When you think about it, your decking goes through quite a lot. It endures Queensland’s hot summers, and wet winters. It stays strong underfoot of family, friends and pets. And every day it resists damage from moisture which causes mould, and dehydration which causes splintering.
It’s no wonder then, that after a bit of wear and tear, your deck may be looking a little tired. Fortunately, getting your deck back into top shape is easy and relatively inexpensive. All you need is some DIY skills and a good-quality decking stain.
Here are our top four tips for cleaning, and resealing your deck.
Tip 1: Choose Your Deck Stain Wisely
Deck stains come in variety of types and brands. Different stains suit different timbers and different environments. So it’s a good idea, when choosing your stain to ask your local hardware store’s staff-member, which stain is right for you and your needs.
To give you some idea, the four most popular deck stains are: clear stains, semi-transparent stains, solid stains, and semi-solid stains. Each have their own benefits, and their own unique look. Again, speak to your hardware store staff-member about which is best for your deck.
Tip 2: Give Your Deck a Good Clean
Before staining, remove any furniture, decorations, or outdoor equipment that you might have on your deck. Then using a strong, outdoor broom, give your deck a good sweep. This is to clear away any dust, splinters, grime and sand.
Additionally, there are a range of liquid deck cleaners on the market. These can be great for removing tannin stains, and some help to protect your deck from mould and grease. Whether you choose to use one of these products or not, will depend on the condition of your deck.
Tip 3: Check the Weather Forecast
Your decking stain will not dry properly if the temperature is too low. And because your stain will dry slower in cold weather, it is vulnerable to falling dust and debris for longer. Also should it rain, your stain will be washed away, forcing you to start from scratch.
So when planning to reseal your deck, check the weather forecast, and be prepared to postpone your project if the weather turns bad. We recommend planning for a long weekend, so if you’re washed out one day, you have another two for back up.
Tip 4: Regularly Reseal Your Deck
The best way to protect your deck is with a regular reseal. How often you should do this will depend on your deck and your environment. If your deck is protected by the shade of a patio, or foliage it will need to be resealed less often than if it is constantly exposed to straight sunlight.
Other factors include the type of timber used in your deck, as well as the quality of the wood. Pet-owners may have to reseal more regularly, as will home-owners who host lots of parties and outdoor events.