Homemade wood siding Cleaner

Homemade Deck Cleaner

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A deck, which is constantly exposed to natural elements like sunlight, frost and rain, requires regular maintenance. Regular cleaning can prevent buildup of mold, algae and dirt. Maintenance is more vital in case of wooden decks, which are more prone to rot and other problems. As compared to wood, other materials like steel and vinyl, require less maintenance. Cleaning is an important part of its maintenance irrespective of the material used to build the deck.

Deck cleaners are considered an integral part of deck protection and their use is aimed at removing dirt, grime, germs, stains, algae, and mildew. Though a wide range of deck cleaning products are available in the market, homemade ones are preferred by many, as most of the commercial products contain harsh chemicals. Homemade ones are also cheaper, when compared to their commercial counterparts.

How to Make a Deck Cleaning Solution

You need TSP or trisodium phosphate (which can be bought from any hardware store), warm water, and a little amount of bleach. Bleach is necessary to remove microorganisms like algae and mildew, but make sure that you are using the household bleach and not the commercial one, which is very strong. TSP, which is in the form of a white-colored powder, has to be mixed with warm water and bleach to make the deck cleaning solution. Take two gallons of warm water and mix one to 1½ cup of TSP in it. Once the TSP has dissolved, add ½ cup of household bleach to this solution. This solution is good enough for heavy-duty cleaning. Make sure to protect yourself by wearing goggle, mask, gloves and protective clothing as well as footwear, while mixing and using chemicals. You can reduce the amount of bleach, if there is less algae growth. You can even start with a mild solution of one cup TSP, two gallons of warm water, and a small amount of bleach. You can make it stronger (not more than what is mentioned in the recipe) if this solution is not found to be effective. If you are not in favor of using TSP or bleach, then try other homemade deck cleaner recipes that will be discussed later.

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    I have old vertical wood siding and it's about 26 years old. It's seen it's better days and it needs to be replaced...Can I put new vertical wood siding over the top of the old stuff, or do I need to take of the old?

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    Part of the boards on either side are partly on my side and partly the neighbor's side? Have you ever had to deal with this problem, and are there any options?

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