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How do I clean a deck and outdoor furniture simultaneously?

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To clean a deck and outdoor furnishings simultaneously, add 1/2 cup chlorine bleach to a gallon of water in a sprayer attachment or garden sprayer. Spray the deck and furnishings, then clean the items with a scrub brush or cloth before rinsing thoroughly. This method of cleaning can be completed in an afternoon.

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  1. Remove fabric cushions from furnishings

    Remove any items that aren't being cleaned, including potted plants, fabric cushions and outdoor cooking equipment, from the area before spraying the cleaning mixture. Cover nearby plants and landscaping features with plastic sheeting before cleaning the deck with chlorine bleach.

  2. Spray the bleach and water solution onto the deck and furnishings

    Saturate the deck and outdoor furnishing with the bleach and water solution. Allow the deck and furnishings to remain wet for 5 minutes.

  3. Clean the deck and furnishings thoroughly

    Use a broom or stiff brush to remove stains and dirt from the deck, then wipe outdoor furnishings with a soft cloth.

  4. Rinse the deck and furnishings

    Use a garden hose to rinse the deck, outdoor furnishings and the surrounding area with cold water. Wash nearby plants with clean, cold water after using bleach outdoors to ensure they aren't damaged by the cleaning solution.

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