Courtesy of PlanItDIY.com
Before you start staining your wooden deck, take some time to make the necessary repairs and clean the deck boards. You’ll be glad you did when you see the finished results. In this first video in our 2-part series on deck maintenance, we’ll show you the basics of repairing and cleaning deck boards.
- Remove rotted boards.
- Mark the new boards in place with a pencil and cut to size. Wear eye protection.
- Use 3-inch deck screws to secure the boards in place.
- Clamp warped boards down and add more deck screws.
- Tape plastic sheeting to areas surrounding the deck.
- Sweep off deck.
- Spray deck stripper to remove any old stains.
- After 20-30 minutes, scrub the deck.
- Rinse the area with a high-pressure hose. Many local hardware retailers rent these. Work along the boards in pendulum motions.
- Apply a wood brightener.
- Deck Stripper
- Rubber Gloves
- Pressure Washer
- Stiff Bristle Brush
- Spray Nozzle
- Wood Brightener
- 5/4 Replacement Deck Boards
- Cordless Drill
- Exterior Deck Screws
- Plastic Drop Cloth