Wood decks provide outdoor living space. All of the walking and playing that happens on a deck wears down the finish, so every few years a deck must be re-stained. To make the stain adhere to the wood properly, the deck must be clean and smooth. Applying a borate solution can help protect the deck from mildew and algae and keep the wood from rotting.
List of Items Needed
- Pump sprayer
- Wood cleaner
- Stiff-bristled brush
Sweep any excess debris off the deck. Remove as much dirt as possible so that the next step is easier.
Mix wood cleaner with water in a bucket as recommended on the package. Pour the mixture into a pump sprayer. Wood cleaner is designed for use on outdoor decks and fences.
Spray the deck with clean water through a hose before spraying on the cleaner. Pump up the sprayer and coat the deck with the cleaning solution.
Wait 10 minutes and then begin scrubbing the deck with a stiff-bristled brush. Rinse the dirt from the deck with clean water.
Mix up a solution of borate and water in the bucket. Pour it into the sprayer and coat the deck with the solution. Do not rinse the solution off the deck; allow it to soak in and dry.
Allow the deck to dry completely for two to three days. Sand any rough areas that remain before applying stain.
Tips and Warnings
- In areas where a large bristle brush cannot reach for cleaning, like around railing and stair posts, a nylon brush attachment on a rotary tool will get into those small places and scrub them clean.