7 Steps to Spring Clean Your Deck – Fast

You have a deck to enjoy it, not to work on it! This simple guide helps you get your deck ready this summer faster than ever. Use these tips to get the work done quick, so you can get on to the important stuff like enjoying your sundeck.    

a wooden deck overgrown with weeds

Step 1: Prep

To properly clean your deck and keep it from premature degradation over the year clearing your deck is essential.

Start with clearing around your deck. Trimming back branches and vegetation to at least a foot from the edge of your deck and supports will reduce the chances of an insect infestation, sap and leaves dropping on your deck, and potential for storm damage.

Next, clear your deck surface. Removing patio furniture, barbeques, plants, and decor. Then, sweep the deck to remove leaves and other debris and  clean gutters and downspouts to avoid drainage problems.

dirty wooden deck black and white

Step 2: Inspect

Winter weather can wreak havoc on your outdoor oasis. Pick out potential problem spots by looking for wear and tear such as:

  • Loose or cracked trim
  • Detached or rusted flashing
  • Peeling or missing caulk
  • Signs of decay (soft spots)
  • Separation of gutters
  • Improper slope
  • Torn seams on vinyl decks
  • Insect damage
  • Rodent/bird holes
  • Cracked or leaking faucets
  • Shifted curbs and retaining walls

‘Out of sight out of mind’ is a fatal philosophy when it comes to your deck. Rot and worn fixtures can weaken your deck, making it unsafe.

Inspect your deck’s surface and supports by walking the surface of your deck to feel for weak or spongy spots beneath your feet. Pay special attention to damp spots and parts in contact with fasteners. It’s probably rotted if a screwdriver can easily penetrate the wood ¼- ½ inch or break off a sliver without splinters.

Fixtures and supports like posts, joists, and ledger board (where the deck attaches to the house) can degrade over time. Take a close look under your deck for signs of aging too.

Take a close look at your railings for rot, loose bolts, rusted fixtures, and general sturdiness. Consider replacing your maintenance-intensive wood railings with custom aluminum railings.

Make any necessary repairs before continuing your deck spring cleaning. Give us a call at 604-786-3325 if you need some expert assistance.

wet deck down

Step 3: Wet

Thoroughly wet down your deck with a garden hose. If you use a pressure washer, don’t exceed 150 psi or point the nozzle directly at any seams or attachments. Improper use of a pressure washer, like holding the nozzle too close to the deck, can cause permanent damage.

scrub deck

Step 4: Scrub

Some cleaners can damage your deck. Avoid using powered abrasives, steel wool, dry cleaning fluids, or lacquer thinner solvents.

For any deck material, use an effective biodegradable product like Oxyclean and use a bristled scrub brush over using a pressure washer. Combine the cleaner with water and test the mix in a small area. It should kill the mildew and remove the dirt in 10 to 15 minutes. Get the job done fast without damaging your deck by adjust your ratio if it’s too quick or slow to.

For tough stains from leaves, algae, moss or mold use diluted ammonia or outdoor bleach and a whole lot of elbow grease.

Step 5: Rinse

Rinse the deck to remove any cleaner residue and make sure you haven’t missed any spots.


Step 6: Dry

If you have a low maintenance deck like vinyl or composite, congratulations, you’re all done! If you’re the proud owner of a wooden deck, you’ll to wait until it’s completely dry before you can  stain or seal it. Wait at least two or three days before sanding and applying sealer for best results.

Citywide Sundecks custom vinyl patio


Step 7: Enjoy!

Give yourself a pat on the back. You have successfully spring cleaned your sundeck!

If you need some help getting your deck barbecue-ready this spring, Citywide Sundecks is your complete decking contractor. No job is too big or small for our expert crews.

Fill out the form below or call us at (604) 786-3325 for a free consultation and quote.

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    – Drew, Billingsley Construction

  • “My wife and I were very happy with Citywide’s work on our sundeck. Their crew was very professional, courteous and efficient, and completed the work exactly as they said they would. When I pointed out a minor error in their work on our house siding, they immediately acknowledged the issue and corrected it with no argument. We would definitely recommend Citywide to our family, friends and anyone else that needs their decks re-surfaced. Thanks Paul / Citywide!”

    Doug and Audrey – Burnaby

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    Joe C. – Vancouver

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    Steve – New Westminster

  • Hard working and respectful crew. Deck turned out great. I would recommend Citywide to others who are considering building or replacing their deck.

    Vito – North Vancouver

  • Two years ago we hired Citywide to renovate our sundeck and back porch. We were very happy with the results and we are enjoying them every day. Last month we had them renovate our front stairs and walkway. The result exceeded our expectation. Now our front entrance looks good enough to welcome a queen! I like Paul’s workers they are friendly and able. Also, Paul is one of the most organized and punctual people I have ever known. We have had a lot of problems with tradesmen in the past. It’s nice to know Paul for a change.

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    Stephen – Richmond

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