May Home Maintenance To-Do List

Using a pressure washer to clean a wood deck.
Using a pressure washer to clean a wood deck.

To-Do #7: Clean and Refinish Wood Deck

If the winter has left your wood deck looking worn and shabby, this is a great time of year to spruce it up for summer outdoor entertaining.

To refinish a wood deck:

    1. Spray down the deck with a commercial deck cleaner.
    1. Use a pressure washer or scrub brush to remove mildew and dirt. Be careful not to hold the pressure washer nozzle too close to the wood, and keep it moving to keep from damaging the deck.
    1. Replace any deteriorated boards, and reattach loose boards with nails or decking screws. Drive in any protruding nails.
    1. Use a rotary or belt sander to smooth rough spots to prevent splinters.
    1. Finish the deck with a solid or semitransparent stain, or a clear deck sealer. Apply the stain or sealer in a pump sprayer, saturating one area at a time.
  1. While the finish is wet, use a paintbrush to back brush the stain or sealer into the grain of the wood to provide a smooth finish.

Watch our video on How to Clean and Finish a Wood Deck to find out more.


  1. I was wondering if you needed projects for your TV show. I am a single mother of four children in Rhinelander, WI. I work full-time and have no family. My parents passed away 15 years ago. I know my dad would help if he were around! My home is 16 years old and needs lots of TLC, such as driveway sealing, more insulation, grass and roof help (lots of moss), repainting of front door, several vinyl siding pieces that need to be replaced, etc. I would appreciate any help you can give me. I am more than willing to help, but don’t know HOW to do most of these things. Thanks so much for considering my request.

  2. I wish you the best of luck Lisa!! This is a great post Danny. I recently helped my step father with a lot if these things and it can be a bit of a back breaking process if you don’t space them out. Another thing with summer is making sure your home is safe and secure with quality locks. I love summer but it can bring out some that are up to no good.

  3. I have a large bedroom floor approximately 12′ x 20′, half of the subfloor is wooden and the add on is concrete. Can I use real wood 5″ x 3/4″ planks for the entire coverage or do I have to use another type of flooring? My concern is that the concrete side will not allow the wood to acclimate.


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