 

  • Always start by hammering in any protruding nails. This can be a common and painful mistake.
  • Periodically check the rails and make sure they're secure to the deck.
  • Also, check the bolts that attach the deck to the house and tighten if needed.