TJ’s Tips - How to protect your decking

TJ’s Tips - How to protect your decking


Step 1: Collect all the necessary cleaning supplies, including:


Step 2: Prepare the area:

Remove any furniture, plants, or other objects from the decking. Sweep the deck surface to remove loose dirt, debris, and leaves.



Step 3: Clean the deck:

Put on safety goggles, rubber gloves, and protective clothing. Dilute the deck cleaner according to the manufacturer's instructions.

Step 4: Apply the deck cleaner to the deck:

Allow the cleaner to sit on the deck for the recommended amount of time (usually 10-15 minutes).

Scrub the deck surface using a deck brush or broom, paying attention to heavily soiled areas and stains.

Rinse off the deck thoroughly with a garden hose or a pressure washer, using low to medium pressure. Start from one end of the deck and work your way to the other, ensuring that all the cleaner is washed away.

Step 5: Allow the deck to dry:

Let the deck dry completely for at least 24-48 hours, or as recommended by the manufacturer. Ensure the deck is dry before proceeding to the next step.

Step 6: Apply the deck stain, oil or paint:

Choose a suitable product, based on your preference and the type of wood used for your decking. Follow the manufacturer's instructions for application and drying time.

Stir the deck stain, oil or paint thoroughly before using it. Pour it into a paint tray.

Use a paintbrush or roller to apply a thin, even coat to the entire deck surface. Start from one end and work your way to the other, applying the product along the length of the boards. Be sure to cover the edges and corners as well.

If desired, apply a second coat after the recommended drying time.

Step 7: Let the deck dry:

Allow to dry completely according to the manufacturer's instructions. This typically takes 24-48 hours, depending on the product and weather conditions. Avoid walking on the deck or placing any objects on it until it is fully dry.

Step 8: Final Clean up:

Clean your tools and brushes with soap and water, following the product instructions. Properly dispose of any leftover deck cleaner or staining materials according to local regulations.

By following these step-by-step instructions, you can effectively treat your decking and help protect it from the elements while enhancing its appearance.

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