Welcome to the latest installment of my “All decked out” series of posts. The topic? A part of the home where the great outdoors and the green indoors meet: your patio, porch, lanai, deck, terrace, or whatever you might call it. So far, I’ve recommended outfitting your outdoor space with eco-friendly planters
, non-gruesome bug traps
, alfresco eatin’ and drinkin’ wares
, decor items
, low-impact lamps and lanterns
, eye-catching watering cans
, outdoor chairs
for dining and relaxin', and eco-swings and hammocks
as well as outdoor sofas
ideal for optimum lounging.
I'm switching gears today to hawk eco-friendly cleaners meant to rid wood decks of built-up grit and grime, mold and mildew, and unsightly stains resulting from BBQ mishaps. The key here, whether you buy a commercially available formula or make your own with oxygen bleach
, is to avoid chlorine beach
and instead opt for a biodegradable wood cleaner that won't contaminate groundwater and/or harm vegetation when it's rinsed off of the deck.
These cleaners may not have the same potent sanitizing powers — and may require using a bit more elbow grease on your part — as a chlorine bleach-based product but they won't overly fade your deck and compromise the health of your family, pets, and the planet. And according
to Tom Silva from This Old House
, you should take it easy when it comes to using a popular deck cleaning tool, a pressure washer, since they can ultimately damage the wood.
Below I've listed a few biodegradable, non-chlorine bleach wood deck cleaners. Do you have any pointers for a successful, eco-friendly deck cleaning session or a preferred eco-friendly product? Tell me about 'em in the comments section.
Wolman DeckBrite Wood Cleaner & Coating Prep @ ePaintStore.com
($10.79, 1 lb)
Biowash Simple Wash @ ecohaus
($14.99, 1/2 gal; $27.49, 1 gal)
Corte-Clean Composite Deck, Dock & Fence Cleaner @ Corte-Clean
Simple Green Deck and Fence Cleaner @ Ace Hardware
($13.29, 1 gal)