A deck is a great place for outdoor entertaining and relaxation. Cleaning and oiling an old deck is an easy and cost-effective way to give it a fresh new look.
Here is our simple guide to restoring a deck. For decks in need of serious repair, consult How to renovate a timber deck. For decks that require sanding, check out How to sand a deck. Decks might require sanding if your boards have excessive splintering, are very patchy or have become grey and dull.
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Clear your deck and remove any furniture or potted plants. Then sweep the area.
Now evaluate the decking boards to see if any of them are split or rotten, particularly around nail holes. Examine high-traffic and exposed areas carefully. Look for any edges that curl upwards and check for popped nails or screws.
This will help you decide whether you need to replace damaged boards or treat them using materials like wood hardeners. I also recommend replacing boards that can’t be re-screwed back into position.
Clean the boards.
Prepare the deck cleaner by following instructions on the label. Mix it using the bucket. Make sure you wear appropriate safety gear.
Use a garden hose to wet your deck. Now apply the deck cleaner with a deck scrubbing brush. Scrub vigorously. Allow the cleaner to sit as per instructions. Hose off the deck.
Clean larger decks one section at a time. Avoid cleaning hot decks or those in strong sunlight to ensure the cleaner doesn’t dry out too quickly.
Pressure clean the deck.
Pressure washers are great for removing dirt that has been deeply ingrained.
Pressure clean a small area first to get the pressure right. Go easy on decks made out of treated Pine as they can be easily damaged. Avoid pressure cleaning any decaying or heavily weathered sections.
Hose down your deck thoroughly after pressure cleaning to remove any dirt or grime that has been dislodged.