Maintaining Your Porch
The first step in maintaining a beautiful porch is to clean it regularly. Sweeping and vacuuming prevents the dirt from getting ground into the grain of the wood or scratching the surface of the floor. How often you reseal the floor is a matter of preference and the wear and tear your porch floor receives. But generally we have found that resealing is necessary every 5 to 7 years.
You will want to reseal with the same product that is already on the floor. Most of our porch floors are sealed with Porter Paint’s Penetrating Finish (Product 835). READ THE LABEL and FOLLOW THE DIRECTIONS.
It’s relatively easy. Vacuum the floor to remove the dust and pollen. Damp mop with a mild solution of vinegar and water. When the floor is dry, brush on the sealer being careful of lap marks. DON’T WALK ON THE FLOOR UNTIL IT IS COMPLETELY DRY. Drying time varies based on the weather.
Rescreen only as necessary. You will find that birds flying into the screen will cause holes, pets may rip them and kids love to push on them. Most of our clients call us when its time to rescreen. We can do it quickly and expertly.
Posts of pressure treated lumber will occasionally warp or “check” (a fissure develops down the post). This is normal and due to the expansion and contraction of the wood. There is no need to be concerned, the post is still sound. Another common occurrence is sap bleeding from knotholes. Again, this is nothing to worry about and is typical of many types of wood.
Mold and mildew on ceilings and walls can form in damp and shady environments. You can remedy this with a solution of water and bleach. Start with a 1: 4 bleach to water ratio. Strengthen as needed.
Caution: Bleach will discolor whatever is touches. Use protective measures for furniture and floors.
If your porch has a wood burning fireplace, have it cleaned regularly by a chimney sweep. Creosote builds up on the inside surface and can ignite, resulting in a chimney fire.