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Revitalise Your Deck

November 17, 2014

Is your timber deck looking a little tired and unloved? Rejuvenate your deck and give your outdoor area an instant facelift by following these three simple steps.

Step 1 Scrub the Decks

Start by giving your deck a good, thorough clean. Over time, leaves and debris can build up on your decking timbers and settle into the cracks between the boards. Often a good sweep with a broom is all it takes to remove dirt and dust that have settled onto the surface of the wood.

However, if mould has started to grow on the timber, or there are stubborn stains or oil spots, you might need to use something stronger to shift the dirt. A good quality decking cleaner can be used to remove grime, tannin stains and mildew, and will also help restore the colour of the timber. Most decking cleaners are simple to apply, and can be rinsed away with fresh water.

Still need more cleaning power? A high pressure hose can be used to power wash the timber boards and remove ingrained dirt. This method gives great results in a short amount of time. But a word of caution – make sure the nozzle of the high pressure hose isn’t too close to the surface of the deck, or you could damage the timber and remove the existing sealer coatings.

Once your timber deck is looking shipshape and squeaky clean, you’re ready for the next step.

Step 2  Deck Health Check

It’s time to give your deck a quick health check. Inspect the timber on top of the deck, and identify and repair any loose or broken boards. Decking timber that sticks up or is uneven can be a trip hazard, so it’s important to fix or replace any damaged boards before they cause an accident.

If possible, have a look at the structure underneath the deck as well. Make sure that the beams and timber posts are in good condition, as they need to be able to support the full weight of your deck.

Once you are satisfied that the structure is sound, go back to the top of the deck for one last check. Give the screws or nails a quick once-over to make sure they are all firmly fixed to the decking timber. If you find that some of the fixings have become loose over time or have started to protrude above the surface of the deck, then reattach (or replace) the fixings to make them safe and secure.

By carrying out these simple checks, you will be able to spot any little problems and repair them before they affect the strength of your deck.  We recommend carrying out a deck health check every six months to keep your timber decking in tip-top condition.

Step 3  Bring Back the Shine

The final step is to bring back the beauty of the timber and make it shine by applying a quality decking sealant. The sealant will not only bring out the natural lustre of the timber, but will also shield it from the elements and help to prevent splintering and cracking.

Choosing the right sealant is important, as you need to make sure that you use a product that is suitable for your deck. There are a variety of different sealants available, including water-based products, stains and oils.

For the tough weather conditions in Western Australia, we recommend using the Timber Decking Supply Shed Timber Restorer & Sealer, which is a long-lasting, waterborne sealant that has been formulated to withstand our harsh climate. Click here for more information about this product or contact us to place an order.

It is well worth taking a few minutes to apply a coat or two of quality decking sealant. Using a high-grade timber sealant will extend the life of your deck and help you get many more years of time relaxing in the great outdoors.

Ready for summer

If you follow these three simple steps to revitalise your timber deck, you will be rewarded with an outdoor area that looks fantastic and is ready for the hot summer months. All you need now is a comfortable chair and a refreshing drink, and you can sit back and enjoy the renewed beauty of your timber deck.