The days are getting chillier, and the big barbecue season has come to a close. Your deck has served you well as a gathering spot, picnic place and a cozy area for just chilling out. But the summer’s humidity may have set your deck up for invasion by ugly growths. Moss, green algae, black algae, lichen, or mold and mildew can infest you deck’s surface. This will make it look terrible, smell musty or become dangerously slippery. Some growths can even permanently damage your deck. Wet & Forget Outdoor will help you fight back against these growths, while barely lifting a finger! Wet & Forget Outdoor’s gentle formula works with the wind and rain that we have so much of this time of year to defeat these growths and leave your deck gorgeous and ready for next year’s barbecue season. Read on to find out how.
Moss and other Deck Damagers
If your deck doesn’t look like it should, ugly growths may be to blame. Moss is a green, carpet-like simple plant that can completely take over your deck if left unchecked. Moss can grow on almost any type of decking, as long as it has moisture and a little sunlight. Moss is not only ugly: its root-like structures can dig into some types of decking, particularly wood, and cause permanent damage. If you see moss on your deck, stop it in its tracks with Wet & Forget Outdoor!
If your deck has smooth green or gray/black stains that seemed to come out of nowhere, you’re probably dealing with an algae problem. Green algae grows well in moist, shady areas, and black algae’s dark protective capsule. This makes it able to grow in even the sunniest spots. Both can ruin your deck’s appearance, and can make your deck dangerously slippery.
“Mold and mildew” is what we call fungal growth. This nasty fungus has a musty odor and can become slippery. It can grow on any part of your deck where there is moisture and shade, including outdoor furniture cushions. Mold and mildew leaves outdoor furniture cushions a stained, ugly mess, and can even cause permanent damage to the fabric.
Lichen is a scaly growth that comes in many colors. It can grow on any type of decking, and can be difficult to get rid of. Lichen grabs on to surfaces, and severe lichen infestation can cause pitting on some types of decking.
How to Clean Your Deck with Wet & Forget Outdoor
You may have turned to bleach or pressure washing to clean your deck, but these methods are no match for Wet & Forget Outdoor. Pressure washing is a hassle that leaves a muddy mess behind. On top of that, it does nothing to prevent the re-growth of any of these stains, and can knock loose a downspout or piece of decking. Bleach is a caustic chemical that can stain or eat holes in furniture cushions. It can even speed up wear and tear on some decks, and kill your lawn. And, despite its harsh, caustic nature, bleach doesn’t prevent the re-growth of these stains, either.
Wet & Forget Outdoor wipes out moss, black algae, green algae, lichen, and mold and mildew on all types of decking with no scrubbing, bleaching or pressure washing needed. Whether your deck is wooden, composite, vinyl or metal, Wet & Forget Outdoor wipes out these disgusting growths without harming your deck’s surface. That’s because Wet & Forget Outdoor’s gentle, pH-neutral formula works with the wind and rain to remove ugly growths over time, and keep them from coming back for a year or more in most cases. Most of the country sees plenty of wind and rain this time of year, which makes it the perfect time to apply Wet & Forget Outdoor!
- When applying the Wet & Forget Outdoor Concentrate to your deck, mix 1 part Wet & Forget Outdoor with 5 parts water in a pump-up garden sprayer. For large deck surfaces we recommend using Wet & Forget Rapid Application with the flat fan attachable hose end tip.
- Spray your deck with the diluted Wet & Forget solution when the temperature is above freezing, and at a time that allows 4 to 5 hours’ drying time before the threat of rain. If you’re treating moss, be sure to saturate the moss thoroughly to allow the Wet & Forget to reach down to the moss’s root-like structures.
- Relax, and let Wet & Forget Outdoor annihilate ugly deck growths!
- Re-apply once a year, or at the first sign of re-growth.
Photo courtesy of D Griebeling.