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Cleaning a Deck

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Cleaning a Deck

Regular cleaning of your deck will keep its appearance in tip-top shape and will help minimize deterioration.

4 Steps

  1. SCRAPE OFF LOOSE FINISH
  2. SCRUB THE SURFACE
  3. APPLY CLEANER
  4. POWER WASH DECK
SCRAPE OFF LOOSE FINISH

Step 1

SCRAPE OFF LOOSE FINISH

Remove loose paint or opaque stain with a paint scraper. Scrape down damaged areas to bare wood. Then sand each area to feather the edges of remaining finish material down to bare wood.

SCRUB THE SURFACE

Step 2

SCRUB THE SURFACE

Use a stiff bristle brush to remove flaking stain or dirt. Don’t use a metal-bristle brush on cedar or redwood because the metal bristles may scar the soft wood.

APPLY CLEANER

Step 3

APPLY CLEANER

Apply a deck brightener product to wood surfaces. Mix the product according to manufacturer’s directions. Work the brightener into the wood with a stiff bristle brush, using an extension handle on the brush, if necessary.

POWER WASH DECK

Step 4

POWER WASH DECK

Wash the deck surfaces to remove brightener solution and other residue, using a power washer with a fan spray nozzle. The extra pressure of this tool is necessary to adequately clean the deck. Let the deck dry thoroughly before applying new finish. Be careful power washing cedar deck. Use the low power setting to avoid damaging the wood.

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Project Details

Skill Level: Beginner

Time: 1 hour

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