A decked area is a perfect space to entertain family and friends during the summer months. However, no matter how presentable the rest of your garden is, dirty, algae-stained decking isn’t the most inviting.
There are many solutions for keeping your decking clean and regular cleaning will help the job be less hassle the next time around.
Prepare The Area
Before cleaning your decking you should first prepare the area. Remove anything that could get in your way such as potted plants and furniture then sweep over the timber to remove any debris, leaves or twigs. This will give you a clear space to ensure a thorough clean without any obstacles.
If any of your deckings is broken this is the ideal time to make the repairs. Whether it’s split boards, splintering or uneven edges, a clean deck will look unfinished if any necessary repairs aren’t made.
Washing Your Decking
Use either a garden hose or pressure washer to clean any particularly muddy or dirty areas. Begin at one end of the deck and continue until the entire area has been thoroughly rinsed.
If you are using a pressure washer on your decking it’s important that you know how to do so properly. Incorrect use can result in damage to your timber area. You should always hold the nozzle around 2ft above the deck.
You can then make a soapy mixture to clean and cleanse your decking. This solution can be made with a special cleaner, or just with washing up liquid. Use a long-handled brush with stiff bristles and scrub your way across the entire area. Upon completion, rinse the decking with a garden hose to remove the cleaning solution.
Algae Removal and Prevention
Washing your decking can make mould and algae worse. Treating your decking with a specialist cleaner or a diluted bleach solution (1 part bleach to 4 parts water) can help to prevent the mould or algae growth after you have cleaned the area.
Pour the mixture onto the affected area and leave it to sit. If the mould or algae is fresh, you will only need to leave it for around 5 minutes. However, if it has been there for a while then allow the solution to sit for around 15-20 minutes.
Following this, use a long-handled brush to scrub the area and then rinse, leave to dry completely and repeat as necessary, as it keeps the solution away from your face and skin.
Seal The Decking
Once all of this has been completed, you can apply a wood sealer to help protect your decking. There are a lot of sealers on the market and they often contain different properties – these can include waterproofing agents or mildewcide.
Clear any debris from your decking that may have accrued whilst it was drying and apply the sealer according to the instructions on the label.
Everyone wants their garden to look bright and colourful ready for the summer months, and giving your shed a bit of TLC is a great place to start. Preparing your shed for summer doesn’t need to cost the earth. We’ve put together some of our favourite ways to spruce up your shed.
Paint Your Shed
Wooden sheds are vulnerable to weathering, and therefore need treating periodically. Wood treatment can protect your shed against rot and helps to make it waterproof. To brighten up your timber shed and to add an extra layer of protection, why not paint it a colour that compliments your home and garden? If you feel like getting creative, you could even paint it with more than one colour.
It’s important to ensure that any damage to the shed has been repaired before painting and that the wood has been properly treated.
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Spring Clean The Inside
Most sheds are ridden with cobwebs, spiders, dust and gardening debris. Take some time to clear out your shed, taking care to either donate or throw away anything that is no longer of use to you. Once you’ve emptied out the contents, you can begin to wipe, dust and hoover the interior of your garden shed. Whilst you’re there, you can even add a lick of paint to the inside walls and a rug to protect the flooring.
Taking the time to clean, and make your shed interior look nicer, can give it a whole new lease of life by making it look lighter, and feel bigger.
Hang Your Equipment Up
Even after painting and cleaning the inside and outside of your shed, if you just go and throw all of your tools and equipment back in there, it’s not going to feel clean and tidy. Hanging your tools from heavy-duty hooks not only clears floor space but prevents them from falling over and getting damp on the floor.
Hanging your tools up also makes it easy to find exactly what you’re looking for every time you enter your shed.
If you have a lot of smaller items that you want to save from getting lost, you can also install a selection of wall-mounted baskets.
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Add Plants And Feeders
Moving back outside, if you’d like to make your shed look more attractive you should consider adding some floral touches. Adding raised planters, hanging baskets and bird feeds to the exterior of your shed can work wonders. Plant or hang flowers that complement your brand new shed colour, and use bird feeders to ensure that there is always plenty of nature in your garden.
Buy A New Shed
Lastly, if you have a really old, drab looking shed, that needs more than just a clean and a paint, then why not invest in a new one?
Sunningdale Timber are experts in providing sheds that cater for all of your timber needs. We can work with you to create a bespoke shed that is ideal for your garden size, stays within your budget and meets all of your requirements.
Contact us today on 0116 2312876 for further information, or get in touch through our online contact form.
Most people purchase a garden shed to use as somewhere to store their gardening equipment, bikes and a collection of dusty outdoor toys. However, in recent years, many people are seeing the potential that these structures have and are converting them so that they provide more than just storage space.
If you are fortunate enough to avoid rush hour traffic to work from home, then creating a space that is peaceful, and away from any distractions might be suited to you. Working from home comes with many benefits but a lot of people struggle to stay focused throughout the day due to distractions from the tv, household chores, or just lack of motivation due to not having a practical work environment.
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To save being hunched over a laptop or PC in your living room or kitchen, converting your shed to provide you with a quiet space where you will be undisturbed could be the answer. Adding lighting, charging points and a desk, along with your own decor preferences could provide you with the ideal space to work from home.
Looking to keep the kids out of your hair for a few hours? Transforming your shed into a play haven for your children is the perfect way to keep them out of the way, whilst also staying safe due to only being at the bottom of the garden. This gives parents some the opportunity to tackle some day to day tasks, or even sit down for a couple of hours of quiet time.
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Plastic toys and storage boxes tend to take over the home of families with young children, and you may find yourself spending the majority of your time clearing up after them. However, by converting your shed into a play space for them helps to keep the clutter out of the home. A playroom doesn’t just have to be for the kids, just add a dart board or table football and you have entertainment for adults or teenagers as well!
Whether you like to keep dogs, rabbits, guinea pigs or even chickens, a shed can convert into the perfect space to keep your pets. With room to move around freely, a shed will protect them from the elements and also from the threat of neighbourhood predators.
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If you are creating a home for your pet in your shed, it’s important to take climate control into consideration so that they are safe and comfortable during the warmer or cooler times of the year. You should also consider adding a doggie door so that your pet can come and go as they please.
If your hobbies involve making a bit of mess, the idea of getting everything out and then packing away again afterwards can be enough to put you off in the house. Using your shed as a workshop means that you will have a dedicated space whereany accoutrements can be stored without intruding into your wider living space.
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Here at Sunningdale Timber we design and manufacture a whole range of high-quality structures that can help you to make the most of your garden space. Whatever use you have in mind for your shed in Leicester or the surrounding area, we can suggest the perfect thing. So call us today on 0116 231 2876 or fill in our online contact form and we will get back to you as soon as possible.
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With winter coming up, it’s important to make sure your shed is going to be able to withstand whatever weather Mother Nature throws at it. We’ve compiled some of the most commonly asked questions surrounded how to prepare your shed for winter, how to weatherproof your shed, and so much more. So take a look and see if your question has been answered…
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