How to Maintain a Wood Deck

It’s important to regularly clean and refinish a wood deck to keep it looking good and prevent the wood from weathering or deteriorating over time. Here are some tips to get you started:

  1. Clean the deck using either a pressure washer or deck cleaner.
  2. Sand any splinters or rough spots and hammer in any nails that are protruding.
  3. Apply an exterior stain with a roller or sprayer. Back brush the wet stain so it penetrates deep into the wood.

Watch this video to find out more.


  1. what kind of exterior stain do u use i need some for deck and outdoor wood play set?? i have used thomas and it doesnt work very well ??

  2. Hi Danny:

    Two questions:

    1. How do I know that it is time to wash/treat my cedar deck?
    2. Which cleaner would you recommend (I was told to avoid pressure washing as it hurts the grain of the wood..)? Thanks.

  3. Is there any oil that you would suggest on a newly stained desk that seems “dry” It gets a lot of sun and we would like to preserve it. We used a “solid stain” by Benj. Moore and it is not suggested to use their “clear coat” yet which would give it a nice luster.

    Thanks for the info. I plan to check with the manufacture, but I would value other’s comments

    I will be staining my new deck so I have been checking your videos on how to do this.
    My deck is high as it is an extension of the second floor. Do I need to stain underneath the deck also?

    • Hi, Theresa! There’s no need to stain under the deck, but you can do it (if you want) to keep the underside looking great and ensure the wood is protected.


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