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Wood Deck Maintenance Steps

If you have a deck on your home, you most likely enjoy being able to use it to enjoy the outdoor weather. Before using your deck during the warm season, it is best to take the time to do some maintenance so it stays safe and looks nice. Here are some instructions to follow in doing simple routine maintenance to your wood deck.

Cleaning Your Deck

Take the time to clean your deck regularly to keep it clear of debris. If debris stays on the wood surface, it could alter the coloring of your deck and moisture can become trapped underneath the material. This could cause decay to the wood surface. Sweep your deck to remove leaves, pine needles and twigs. Use a pressure washer or garden hose to remove caked on dirt and embedded grime from between the wood planks. Once a year, use a deck cleaner with a pressure washer to remove stains. After applying the cleaner, scrub by hand with a bristle brush, and rinse completely.

Making Deck Repairs

Visually inspect your deck for any signs of wear before using it for the season. Start underneath the deck and look at the connections to your home. Tighten all fasteners and check for areas where flashing appears missing or bent and replace if necessary. Take a look at the boards on the deck surface for areas that appear rotten. Test suspect areas by pushing a screwdriver against the wood. If the tip of the screwdriver pushes into the wood, it will need to be replaced. If there are any nails popping out of the wood, tap them back into place with a hammer.

Staining Your Deck

Add a new coat of deck stain once every two years to keep your deck looking new. This can be painted on the wood boards or applied using a sprayer. If spraying, place a piece of cardboard against the house as you spray so the coloring does not apply to the side of your home. Start on the inside of the deck and work your way out, staining with the grain of the wood planks. Use a paintbrush to even out areas where too much stain is applied, in corners and in between the planks.

If you are adding two coats of stain for a richer color, apply the second coat while the first is still wet so that it sticks to the wood. If you wait until the first coat dries, the coloring will not seep into the wood, altering the color you get as a result. Add a coating of weatherproofing over the stain to help seal in the color and seal out the moisture. To learn more, speak with a business like Hallmark Waterproofing Inc.