Freshen Up That Deck and Protect it From the Sun and Water

Freshen Up That Deck and Protect it From the Sun and Water

If your wood deck looks more like a pile of wood than an inviting setting for an afternoon barbeque, chances are it could use a little rejuvenating. Start by washing the deck with a solution of one cup of powdered laundry detergent in a gallon of hot water. Add a cup of liquid chlorine bleach if mildew is present. Severely neglected decks will require a more potent commercial deck bleaching product. Look for one which contains oxalyic acid. Use this in combination with a power washer which can be rented from your local tool rental outlet or paint store. Finish the job with a coat of high-quality oil-base deck stain or clear wood finish. A product that contains UV inhibitors will offer added protection from the sun’s harmful ultraviolet rays.

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