How To Maintain Your Deck

Watch and learn how to maintain your deck in this 3 part series. In this part 1 video, we’ll cover the 3 C’s of deck maintenance including: checking the condition, cleaning and completing simple repairs.

#1. Prep, Clean, Repair

  • Clean it right
  • Check the condition
  • Complete simple repairs

#2. Test It

  • The water test helps decide if you need to re-stain your deck.
  • Pour water onto your deck, if it beads up, then wait a few weeks to test it again.
  • The bleach test helps decide if your desk has mold or mildew.
  • Hold a rag with bleach on it to fuzzy gray or black areas. If the mark is gone, you have a mold problem.
  • The fingernail test helps decide if you need to treat your wood before you stain.
  • Press your finger nail into the wood. If it leaves an indentation, you need to treat your wood.

#3. Clean It

#4. Fix It, Repair any simple issues

  • Nails
  • Joists
  • Lumber

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