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Take care of your deck. An outdoor deck can be the source of outdoor enjoyment with family and friends. They are the perfect spots for a sunny umbrella and patio furniture with a matching table for family barbecues. However, decks do require care and there are steps you should take to be sure to properly maintain it.
You should regularly clean your deck with a special deck cleaner to remove dirt and mildew that has become embedded in the wood. You should also be sure to strip any deteriorating finish that you might find from your deck area. You'll also want to invest in durable patio furniture covers to keep your furniture cared for during harsh weather conditions. Once you have cleaned it thoroughly, refinish it with a water-protectant finish that will make your deck look better and last even longer. Options for a finisher include a semitransparent stain or a deep, rich oil finish. Both will make your deck area look brand new.
|Jennifer Mathes, Ph.D.|