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Spring is here and everyone is getting ready to start thinking about cleaning their decks.

Prepping your wood deck is the singular most important step when it comes to getting

 maximum performance out of your deck stain.  Failure to prep and your stain will fail faster then it should and will not give the wood it's natural beauty.


There are several ways that you can clean your deck to get it back looking great again.  Make sure that the deck is clear of all furniture and grills prior to starting.


Decide first if you should use a deck cleaner or a deck stain stripper.  Use a deck cleaner if the wood is gray and dirty.  If you have an old deck stain that needs to be removed then you should use a deck stain stripper as the deck cleaner it is not aggressive enough to remove stains.


Pre wet the deck first with water before apply a deck cleaner.


You can use a garden hose to pre wet the wood then use a garden pump up sprayer with a per carbonated cleaner that you mix with water or bleach (1 gal) to (3 gal) of water to apply to the deck to brighten it. Let it sit on the deck for about 10 to 15 mins then rinse off with water.  Wait a few days of drying then apply a deck stain of your choice.


Or you can use a power washer between 500 to 1500 psi to pre wet the deck first.  Then use a per carbonated cleaner or bleach and water to apply to the deck to brighten it.  Let it sit on the deck for about 10 to 15 mins then rinse off with water.  Wait a few days of drying and then apply a deck stain of your choice. 


Again if it is new wood we recommend you let it sit for one season so you will not trap moisture in it when it is sealed. Or below 18% moisture content.


Now your deck will look great!


Hoping this will help all of you!


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Very nice article on cleaning a deck!  I think cleaning is most important in maintaining a deck.  A big mistake many make is apply more finish without cleaning, and staining over dirt.  Then the dirt and the new finish react and create a barrier that even pressure washing won't clean up.  For this we often get down on hands and knees with angle grinders using hook and loop sanding set up, followed by buffing.

Thanks Colorado Log Home Finishing!  It is truly all about the prep.



I've been using OxiClean on decks and outdoor wooden furniture to prep them. It is cheaper than the dedicated products, is environmentally gentle, is not too harsh on the wood, works quickly, and looks great. There are YouTube videos to help guide you through using it. OxiClean is good for lots of household cleaning projects. I know I sound like an infomercial, but I put it right up there with aspirin and baking soda among our miracle products.

Hi John,


Oxiclean is a great cleaning detergent also. As long as you rinse it throughly and wait 4 to 5 drying days before apply your stain of your choice.  This way you are not trapping moisture in with moisture.



To get a deck restored easily, using a low pressure power washer and getting professional results (100% old finish removal, no felting of wood, and PH balanced wood) you need to try Lovitt's Cleaner & Brightener Kits.  Each kit restores around 1000 square feet, it is a 2 step process, and only costs 40 bucks! 

The cleaner side of the kit is not a harsh surfactant or oxygenated bleach which damages wood, it is the only product on the market that is formulated the way it is, and is the product our professional log home restoration company, MM Wood Restoration & Protection has used with amazing results for over 16 years.

FYI:  Household bleach breaks down the lignen in the wood (which binds wood fibers together) and leaves the wood an unnatural color and incorrect PH.  This means any finish you use after that process will not adhere to the wood as good and will prematurely wear.

Try one of these restoration kits first, you will never go back to any other product, guaranteed.


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