We took ourselves off to Lowe's and bought a bottle of Olympic deck cleaner because we'd heard that it is the one that works. It requires a separate sprayer, but the only one they had in stock was $40 and held 2 gallons. Way more than we needed or were willing to pay. So we just bought a little $10 garden sprayer instead. Problem solved.
We started by clearing everything off the deck and giving it a dry scrub with a hard bristled brush. You can see in the areas by the garden hose and under the chair that algae and mildew have turned the wood green. These are areas that rarely get direct sunlight, so it's tough to dry them out.
It rained the next day so we're delayed on sealing it. In fact we haven't had nice enough weather since then (except when we're at work during the week, of course.)
How about a little side-by-side before and after? Quite a difference, isn't it?
We also bought a Big Boss X Hose that I'm sure you've seen on TV. The one that expands when you turn the water on and contracts back when you turn it off. This thing is so great! Look how tiny it is! (Don't worry, that grody little table is hitting the road - it's falling apart all over the place.)
Using the X Hose is so much easier than lugging the regular hose out over and over again. We water the grass every time the dogs pee in an effort to slow down the damage they're doing to the lawn, so the hose gets uncoiled many times a day. Now it just takes a minute or two. And the blue colour is kind of cute. I want to get another one for the front tap now.
Do you have one? What do you think of it?