How To Clean, Seal Or Stain A Deck

Sun, rain, and snow can affect your deck. Learn how to test wood and clean your deck, as well as paint the deck and apply sealants. You can also check online to get more information.

Test the tree

 The water test is the easiest way to make sure the wood is absorbing the sealant or coating. Sprinkle water on the deck. If absorbed immediately, the deck can be sealed.

If water fills or stands on the deck, your deck probably doesn't need to be sealed yet. You can also contact deck cleaning companies in your area.

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Apply a deck cleaner

Ultraviolet (UV) rays penetrate the wood and cause gray hair. Wood deck cleaners can help remove dirt, nail stains, mildew, and mildew.

If your deck is not new, always use detergent before coating. Inadequate preparation is the number one cause of deck stain and seal failures. Don't skip this important step.

If you choose to clean in a pressure washer, follow the manufacturer's instructions for the type of wood cleaner and the distance between the nozzle and the surface to be cleaned.

A fan tip is the best choice for avoiding wood carving. We recommend that you wash and press an inconspicuous part of the deck or rail before cleaning.