But the husband and I realized we needed to reseal and clean up the deck. We hadn't done anything to it since moving in nearly three years ago and it sat, unloved for nearly three years before that.
This is what it looked like, after we'd taken the trash cans/tables/etc off.
We then took a long handled scrub brush and plain water and scrubbed to our heart's content. The stuff that came off was green and smelled. I was glad to bid it adeu.
(another angle, pre-cleaning)
The husband, scrubbing. We continued cleaning Friday night until 9:30 or so.
Behr was offering rebates this weekend and had the color we wanted.
We chose Barn Red and it came out a lot brighter than was pictured in store, but we'll see if it ages nicely in the next month or so. We have a semi-transparent (the red was solid) light brown we can brush over it, too.
And this is Sunday, after it dried overnight. We painted the benches and the lower step, seen in the center right, with older stains we had on-hand. The wood feels so much better and while some spots will need replacing or touch up, I feel much better about the heat of the summer doing its worst to the deck.