To properly maintain a wood deck, it needs to be cleaned and refinished from time to time. Here’s how to go about it:

  1. Apply a deck cleaning solution using a pump up sprayer.
  2. Allow the solution to work for the recommended time.
  3. Clean the deck using a scrub brush or power washer.
  4. Rinse off the cleaner using a garden hose with spray attachment.
  5. Allow the deck to dry thoroughly.
  6. Apply a clear deck sealer or deck stain to the wood.
  7. Allow the finish to dry thoroughly before using the deck.

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A wood deck needs to be cleaned regularly to maintain its integrity and beauty. Apply a deck cleaning solution to the wood after it’s damp with a pump up sprayer, and let it work for several minutes before you begin work.

You can use a stiff scrub brush or a pressure washer to clean the surface. If you use a pressure washer, be careful not to gouge the wood with a stream that’s too narrow or too close to the surface. Once the deck is dry, apply a clear sealer or a stain to protect the wood and delay the need for the next cleaning.

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Danny Lipford is a home improvement expert and television personality who started his remodeling business, Lipford Construction, at the age of 21 in Mobile, Alabama. He gained national recognition as the host of the nationally syndicated television show, Today's Homeowner with Danny Lipford, which started as a small cable show in Mobile. Danny's expertise in home improvement has also led him to be a contributor to popular magazines and websites and the go-to source for advice on everything related to the home. He has made over 200 national television appearances and served as the home improvement expert for CBS's The Early Show and The Weather Channel for over a decade. Danny is also the founder of 3 Echoes Content Studio,, and Checking In With Chelsea, a décor and lifestyle blog.

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