I choose a product that would work specifically on mold and mildew (about $12 -- and there's lots left for future summers). I brushed it on in small patches and scrubbed it with this specific stiff-brush. (No wire brushes please! Those gouge the wood.)
It was hard work! But look at the lovely difference it made.
Because this product contains a bleach ingredient, you have to leave it for 2 days before you re-stain. Easy peasy! Two days in the lovely sunshine to dry and cure.
Then it began to rain gently all weekend. No re-staining! And the weather man said it would rain all week. Egads! What's a charming hostess to do?
Thank goodness for my wonderful boss. The weather changed (as it is wont to do!!), and yesterday the sun came out bright and hot. By 2 pm, the deck was once again dry; so Sandy took the afternoon off to stain her deck -- because it's rain again for the rest of the week.
And here she is, her lovely self, looking all pretty in teal.
And as you can plainly see, the weather man was not wrong. The rain has once more begun.
Fingers crossed for July 1st; it would be so nice to sit outside and enjoy her loveliness rather than on the sofa gazing wistfully out the patio doors!
I'm told that this will be a yearly occurrence -- dealing with not just the mildew but the usual wear and tear on a deck. Anyone out there with sage advice?