Power-washing and Deck Staining
Friday, May 3, 2013 at 7:05AM
Eric Welch in deck staining, decks

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This time of year, we get a lot of calls for people seeking to refinish their back deck. The stain is flaking off, mold and mildew have discolored the deck boards and have created a slick and unsightly surface to walk on. There are a couple of methods to remove mold and mildew and generally restore a deck to its original luster. 

  1. Pressure-wash with a cleaning solution like Deckwash from Sherwin Williams or Jomax.
  2. Strip previous coating of existing stain and reapply new stain. 

In the first example, a deck is power-washed with a bleach-solution. This will remove any dirt and grime in addition to mold and mildew from the deck. The power-washing will most likely raise the grain in the wood a little, so sanding is required. We like to use 80 or 100 grit sandpaper on an orbital sander and lightly scuff all of the deck surfaces. Not only will the sanding remove raised grain but will help the the new stain soak in evenly across the deck boards and railings. 

Always make sure to let the deck dry a day or two in the sun after power-washing before sanding or staining.

The second example, we are using a more drastic approach to the deck refinishing. Here, we are stripping the previous coating off and starting new. 

When to strip a deck? A: When the previous coating is peeling or wearing off unevenly. Or when switching from a solid-color stain to a semi-transparent stain.


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