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After 11 years of professionally cleaning homes here on Cape Cod, it's safe to say we've seen it all when it comes to dirty homes - including cedar shakes, roofs and outdoor decks. Knowing what's on growing on your deck can help you identify the best deck cleaner for your dirty deck. It's good to know what's growing on your deck so you can troubleshoot any issues you're experiencing that could be related to it. For instance, perhaps you have black mold? It might be causing itchy, watery eyes, runny nose, sneezing and other mold allergy symptoms... but it really won't determine the type of cleaner you'll use when you're shopping with Wash Safe. The important variable there is what type of deck do you have - wood or composite? In our blog below, we'll make recommendations for the type of cleaner you need based on what type of deck you have. What's growing on it, if piled very high, might change a recommendation here or there so be sure to pay attention to what type of deck we mention.
GREEN ALGAE GROWING ON WOOD DECK
One of the most common offenders lurking on wood decks is green algae. Deck Wash is an easy to use deck cleaner that will clean & restore your deck without bleaching the wood.
LICHEN AND MOLD GROWING ON WOOD DECK
When lichen is piled high on a wood deck like this, you want to use a powerful agent like Wash Safe Supreme - our strongest, heavy-duty solution. It's the best deck cleaner for heavy mold and lichen. Supreme will clean that pile up without ruining the substrate that it's piled high on.
MOLD ON COMPOSITE DECK
Chalky black patches like this are black mold. Spots and stains caused by mold spores that are deep set within the pores of the composite decking can be removed with Spray and Clean Composite Deck Cleaner.
BLACK MOLD ON WOOD DECK
Black mold like this is alive and with open windows the spores can easily blow in through the windows, causing headaches, allergies and other health issues. Clean mold stains with Deck Wash.