Maintaining a Wood Deck

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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Further Information


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.


  1. What about clear staining Under Deck
    With “Wood Life” leaving edges stain free?
    Some boards on my deck are retaining moisture.


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