But just think after five years down the line when your deck gets faded, wood turns gray, rotting starts, and more.
No need to panic!! To get the new look back you just need to keep some tools and do the cleaning and stripping.
Check The Deck Thoroughly Before You Treat It.
Scraping-off the Stain/sealer
The old finish residue should be scraped off properly from the deck and deck railings too. Semi-transparent or solid color deck stains the old and damaged finishes flake off with ease.
Don’t get confused with the details as the deck stripper does the work wonderfully. The rotten wood can also be handled with a screwdriver and the fibres on the surface will pull easily.
A. Deck Cleaners
These are formulated for cleaning the surface of the deck, be it a sealer or stain. Examine the deck boards properly and use a stripper on them and railings in the same manner. The stain finishes are easier to spot than the sealers which are hard to spot.
The deck strippers work wonderfully to lift off the old finish, stain/sealer.
B. Choosing The Deck Strippers And Cleaners
Old and loose stain and deck sealers are removed by deck strippers before cleaning and brightening them. These help in removing the old and applying the new.
Deck cleaners are of 2 types:
You can prepare a deck cleaner yourself with a simple DIY (do-it-yourself) technique. This works great for dirt and mildew and is also recommended by the US Department of Agriculture.
Take a bucket of 5-gal and the detergent and bleach should be added to water and the cleaner should be brushed onto the deck. After applying a finish, one should rinse thoroughly.
A detergent that contains ammonia should never be used as the combination of ammonia and bleach can react to form a natural gas.