Deck Maintenance: How to Clean, Paint & Care For Your Decking Properly

By Bob Gorman posted 10-10-2019 02:49


Decks are a super popular way to make additional space in your home. Everyone enjoys sitting outside with kids and friends. However, decks can get damaged due to weather conditions. Therefore, deck maintenance is vital to prevent damage. In this article, we will show you how to clean, paint, stain, and seal your deck.

The state of your decking

Before you begin with your work, it is vital to check the condition of your decking. That is the only way to determine how to approach the job. If you have newly laid decking, you should leave to weather for approximately six months before you stain it. It will allow the new stain or paint to penetrate and adhere to your deck correctly. On the other hand, if it is over six months old or painted previously, there are a few options. The wood can be stripped to bare wood, or you can replace it entirely.

Timing for decking

Doing your decking twice a year is highly recommended. Prepare it in the spring for summer months, and do the same process in the autumn for a cold winter. It is essential to consider the weather forecast. Please don’t do anything while it is raining. Also, it would help if you avoided scorching weather because the sunshine can cause the product to dry quickly and prevent it from being fully absorbed into the wood.

Clean and prepare your deck

Cleaning your deck thoroughly of all dirt before applying sealant is mandatory. Take care of all spaces between deck boards with a power washer. The water can also be beneficial to dilute chemicals that came into contact with grass or plants. Use bleach-based products to destroy mildew, as well as acid, to eliminate graying. However, before you start cleaning, read the warnings carefully, especially regarding chemicals. In most cases, the stronger the compound is, the less scrubbing will be needed. When it comes to cleaning, you can all work with hands using the essential scrub brush.

Paint or stain your deck

Some people choose to paint their decks with deck paint. Even though it is entirely legit, most people are choosing other options, such as deck stain for pressure treated wood, or a lightly stained finish. However, if you decide to paint, it is wise to use stain-blocking oil first. The very best finishes are those that soak into the wood, instead of heavily pigmented variation which may peel. There are a few essential factors you have to look for in a finish. First of all, it has to be water-repellent or waterproof and to offer UV protection. Finally, if mildew could become a problem, the finish has to contain a mildewcide.

Sealing the deck

Once the area is dry, you can start sealing your deck. Keep in mind that you have to protect the grass, plants, air conditioners, and other items from the sealant. There are a few options – brushing, rolling and spraying the sealant. Spraying is definitely the fastest option, but at the same time, the hardest to control. Furthermore, sealants can are either water-based or oil-based. And some of them contain stain. In that case, it is wise to try it out first to make sure it matches your expectations. The quality sealant should also include sunlight protection. And again, take care of your plants since direct hits of spray can do massive damage.

All these steps that we mentioned are put in the exact order. Hence, it is vital to clean your deck and watch the weather forecasts before doing any work.