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Deck Prep Tips – How to clean, repair and prepare your decking.

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finally spring!  Time to move
out the patio furniture and get ready to enjoy the great outdoors.  

table, chairs and parasol on deck

But, before you do, make sure you clean, restore and
protect your deck so you can get the most out of it during the spring and
summer months ahead. Here are some deck prep tips from the experts at
Wolman Wood Care Products: 

Clean the deck thoroughly to remove embedded dirt, fungus stains and gray
surface wood with a formulated deck cleaner like Wolman
Deck & Fence Brightener. 
The weathered gray wood left behind from last year’s sun
exposure, black or green stains from mildew, moss and algae, or
brown-black tannin bleed common on new Cedar can ruin the look of your
deck.  Even newly built decks
can require cleaning to remove invisible surface barriers like mill glaze
on new Cedar or excess wax on pressure-treated wood. 
These invisible barriers can prevent the adhesion of protective
coatings, including colored stains and clear sealers. Wolman
â Deck & Fence Brightener, removes surface barriers, gray wood
surfaces and even the toughest of stains and restores the wood to its
natural beauty without bleaching or yellowing, like chlorine bleach can. 

Strip any deteriorating or unwanted finish.  If the colored stain on your deck has seen better days – or
if you want a different look – now is the time to strip your deck’s
finish.  Products like Wolman
â DeckStripâ
Stain & Finish Remover remove both oil and latex solid or
semi-transparent stains and clear finishes and prepares the wood for the
reapplication of protective finishes and stains. 
Deckstrip works fast, and can strip years of multiple coatings
buildup in 15 minutes. 

Once the wood is restored and your deck is rid of any surface barriers or
unwanted finishes, it should be sealed with a protective water repellent
finish.  You may want to apply
a semi-transparent stain to enhance your deck’s appeal, or a transparent
finish to let the natural wood color and texture show through. But, even
if you are undecided on whether or not to stain – or on the deck color
– it’s important, at minimum, to protect it with a clear water
repellent. Water repellents stop spring showers from penetrating the wood
surface, which can cause swelling, shrinking, warping and cracking. 
Many water repellents, including products like Wolman
â RainCoatâ,
also contain a mildewcide that will impede the growth of mildew on your
deck during the warm months ahead.  Look
for products like Wolman RainCoat, that offer a guarantee on
water-repellent longevity, as they will provide longer lasting protection
so you won’t have to apply a new coat every year. 

Preparing your deck for spring will protect your
investment in it and enhance the enjoyment of your outdoor living space. 

How to restore the natural
beauty of decks and decking and how to
protect it in the future.




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