Does your inground pool deck look like mold or mildew is taking hold? Can you see moss growing? If you answered yes to either of these questions, we’re here to tell you there are some steps you can take now to improve the look of your pool decking.
Winter can really do a number on your pool deck. But now that springtime has sprung, it’s time to get outside and apply some elbow grease. Some TLC now will prevent further damage and will make your pool area look more inviting.
You can either take these steps yourself, or hire a qualified pool deck professional. These are general directions that apply to most concrete, stone and paver pool deck areas.
Pressure Wash Your Pool Deck
The first step is a deep clean to wash away grit and grime, mold, mildew, and moss. Pressure washing your pool deck will yield amazing results. If you have your own pressure washer, you can use it. Otherwise, you can rent one. Gas pressure washers are more powerful, and you can get the job done more quickly. Just be sure to use the proper PSI for the surface. Of course, you will want to remove any patio furniture, plants, etc. before you begin power washing.
- Give the surface a once over with the pressure washer, to get rid of any leaves or surface debris. Be sure to work from the pool coping outward, so you don’t wash debris or dirty water into the pool.
- For stubborn stains, you can apply a little liquid chlorine and brush it in with a scrub brush. Let it set for about 5 minutes.
- Pressure wash the whole area once more, again, moving away from the edge of the pool.
- Admire your clean pool deck!
Seal the Pool Deck After Power Washing
Once the pool deck is spotlessly clean and dry, (this may be the next day), you can seal it. This will protect it from future growth of mold, mildew, moss and algae. The sealant will take approximately 24 hours to dry, so make sure you check the weather forecast.
You will need several things to seal your pool decking, including:
- Sealant (You may want to ask your pool or patio professional for recommendations)
- A stiff bristle brush
- A pole mounted paint roller
How to Apply the Sealant
You will want to roll on the sealant one small section at a time. Try to work from one far corner to the opposite corner, being careful not to block yourself in. Evenly apply the sealer in long, overlapping strokes. Once you are done with the first coat, allow it to dry the recommended time and apply a second coat. Allow the second coat to dry for 24 hours before walking on it or moving furniture back, If the weather is especially humid, you may want to wait more than 24 hours.
Maintaining your pool deck will allow it to look better and last longer. It’s a win-win.