Are you wondering how to maintain your deck? As a homeowner, decks are an important part of your home’s property; it can act as a place to sit back and enjoy the weather during a warm summer day. Decks are also great for hosting events and outdoor occasions, where friends and family can get a lovely view of the backyard. However, after using your deck, the paint may begin to chip and dirt can start to look more noticeable. When you see these signs, it’s time to start cleaning!
Prep the Deck
Prepping your deck can be as simple as sweeping away dirt and debris that have covered the area. Before you sweep, we recommend removing furniture, pots and plants, and other materials that are occupying your deck. Once you remove the items, begin sweeping the entire area. Keep an eye out for any loose nails or boards that may need repair!
Cleaning the Deck
When it comes to cleaning your deck, there are some different ways you can approach this task. We suggest power-washing your deck for the best clean. Power-washing can remove debris between the boards for a more thorough cleaning. There are safe solutions that you can insert into the power-washing machine, which can eliminate discoloration and stains in the wood. We suggest that you set your power-washer on a low-setting, as to not ruin the integrity of your deck.
Staining the Deck
Once your deck has been fully cleaned and dried, you can begin the staining process. The first step is to apply a primer. The primer allows for the stain to soak into the wood for a better finish. Next, when choosing your stain, we recommend a clear or light colored stain to keep the natural beauty of your wooden deck. You also should consider stains with these characteristics:
- Water repellent or waterproof
- UV protection
- Mildewcide for wood preservation
Seal the Deck
The last step of the deck maintenance process is to seal your deck. The sealant can be brushed or rolled on, which provides full coverage over the area. Oil-based sealants are superior when it comes to sealants, as they can soak into the wood and protect the stain that you’ve applied. Sealing your deck can also protect your wood against the sun and prevent damage from the elements.
Basic maintenance to your deck can help it last longer and stay beautiful for years to come. Even though the steps we mentioned are an essential part of your deck’s upkeep, you may not have the time or experience to get the results you want. Put your trust in a professional for cleaning, staining, and sealing for the best results.
If you have more tips or tricks, we’d love to hear what you have to say in the comments below!