Deck Restoration Guide

by Matt Mihalcin 09/29/2019

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

Matt Mihalcin

 My name is Matt Mihalcin and my specialty is residential homes in Arvada, Broomfield, and Louisville. These areas include The Broadlands, Arrowhead, Bradburn and Hays Lake Heights. Last year, my wife and I moved into the family-oriented Broadlands neighborhood. With a background in construction management, I will point out construction flaws in homes we look at. It's better to have a repair cost analysis when looking at a home than to waste time and back out of a purchase after the home inspection. I look forward to working with you!