When it comes to taking proper care of your deck, there are several options to choose from. Most people consider staining their wood deck as a sure-fire way to maintain it, clean it, and keep it as durable and gorgeous as the day it was installed. Other people choose to strip it, paint and re-paint it as a chosen method of wood care decking.
The best way to take care of your wood decking is to follow these easy steps: First of all, you must clean off your deck of all debris, dirt, and dust. I recommend using a broom or leaf blower to remove all obvious debris. Next, you want to purchase a good commercial deck cleaner that will help remove mildew, oxidation (otherwise known as graying), and stubborn dirt.
Now, this next step only applies to whether or not you are going to strip and re-paint your wood deck. If you are going to re-paint it, you will need to get a good scraper and decking stripper (or turpentine) to remove all of the old paint. First, do the laborious task of scraping all of the stubborn paint off, and then start applying the decking stripper and watch as the stubborn paint starts to bubble up and become removable. Now, take the scraper and remove the paint loosened by the decking stripper, you’ll soon be ready to paint.
If you were not choosing to repaint your deck, then ignore the paragraph above. The next logical step for you would be to apply a stain or oil of your choosing. Leaving your wood deck bare after a good cleaning is simply not enough maintenance. Staining or painting is highly recommended.
It’s crucial to take care of your deck for several reasons. The most important reason is safety. If you do not care for your wood deck, it will rot. Rotting wood is extremely dangerous and inviting. For one, rotting wood is weak at certain points. These certain points may not be visible to the naked eye, so if you were to have guests over, they could end up falling through your rotting deck! Rotting deck wood is also an open invitation for bugs, critters, and rodents to burrow inside or otherwise. The thought of these rodents taking comfort in your deck is worrisome.