Step 1 to prepare your deck for spring-Remove everything from your deck.
You want to make sure that your deck is as bare as the winter trees. Resist all temptations to leave the patio furniture and other large objects on your deck.
Step 2 to prepare your deck for spring-Power wash your deck.
If you don’t own a power washer, a really good sweeping should do the trick. You could always rent a power washer for under $30 from one of the large home improvement stores. Once your deck is clean and dry you’re ready for the next step.
Step 3 to prepare your deck for spring-Apply mold & mildew removal/prevention cleaner.
Here you have a few options. Do your research and see which product you believe will work best for you. Read product directions carefully before applying. Once the deck wash/mold & mildew remover is dry you can continue on to the next step.
Step 4 to prepare your deck for spring-Lightly sand your deck.
Before you begin sanding, you want to make sure the weather man did not call for any precipitation. If it rains at all during this process you will have to start all over again (power washing and sanding). I know it’s tempting to go rent the biggest floor sanding machine to get the job done faster, but in reality these large sanding machines can’t reach everywhere. Your best bet is to use a palm sander, belt sander, and a sanding sponge wrapped in sand paper. And don’t forget your safety goggles and respirator. If you are even the slightest bit unsure about how to complete this task it’s probably best to call a professional.
Step 5 to prepare your deck for spring-Stain your deck.
You can almost hear the laughter and chatter of friends and family enjoying food fresh from the grill that you prepared on your newly stained deck. But first you’ll have to apply the stain. For decks, you will want a thicker stain, which will help protect it better. Clear coats and light stains are just a waste of time (unless you are staining a pergola, arbour, or something similar in size). Be sure you are using the proper stain brush. The last thing you want is to have to stain your deck twice!
Step 6 to prepare your deck for spring-Clean all items that were previously removed from your deck before putting them back.
This step is often overlooked. If you just put your furniture and everything else back on your deck, there is a possibility that they could have mold. This mold could then spread right back onto your deck causing you to return to step one!
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