Doo doo doo do-do-do-do. (Queen anyone?)
Spring came late this year. Well, in fact I’m not sure it came at all. We seem to have skipped a season and jumped right into early summer weather-wise. And that has meant that it was winter, winter, winter, BAM! We want to sit out on our deck and enjoy time outside. Since the transition wasn’t really a transition we didn’t have much of an urge to get outside and do any work outside our house before the weather turned warm. Oh yeah… and this happened too, leaving us with not a ton of free time.
Our deck had been neglected. It needed a good scrubbin’.
And we have actually been talking about giving the deck a good, deep cleaning since last fall. We have two walnut trees on/near our property and they are messy little buggers. They drop their nuts, and squirrels love ’em and love to hang out and eat on our deck as much as we do. Besides keeping the deck clear of debris and the mess a walnut makes after a squirrel is done with it, our deck has been mostly neglected since we moved in.
At first we were just going to borrow a friend’s pressure washer to do the job, but we decided to invest in one since it does so much more than just clean your deck. It’s a great tool to have around the house.
So when Canadian Tire had a sale on a few weeks ago we bit the bullet and bought ourselves a brand spankin’ new pressure washer. (Cue the Queen music).
And boy did it make a difference!
It’s a shadow-y view of our deck before, with the furniture moved all around and the pressure washer ready to work it’s magic. The shadowed area gives you the best view of how dirty the deck was.
Here’s a photo of how really bad the deck was looking.
And here’s a half-way shot of the difference a little water and some power can make.
I know, right? I bet you didn’t think it was that bad until you saw this shot. Even I didn’t know it was that bad!
Well I’m happy to report that the deck has been fully cleaned and is literally looking like a different deck all together. The deck is getting old though, and the scrubbing has revealed a few flaws like splinters and some uneven patches. I want our deck to be a place that we, especially the kiddos, can go barefoot in the summer so I think we have more work to do on the deck this year. I’m currently researching some deck sealing and repair products to find one that might help keep tiny feet from catching splinters.
As usual, I’ll keep you posted on what we choose and why. I can’t wait for warm (really warm) summer nights and dinners on the deck with no shoes on!
What about you? Any deck projects going on? Any new power tool purchases that you’re swooning over? Any outdoor spaces being neglected?