Wood Deck Cleaning & Restoration

Wood deck restoration is a comprehensive process designed to revitalize and rejuvenate an aging or weathered wooden deck. Over time, exposure to the elements, moisture, UV rays, and foot traffic can cause a deck to lose its color, develop cracks, splinters, and become susceptible to mold and mildew growth. Here’s an overview of the wood deck restoration process:

  1. Inspection and Assessment: The process starts with a thorough inspection of the deck’s condition. The technician will assess the state of the wood deck and decide if it is a good candidate for a restoration. The technician will then explain the different finishes that can be applied to the wood to reach the desired look.
  2. Clearing and Preparation: The deck is cleared of furniture, plants, and any other items that obstruct the restoration process. Loose debris, leaves, and dirt are removed from the deck’s surface.
  3. Cleaning: Depending on the level of dirt and grime buildup, the deck is cleaned using a pressure washer or a scrubbing brush. Cleaning agents or detergents may be used to remove mold, mildew, and stubborn stains. The cleaning process also opens up the wood pores, making it more receptive to subsequent treatments.
  4. Stripping Old Finishes (If Necessary): If the deck has previously been coated with paint, stain, or sealant, old finishes may need to be stripped to ensure proper adhesion of new coatings. This step is typically performed with a wood stripper or deck stain remover.
  5. Sanding: After cleaning and stripping, the deck is sanded to smooth out any rough or splintered areas. Sanding also helps to open the wood pores and improve the deck’s appearance.
  6. Brightening and Neutralizing: A wood brightener or neutralizer is applied to the deck to restore the wood’s pH balance and remove any remaining stains or discolorations.
  7. Sealing or Staining: This is a crucial step in the restoration process. You can choose between:
    • Deck Staining: If you want to enhance the wood’s natural appearance, deck stain is applied. It comes in various colors and opacity levels to suit your preference.
    • Deck Sealing: If you prefer a clear finish that highlights the wood’s natural grain, a clear or semi-transparent deck sealer is applied. Sealer provides protection against moisture and UV damage. Multiple coats may be applied for better durability and longevity.
  8. Finish and Drying: Once the stain or sealer has been applied, the deck is left to dry thoroughly, typically for at least 24 to 48 hours. Proper drying ensures a durable and attractive finish.
  9. Regular Maintenance: To prolong the life of your newly restored deck, regular maintenance is essential. This includes routine cleaning, inspection, and reapplication of sealer or stain as needed, typically every 1-3 years, depending on the climate and deck usage.