decking - Knowledgebase Question

Question by jcash22
December 5, 2009
i would like torenew my deck.what can i do to refesh it up.

Answer from NGA
December 5, 2009


Periodic cleaning and sealing will keep your wooden deck looking nice for years to come. Begin by removing any large debris by hand and then sweeping the deck. Use a garden hose with a nozzle to spray the surface of the deck and rinse it clean. Or, you can use a power sprayer if you're careful. If you use a pressure washer to rinse the deck, leave a few feet in between the spray nozzle and the deck. If you hold the nozzle too closely to the deck, you will gouge the wood. If you use a garden hose, prepare a solution of sudsy water using laundry detergent or a commercial cleaner.

Apply whatever you are using for a cleaner to the deck using a long handled brush with stiff bristles or a push broom to scrub the deck. Begin at one end of the deck and work your way to the entire deck.

Rinse the entire deck with the garden hose to remove the cleaning solution. Allow it to dry. This may take as long as two or three full days, depending upon weather.

To seal the deck, purchase a wood sealer with a waterproofing agent and apply as directed. Once you have allowed the wood sealer to dry according to the directions on the label, replace the furniture onto the deck along with any other items that you wish to keep there.

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