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Get your deck in check for Summer

If you’re planning on getting the most out of the warmer months, start with the one place you’ll spend most of your time – outside. Decks, patios and verandas are the heart of all Australian homes during summer, but sometimes we neglect them during winter. This week, our Hubbies have some advice to help you get your deck in check.

Sweep clean

To get a good scope of the job at hand, remove leaves and debris. You might be surprised what a good clean can do to improve the appearance of the area. A broom is adequate and a leaf blower is also handy.

De-grease your BBQ area 

Since last summer, you’ve probably got fat splatter and oil built up around the BBQ. The best way to remove it is with a little elbow grease and good scrubbing brush. If your wooden deck is stained or painted, avoid using any detergents that may strip the finish (always do a test patch first). If the stains are really set in you may want to look at using a high pressure hose.

Weathered wood

Australian summer can wreak havoc on a wooden deck. Strong UV exposure and rain can fade, crack, and rot wood but it can easily be restored to its natural beauty with a bit of TLC. Preparing your deck for a recoat can be a time-consuming process to do it properly. It requires preparation, choosing the right decking oil to match your timber and a professional approach to application.

Deckoration!

Is your outdoor area still looking a little old or boring? If cleaning and recoating isn’t enough, try adding the final touches with furniture and potted plants. This might be just what you need to spruce up your outdoor area. New furniture like a sun bed will give you a reason to spend more time outdoors and plants can make the area feel more alive. Be sure to choose plants that require only the care you’re prepared to give!

The appearance of any outside space can be improved with a little attention. Remember our safety tips if using any chemicals to clean and if the job looks too big to handle on your own call your local Hire A Hubby on 1800 803 339 or visit the website www.hireahubby.com.au.

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