How to Prevent a Slippery Deck

How to Prevent a Slippery Deck

Keep your deck from getting slippery this fall with these effective tips.

The ideal weather conditions will provide you with the perfect deck experience. That said, none of us can control the weather, and sometimes we’re left with less-than-ideal conditions. Poor weather conditions can make it difficult to enjoy your deck, but they can also create a potentially dangerous situation, leaving many to wonder how they might be able to prevent a slippery deck.

If you want to get more use out of your deck but have been struggling when trying to find anti-slip solutions, we’ve got some great tips. There are all kinds of options out there for every deck owner. If you want non-slip coatings or effective methods of cleaning a deck, one of these tips is sure to help you prevent a slippery deck and enjoy your deck just that much more.

Create Drainage Solutions

The first step if you want to prevent a slippery deck is as simple as making sure your deck is draining properly. There ought to be gaps between each of your deck’s boards, allowing rainfall to drain away, which in turn prevents algae that would cause slippiness. If dirt builds up enough and prevents drainage, you’ll notice your deck gets slick quickly. Use a screwdriver to dislodge any debris that might be preventing drainage.

Sweep Your Deck Regularly

Debris on the surface of your deck will also cause moisture to build up. An easy, regular preventative measure you can take is to sweep your deck, particularly in the fall when leaves are coming down and getting trapped on decks. Sweep up your deck, and you can prevent it from getting too slippery!

Do a Deep Clean

If you’re still having issues, it may be time for a deep clean. For a deck, that usually means scrubbing it down to remove algae and mold with an appropriate cleaner. You could also mix vinegar, water, and baking soda and mop your deck with that. Let it sit, then scrub, then hose it off. 

If the grime runs really deep, you may want to rent or invest in a power washer, which should help remove some of that debris that’s sticking no matter what else you do. Pressure washing is quick and simple so simply follow the instructions that come with your machine.

Use Non-Slip Coatings

If you have a wood deck, consider applying a non-slip stain or paint after you’ve done your deep clean. There are even methods out there for adding sand directly into a sealer or stain, giving you a bit more grip on your deck’s surface. If you don’t have a wood deck but still want to prevent slipping, consider adding anti-slip mats, tape, or strips for any hot spots that are particularly dangerous.

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