Consider these deck care tips when considering how to maintain a wood deck.
- Rearrange your outdoor furniture, including planters, toys, and grills, on a regular basis to prevent sunlight from causing mismatched color patches and water accumulation beneath them.
- Natural-fiber rugs and mats should be avoided because they can trap moisture. Plastic and synthetic materials are less likely to have this issue.
- To discourage moss, mold, and rot, trim nearby bushes and trees to at least 12 inches from the deck.
- If your inspection reveals warped or raised boards, use an orbital sander to level them with the surrounding boards.
- Consider a lower proportion of water when mixing a cleaning solution for extremely dirty wood for a more concentrated cleaner.
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While using multiple containers of the same stain or color product, combine them in a bucket to ensure uniform color. Consider using a pump sprayer to apply a waterproofing solution. Allow the waterproofing solution to cure for 24 hours after applying it directly to dry boards. Fill any cracks with wood filler, spackle, or caulk prior to actually sanding smooth. Most composite decking does not require sealants, but it can be stained with composite-specific products to restore or improve its appearance.
Creating a long-term maintenance schedule for inspections, cleanings, and refinishing as needed can be part of learning how to maintain a wooden deck. Wood deck maintenance can keep it looking good and reduce the likelihood of having to replace the entire thing.
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