A clean deck is a happy deck

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Your wood deck is probably the focal point of your yard. To keep it looking good, and to protect your investment and simplify regular maintenance, you need to take a little time each year and clean up. Perhaps the most common cleaning method, as well as one of the most misunderstood, is pressure washing. Pressure washing utilizes a gas- or electric-powered machine to boost water pressure from a source such as a garden hose, and pushes it through a nozzle at very high velocity. Pressure washers are very effective cleaners, but the high pressure can break apart the cells and fibers in the wood and do some serious damage.  If you want to use a pressure washer, make sure to use low pressure and a wide fan-type nozzle so as not to concentrate the pressure into a damaging stream. For deck cleaning, an equally effective method is to use a garden hose with a spray nozzle combined with a medium bristle push broom. Another thing you don't want to do to your deck is use regular household bl...