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How can I make outdoor cushions water-repellant? Answers to your home questions

If your home’s exterior is in need of an update, here are some simple tips to transform it beyond recognition and boost its value.

How’s your deck looking after the long, cold winter? Yeah, we thought so. Never fear: Lou Manfredini is here to help. The TODAY contributor and host of “House Smarts” stopped by Studio 1A to answer viewer-submitted questions about their decks and outdoor patios. Read on for his suggestions on keeping your outdoor space safe, dry, and beautiful.

I noticed some slime growing on her backyard wooden deck and I want to know the safest way to get rid of it.

“What you have to worry about there is that things can get slippery,” Manfredini explained. “This is a big problem in particular with wooden decks and synthetic decks.”

There are a few sprays you can try to kill the moss and help keep it at bay. First, try Concrobium Mold Stain Eraser, available at hardware stores and home centers for $19.99. Mix a potion of the “eraser” with warm water and give it about 10 minutes to percolate. Then, simply take a scrub brush and apply to your deck. Within 24 hours, the slime will go away. (And it’s not harmful to plants, pets, or to you.) For the long term, try a product called Wet & Forget, available for $26.99. There’s no scrubbing required, and it’ll keep your deck free of slime.


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