Maintaining and treating wooden decks is hard work and ongoing. In fact, with South Africa’s extreme weather conditions, wooden decks need constant attention. It’s not easy if you’re not a professional in the field and can be very time-consuming.
There isn’t a right way or a wrong way to clean a wooden deck; it all depends on the decking, aesthetics and architectural design. And, of course, budget.
Paint Pros offers its customers a specialty service for cleaning and maintaining wooden decks, using a professional team that has the training and expertise to keep your deck spotless and splendid all year round.
Johannesburg is all about sunny skies and braais, and we love getting together with friends and family. Make sure your wooden deck is looking its best by following these simple maintenance tips:
Always read the label of a deck cleaning product. Deck cleaners come in bleach and non-bleach formulas. Bleach cleaners are more abrasive and can lighten the wood, while non-bleach products gently remove dirt and grime without damaging the wood fibers or the wood’s natural color.
Sweep and wash down
Sweep all leaves and debris off the deck and then gently wash it down with tap water.
Mix your cleaning product according to how dirty your deck is; use less water if the deck is very grimy and hasn’t been cleaned for a long time.
Use a roller, deck spray or a bucket and brush to apply the cleaner. The products work better if you keep the deck wet.
Let the cleaner sink in and do its work for at least 15 to 20 minutes before giving it a good rinse off.
Always wear gloves when applying deck cleaning and wash your hands thoroughly when you are finished.
Apply a preservative or stain
When dry, apply a clear wood preservative or an exterior stain with a roller or brush. These products contain a UV protector which protects it from the elements and adds life to your wooden deck.
Allow 20 minutes for the product to penetrate the wood before going over the wood with a brush. This is called back brushing and is needed to give a wooden deck a consistent finish.
An exterior stain is either a water-based or oil-based product. It adds colour and deep-penetrating formulas repel water. Choose your product carefully.
Always wear gloves and eye goggles when using a wood preservative or an exterior stain.
Cover plants and grass around the wooden deck before starting the process.
Brush out any pools of preservative or stain so you don’t get shiny or sticky patches. Apply a double coat for good coverage and protection.
Stay off the wooden deck for at least two days to give it time to dry and settle.
Dispose of the rags and brushes you used as the chemicals in the preservative and stain are toxic for animals and children.
We bought an old house with the plan to restore it to its former glory. Thank you to Paint Pros – especially Gary – for surpassing our expectations.
– Linda Bekker
Thank you to PaintPros for my amazing wooden deck. Can highly recommend them!
– Bryce Cooper