How to Restore a Deck

by Gail Stone 08/25/2019

The best way to clean a deck is to follow the right steps. Each of the steps involved in restoring it is essential, so you should not skip any of them.  The pressure washer eliminates stains, dirt, and mildew while the stripper removes the previous finish.  The wood brightener cleans the wood further and balances your deck chemically.  So, it is essential you carry out all the steps involved in the restoring your deck. Here are the steps to follow:

Deck Cleaning 

The first step is to get the floor cleaned. Remove everything you have on it to enable you to have proper preparation for the deck treatment.

Tighten screws on deck and replace board

Once you have carried out the first important step, you can now easily notice the nails or screws that are not in position. Identify any loose piece of wood, railings, or board secure them in place with screws. 

Sand deck 

Neglecting a deck for a long time would require the use of a sander to restore it.  Take this step only if the decking needs it. 

Deck Washing

The best way to get rid of dirt on your deck is by pressure washing. Use a pressure washer that has a wide-angle tip to get your decking cleaned from any grime or dirt.  And, make certain it is dry before applying any finish.

Use a Deck Cleaner

Once you have pressure washed your deck, consider using a deck cleaner. This procedure is important because your surface must be very clean when trying to revive your deck with a finish.

Use Wood Brightener 

If you have not achieved the desired level of cleaning, you can repeat the cleaning process with a wood brightener. Wash Deck again You need to remove all the cleaner and chemicals from your deck at this stage.

Check if the deck is ready for sealer 

How do you know if your floor is dry enough? An easy way to see if you can apply a sealer to it is by pouring two or three spoonfuls of water in a part of the deck that is not obvious. If it absorbs the water quickly, within eight to ten minutes, it suggests that it is ready for sealing.  

Apply deck sealer 

Apply a deck sealer once your deck is dry enough. 

The steps involved in restoring your deck are simple; follow the procedure above and make sure you don't skip any of the tips to achieve the desired result. If you would like a more professional touch, contact a professional deck contractor to help you take good care of your deck and bring it back to life.

About the Author

Gail Stone

Dedication, knowledge and her 'beyond the call of duty' approach enables Gail to sell successfully both to the first time buyer and the experienced seller. Her honesty and perseverance have served her clients extremely well. I am proud to say I have been with the firm since 1985 and have been a Stamford resident for 34 years. My former careers have been a high school math teacher and a computer programmer. I love helping people with their housing needs and feel I am able to help them maximize their purchases and sales.