1. Clean the deck.
Sweep the deck until the surface is clear of debris (dirt and leaves). Use a pole sander equipped with 80-grit paper to remove any furriness caused by washing.
2. Replace any missing or popped nails and screws.
Replace protruding nails with deck screws slightly longer than the nail. If a nail only slightly protrudes, you may do more harm than good trying to pull it out.
3. Apply a deck cleaning product.
- Apply a deck cleaning product formulated for hardwood and follow instructions on the label.
- Rinse the cleaning product from the deck and surrounding area thoroughly with water.
4. Apply the sealer or stain.
- Apply a deck stain product formulated for hardwood with UV inhibitor and color of choice (follow instructions on the label)
- Use a roller to apply the sealer to the decking, covering three or four boards at a time. Use brushes and small rollers for railings, planters, and benches. Don’t let the sealant dry or puddle. Two thin coats is better than one thick one.
- Wipe/clean off excess product that is on the surface of the deck (typically 30 minutes after application)
- This is an important step in the process as excess product can create sticky and shiny spots on the deck
Remember to apply the stain or oil in the proper weather conditions. Avoid applying it in direct sunlight, windy weather or in 30 degree or more temperatures, and be sure there is no chance of rain for the next 24 hours.
Always follow manufacturer’s instructions as listed on the product label and in any accompanying literature.