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Old 07-14-2002, 07:33 PM
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Green "slime?" on lower deck

Today I was coming down the stairs from my upper deck to my lower deck when I slid on some green, what I would call, slime, and fell. I really caused some painful damage to my ankle. My question, so this won't happen again, is what can I use to get rid of this stuff and what is it?
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Old 07-20-2002, 08:58 AM
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Sounds to me like you might have alge growing. Are there any trees that overhang that part of your deck? I have a tree that hangs over mine and I have the same problem. You can buy commercial deck cleaning products like Thompson's Deck Wash. That's what I used. The next time though I will probably use bleach water because that is exactly how the deck wash smelled. Is your deck treated or painted? If so you will want to make sure whatever you decide to use won't cause damage to the finish. Hope this helps and I hope you heal quickly. Barb <><
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Old 07-21-2002, 04:19 PM
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I agree with Barb, it is probably algae. We bought a house that had a deck that the previous owner "didn't believe in treating". It was black. I got some deck wash, put it on with a scrub brush and hosed it off. Couldn't believe that it looked like new when I was done. We treated it with Thompson's or any like product, and it will last for awhile. It is harder to do the first time, but then if you don't let it get so bad it is easier the next time. Good luck,shari
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Old 07-21-2002, 08:09 PM
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When I was growing up my Dad always used bleach water to clean that slimy stuff off of the deck. I'm not sure what it is. It does look like algae. I was thinking it was the same stuff that gets on our vinyl siding and my husband uses bleach water on that too. Like mildew or something maybe?

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Old 07-22-2002, 04:50 AM
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Just wanted to add that I think it is mostly dirt that clings to the untreated wood that get porous and then the moisture turns it. If it is in a shady area, it gets this way quicker because the sun will kill some of it. That's why you treat it after it is clean, then it will repel some of the dirt and it won't cling or absorb the dirt. Ours lasted another year or so without scrubbing after we treated it.shari
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Old 07-23-2002, 01:07 PM
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My first two guesses would be algee or moss. Either way it's probably from some moisture on the steps. If I weren't the "Mother Earth" type I'd say diluted bleach water but since I know of the bad environmental/humane effects it has I won't suggest it. I know what I'd try but that might be SPAMing so maybe a call to a garden center that carries environmentally
safe products might be worth the effort. Good Luck! Robin
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