While a backyard deck is an exceptional addition to your home that is designed for relaxing and entertaining, it also must receive regular care. Its overall condition and longevity are dependent on you taking steps to clean it periodically as well as to seal it for protection against the elements. If you are preparing to complete a deck staining and protecting project, there are a few important facts to keep in mind before you get started.
The Prep Work
The application of stain or sealant can restore the beauty of your deck, but you should not rush into this steps. If you apply a fresh coat of sealant or stain to a dirty surface, the result will not be what you were hoping for. In some cases, the dirt and debris will show through from underneath the sealant. In other cases, the stain or sealant will flake off as the debris is dislodged. This can create an uneven or patchy look to your deck. You can see that the most important first step to take if you are preparing to stain or seal your deck is to clean it. Every inch should be thoroughly cleaned so that all debris is removed. Simply sweeping and hosing the deck off are not effective ways to produce the necessary level of cleanliness. Instead, you should plan to scrub the deck hard by hand before sealing it. A much faster alternative to scrubbing the deck by hand is to power wash the deck.
The Time and Energy Required
Cleaning the deck is only the first step in the deck protection and rejuvenation process. Deck staining and protecting also requires the application of a stain or sealant. You will need to determine the best product to use for this project based on the product’s finished look, longevity and other factors. Stains and sealants can be difficult to work with. They can be sticky on your hands as they dry, and they may be difficult to clean off of your skin and tools. While staining or sealing a deck may seem easy enough to do on your own, many people unfortunately find that the project requires much more time and energy than they anticipated.
Taking great care of your deck over the years requires you to clean and stain or seal the deck annually. In fact, a good rule of thumb is to tackle this project each spring once the weather warms up. Rather than try to do this work on your own, consider outsourcing the project to a professional wood rejuvenation team. You can expect a professional service provider to tackle the pressure washing project and to apply a quality sealant or stain afterward.