One of life’s simple luxuries is an evening spent outdoors delighting in the warmth and soft breezes of the season. But time and weather can take a toll on porches, decks and patios, so consider these do’s and don’ts for your outdoor living space.DO pressure wash and stain wood decks every couple of years. DON’T use harsh chemicals like bleach on hardwood or natural stone, and avoid stiff wire brushes. DON’T sand unless necessary, but DO fix loose nails and split boards. DON’T forget to routinely check railings and stairs. To protect wood decks and porches, DO use a 2-in-1 product that stains and seals in one step. Natural stone patios generally DON’T require sealing unless you prefer a shiny, wet look. DO keep spaces clear of debris and leaves, which can trap moisture and cause mold and mildew. DO move furniture and rugs around once a year, especially in damp climates, to prevent moisture from settling in. DO put up some twinkly lights, relax and enjoy your outdoor space.
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Home Maintenance and Remodeling • March 9, 2023
How To Extend the Life of Your Outdoor Living Space
by Mike Fuchs
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