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If you build a deck with Trex decking, it might not be as maintenance-free as you might think. Large patches of white fungus and different species of mushrooms have been found growing on the underside of the decking.

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Dark spots of composite decking, such as Trex decking, might be a mixture of algae and mildew. Cleaning Trex decking with oxygen bleach can remove most of the spots. Composite deck flooring is not maintenance free.

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There are many considerations when selecting wood deck stain. Deck stain products are available in two styles - penetrating and film deck stains. Deck stain colors are also a choice you have to make. You need to clean your deck prior to applying decking stains.

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Tim Carter tests three different deck stains on his dock. He is trying to discover which deck stain works best and the correct way to apply the deck stain.

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Is there a proper way to clean a deck? Do you use a pressure washer, scrub brush or a green-cleaner, such as oxygen bleach? Each method has it's advantages. Discovery if a power washer or oxygen bleach is how to clean a deck.

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Tim Carter demonstrates a epoxy fortified deck stain and sealer that contains synthetic resins. Unlike other deck stains, this sealer stain doesn't contain natural oils that become food for algae and mildew.

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Cleaning a brick patio can make a big difference in the look of your backyard. This AsktheBuilder.com video shows you how to use oxygen bleach to make quick work of brick cleaning projects and other patio cleaning jobs. 

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Deck cleaning is an annual chore for many. Deck sanding and cleaning happens to those people who choose to use wood-damaging pressure washers. Cedar deck cleaning and sealing is now easy with oxygen bleach and a special epoxy sealer for cedar.

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