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How To Clean, Paint and Protect Your Decking


Now you’ve got your decking set and ready to go we now need to give it that extra little bit of TLC so the British weather doesn’t take its toll on all your hard work.

Today we’re going to take you through the different steps from cleaning it to finishing it – so you can completely sparkle up your timber flooring.

When to care for your decking

To keep your decking looking wonderful all year round you should care for it twice a year – in the spring ready for summer and in autumn ready for the winter elements.

Keep an eye on the weather when you’re going to care for your decking as you do not want it too damp as the product you apply will not dry properly, neither do you want it too hot as the sun may cause the project to dry too quickly and not fully absorb.

Cleaning Your Decking

Before you start painting you need to give it a good clean. You can buy a decking cleaner and reviver which restores the wood back to its natural colour making your decking look brand new! Furthermore, it removes moss, algae and mould making it easier to paint and apply stains and oils.

Essential you will need

  • Decking Cleaner

  • Broom

  • Screwdriver

  • Sander (If necessary)

  • Pressure washer / Garden hose

  • Wellies

  • Gloves

  • Safety Goggles.

Step 1

Make sure the entire surface of decking is clear from objects. Start with a stiff broom to start sweeping the decking to get rid of dirt and loose debris.

Step 2

If your decking has previously been painted and you want to take it back to its natural state sand it down either using a belt or a palm sander – This only works with smooth boards and not grooved ones. Remember to always sand in the direction of the grain/deck board. Once sanded, clean the area so you can begin staining or painting your decking.

If you decide not to sand down your decking, pour the decking cleaner directly onto the deck. Apply it to a small, manageable areas.

Once the cleaner has been applied, start scrubbing it with a brush – leave for 15 to 20 minutes.

Step 3

Rinse the deking thoroughly with clean water for best results use a pressure washer or the jet spray setting of your hose.

A high powered pressure washer can cause the timber to rough making it harder to clean or treat in the future so to avoid this set the pressure at minimum level and do not put it too close to the decking.

Allow the decks to dry for at least 24 hours before applying stain or paint.

Preparing the Decking to stain, oil or paint.

You have several options when it comes to applying your decking paint or stain – you could use a timber brush, roller, paint pad or paint sprayer.

Today we will take you through step by step of how to apply decking paint or stain with a timber brush.

Shopping List

Depending on your chosen product;

  • Decking paint

  • Decking Stain, oil and protector.

  • Paint and varnish remover or white spirit.

  • Paint can opener

  • Paint Stirrer

  • Timber Brush

  • Dust Sheet

  • Decorating cloths and rags

How to paint, stain or oil decking with a paint brush

Now it’s time to finish your decking!

Step 1

So you have cleaned your decking and allowed it to dry, you’ve chosen the deck paint or stain and now it’s time

to give it a really good stir to make sure you get a consistent colour. Don’t shake it otherwise bubbles will form in the finish. Alternatively, if you’re using an oil or protective this should be shaken or stirred thoroughly.

Step 2

Start in the furthest corner to ensure you have an exit path and work your way back from the painted deck.

Start to work along the length of the boards with a large coating on your brush. Paint three to four boards at a time.

If applying a stain, only apply as much as the wood can absorb.

Step 3

Leave to dry and then apply further coats if necessary.

Step 4

When finished, remove as much of the product as possible from the brushed before cleaning them.

Now you’ve got a sparkling shiny decking! Remember to re-paint or stain your decking regularly, there are also a few quick and easy things that you can do to help ensure that decking looks its best for longer.

Sweep The Deck

Sweeping your deck will prevent leaf build up, which can leave marks on your decking causing timber boards to rot. Use a broom or a garden blower and/or vacuum to tidy them away.

Keep It Clean

Clean any stains or bird droppings as soon as you see them with a mild all-purpose cleaner, in fact washing down your decks regularly with this and a stiff brush will help extend the life of all softwood decking.

Remember to pop in to Thompson & Parkes and shop all the materials you need on our shopping list! We’re happy to give you any tips and help you find the right products for you, just ask!

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