Cleaning Checklist

image of tropical hardwood deck on cleaning checklist page


Deck Cleaning Product formulated for hardwood.
Deck Brightener Product formulated for hardwood (if preferred, there are products on the market that combine cleaning and a brightener into a one step process).
Water, Hose, Mop, and Bucket.
Broom and / or Brush (no metal brushes).

Step #1 – Clean the Deck

Sweep the deck until the surface is clear of debris (dirt and leaves).

Step #2 – Apply a Deck Cleaning Product

Apply a deck cleaning product formulated for hardwood and follow instructions on the label.


Scrub the deck boards with the grain of the wood.

Rinse the cleaning product from the deck and surrounding area thoroughly with water.

Step #3 – Apply a Deck Brightener Product

Apply a deck brightener product formulated for hardwood with a mop or sprayer and follow instructions on the label.


Dispose of clean-up material according to local, state, and federal regulations.

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