Best way to clean algae from wood???

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Old 01-08-09, 11:26 AM
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Best way to clean algae from wood???

I have wooden steps going up to the front door of my house. They are turning green with either algae or mold...not sure which. What is the best way to clean this? I'll try to attach a picture. Thanks! -Brad
 

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There are deck cleaners and sealers available at home centers. Clean and seal the wood.
 
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You can slow that process by sealing the ends of cross-cuts of deck boards with a paraffin wax based product. Also, that style of baluster attachment holds water against the ledger - as a result the baluster and the ledger at the point of contact often rot out more quickly than the rest of the deck. Not a lot you can do about it at this point, but something to keep in mind when you rebuild.
 
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You can mix bleach and water [no stronger than 50%] and use that solution to clean the wood. When your ready to restain, have some extra mildewcide added to your stain.
 
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Over the years, posters here tend to not to recommend paraffin-based sealers. Rather, they favor penetrating sealers, particularly Cabot's and Sikkens.
 
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I my experience such sealers do not adequately protect the crosscut ends of deck boards, and it's only in that location that I'm suggesting the use of paraffin based alternatives.
 
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