Will a Deck Get Damaged if it Rains Between Cleaning it and Sealing it?

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The first step is to clean the deck. A very simple and inexpensive method is to wet the deck, spray or scrub on a mixture of 1 cup TSP, 1/2 gal household bleach, and 2 gal water. Scrub it with a course, stiff broom. Then either rinse with a hose or power wash off before it dries completely on the surface. this works as good it not better than expensive deck cleaners. Note: When using a power washer, use a wide spray nozzle. Be careful not to be too aggressive with a power washer as it can damage the wood and leave divots.

Second, let the deck dry completely. This may take a day or two depending on weather conditions.

Third, apply deck stain. You can use any good oil or modified oil based deck stain. You can choose from transparent, semi transparent or solid. The most popular for older pressure treated decks is semi or solid. For cedar or redwoods, transparent or semi is favored. Usually one coat is enough, but on very porous or softer woods, two coats may be required...

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To make the space under my deck more usable when it rains, I've installed rubber screen spline between the seams on my composite deck and also installed gutters at the low ends to channel rain water away...The deck is built with a small slope, away from where it attaches to the main building...I can see that rain water does flow down the 'sealed' seams and into the gutters.

This has reduced the amount of water that flows between the deck seams to the lower 'porch' area by 98%...but there are still some areas where water will penetrate through the seams (small drips) instead of being directed away.

So I'd like to know what type of additional sealer (see picture below) - either a paint or a self-leveling fluid caulk I could apply into the seams (on top of the spline) to eliminate the small leaks that still occur in places where there are very small gaps between the deck boards and spline.

(Note - the screen spline was rolled into each seam and it sits about 1/4...

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Composite decks, such as Trex, are becoming more and more popular because they generally last longer than wood while never need to be painted, stained or sealed to endure the elements. However, Trex does generally require routine cleaning. It is highly recommended to proactively clean Trex before stains appear or when they are first noticed. Original Trex does go through an inevitable bleaching, fading - or what the Trex Company has referred to as the “Natural Weathering” process. The newer PVC "capped" composites are supposedly more resistant to stains and weathering, but still require routine proactive cleaning, generally with a basic soap, unless they have been...

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I like this thread. The fact that it has been around so long (over 5 years?) it would be great to hear from the originator and those posters who went with something.... After all, we are dealing with a long term condition, weathering, reaction, wear (or whatever) of several years and want our wood investment to endure for hopefully more than ten years. Todays date: Aug. 18, 2010.

I'm a landscape architect in the Pacific Northwest, west of the Cascades. It is wet for 8 months and desert dry for 3months. I recycled a cedar fence built 25 years ago last summer. This summer I am restoring a cedar deck and railing that was a restoration itself ten years ago. The posts and pressure treated joists were good, and still are.

For 30 years I avoided specifying finishes for wood for the very reason you have read (if you read them all) throughout this thread. I did not want to get into brand name, finish types, and "failure" hassles with upset clients. That is, until I joined the...

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In this episode of The Handyguys podcast The Handyguys discuss Ipe Deck Maintenance, how to clean it and keep it looking awesome.

Ipe Deck Maintenance

Brian’s Ipe deck looked great when it was complete. Eighteen months later is was looking a bit dirty. The wood was still in perfect condition, no checking, no splits or splinters, it was just a bit dingy. After a bit of maintenance it looked great again.

To keep the deck looking new it will take some annual maintenance.

The Handyguys recommend the following maintenance procedure for all decks:

Hose off any spills, mud, etc as needed. Don’t allow any items that rust to sit on the deck (propane tanks, metal furniture, etc). Sweep off any leaves

As needed thoroughly clean and re-oil the Ipe deck. This may be once a year or every other year depending on how much sun you get. over time the re-oil step will not be needed as often.

Ipe deck cleaning solution:

One Gallon warm water 1 cup...
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When you‘re getting ready for that first summer barbecue, you may think of cleaning the grill or your patio furniture, but do you ever give a thought to cleaning your deck? You should. Not only will proper cleaning keep your deck looking nice, it will help it last longer and reduce the amount of maintenance you’ll need to do for years to come.

Note: Before you get set up to start your deck cleaning job, make sure there is no rain predicted for the day. It can take several hours to dry completely.

Cleaning Your Deck

1. Clear the deck

The first thing you need to do is move your furniture, grill and other outdoor accessories off the deck so that you can easily get at the wood. If you can’t move them to another area of the house or yard, at least stack them in a corner.

2. Sweep the deck

Before you start lugging out the cleaning solution, you want to get all of the leaves, pine needles and loose dirt out of the way. Grab a shop broom...

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Why Should I Stain my Deck?

Let’s face it, no one enjoys spending time to stain a deck, but if your deck is advanced in years it usually requires some protection from the elements. The elements are not friends to your deck – the sun literally burns the surface of the wood and rain and snow inject the wood with moisture. Your deck gets more surface cracks or checks and the wood fibers pull apart from the constant expansion and contraction due to the changing moisture content. What can we do to limit the damage done by the elements? That’s where it’s important to learn how to stain a deck. Deck staining seals the wood to keep the moisture out, while still allowing it to breathe. It also serves as a UV inhibitor and reflects sun rays away from the wood.

Types of Deck Stains

There are numerous products available when looking at how to stain a deck, but you can group them all into three main types of sealers. (1)...

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Washing and refinishing a wood deck can bring it back to life.

Expert advice on how to clean, restore, refinish and maintain a wood deck, including protecting against wood rot, how to acid wash a deck, and apply a finish to decking.

A new wood deck provides a warm, handsome connection with the outdoors, adding to a home’s beauty and setting the stage for a world of outdoor activities. But wood decks take a lot of abuse, both from use and through continued exposure to weather. After a few years, without proper care, they become weathered and uninviting.

Fortunately, most wood deck surface problems are cosmetic, not structural, because decking is built of durable woods, usually redwood, cedar, or pressure-treated pine. Redwood and cedar heartwoods have a natural resistance to termites and decay; pine is pressure-treated with a pesticide to give it insect- and decay-blocking power.

Even so, ultraviolet radiation (UV) from the sun...

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Remember, no rain 24 hours before you apply stain and after the staining project. No more 23 jul 2008 i applied a cabot semi transparent stain on small deck and to dry the for few days, allow you your day off & then not rain it looks ok, but water is pooling some boards i'm sure how will always thoroughly rinse wood cleaner, stripper, brightener after each do this as soon are finished with stripping process while never apply during or if fore casted shortly. How long should i wait to paint a wet fence? Most common staining questions facebook. 101 wood deck restoration tips! the sealer. How soon after cleaning your deck can you stain or seal? . Staining a deck can feel like daunting task. Sometimes you just have to take a chance and hope for the best 2 oct 2004 if live in dry climate then do not wait long. 101 wood deck restoration tips! the sealer. Rain before or after how long do you wait moving furniture on the deck. If it hasn't rained after you built your deck then stain. A...

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Deck Cleaning

Remove Black Mold and Mildew Stains | Open Wood Pores | Prepare the Deck for Deck Stain | Nuetralize Tannic Acid | Remove Mill Glaze

If you have a wood deck, you know how much your deck can affect the overall look of your property. An old weathered deck can lower resale value and detract from the enjoyment you get from your home. When a deck is beautiful and well maintained it is a joy to be near, makes the whole property feel nice and keeps the wood from needing to be replaced. If you apply the right products you can maintain your deck indefinitely. With the wrong products deck maintenance becomes laborious, tedious and it just doesn’t get done, ending up in costly deck replacement.

Why do Decks need to be Cleaned?

If you want your deck to look its best and be truly protected it can be helpful to consider this: A deck sits outside, flat, horizontally exposed to the full elements all year. Additionally, it typically only gets one or two coats of...

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To ensure the absolute best protection and the best appearance for your deck, it should be maintained on a yearly basis. Decks take a tremendous beating from the weather and will deteriorate rapidly without proper care. We recommend a yearly powerwash and the application of another coat of sealer to keep your deck at its best.

Certain sealers use paraffin wax as a protective ingredient. If the sealer used on your deck contains this wax, you will see water bead for a period of time after the sealer is applied. Other sealers use oils as their protective ingredients. Although decks sealed with an oil-based sealer will not bead water, they are fully protected from any damage that may be caused by water.

All the chemicals used to clean and brighten your deck are environmentally friendly and will not harm your plants, children or pets. The sealers, howerver, will kill plants if saturated. We will do our best to cover all plants and grass before sealing.

When wood has...

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DEAR TIM: My wood deck needs to be cleaned and sealed. Actually, I have two wood decks; one is made from traditional treated lumber and the other one is cedar. Several contractors want to pressure wash the decks, but I am leery of this. In your opinion, what is the best way to clean a wood deck? Once clean, what is the best sealer? Is there a sealer that will really work well on cedar? Patricia R., Farmington Hills, MI

DEAR PATRICIA: Wood decks, like anything else left outdoors, get dirty and covered with algae and sometimes mildew. Several years ago, I had this happen to a car that sat in my driveway for months, as I was too busy to sell it. Who would think algae and mildew would grow on a painted steel car? Cleaning your wood decks will require a little extra work, if you want to treat them with care.

I do own a pressure washer, but I never use it to clean wood surfaces. High-pressure streams of water wreak...

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A beautiful wooden deck needs to be sealed every few years to keep it beautiful. In some climates it can need it as often as every season. Staining and sealing your deck will help preserve it against the elements and is part of regular maintenance. A regular schedule will do wonders for keeping it looking new, preventing fading, and keeping the wood from splintering. There are a few basic cost factors when it comes to staining and sealing a deck.

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Sealing vs. Waterproofing a Deck

When choosing between stain and sealer, deck professionals will recommend not to stain horizontal decks because cracking and peeling occurs more quickly because of the sun’s rays. In such cases, you might do a two-toned deck with stained railings and a deck floor with only sealer. If you stain the deck floor, you will need to reseal it every two years to prevent cracking and peeling....

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Step 1: Take your Time

With every step of the staining process, take your time. When the project is completed and your tools are cleaned and put away, nothing will have had a greater impact on the quality of the job. Take your time and allow new, pressure treated-lumber to weather for a few months and dry out before staining it. Leave stain strippers on the surface long enough to break down old finishes before you rinse it off. Take your time in order to prevent overspray and spills on non-target surfaces; wait to start your project until the weather forecast is favorable.

Step 2: Preparation, Preparation, Preparation

Old wood before applying wood cleaner After wood cleaner is applied, a foaming action begins to occur Before and after shot of wood cleaner application Rinsing off wood cleaner A scrub brush works best to work the wood cleaner into the pores of the wood

Preparation is key to the final results. All wood needs to be well cleaned before staining,...

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Put life back into your faded and weather-worn deck with a coat of waterproofing deck stain. These products are designed to restore and protect the wood from water damage, mildew and destructive ultraviolet rays. To enhance the natural beauty of the wood and keep it looking like new, apply the stain every three years. Weekend warriors who enjoy home-improvement projects can refurbish their deck in two weekends – prepare and clean the deck in one weekend and stain it the next.

Prep Work

Remove any deck chairs, tables, benches, plants, grill and all other moveable items. Use a leaf blower to remove surface dirt and debris from the deck.

Look for any screws that may be sticking up above the surface of the wood. If necessary, use a drill and remove the screws and then replace them with longer decking screws.

Poke an awl into any wood boards that appear to have some rot damage. If the damage is less than 1/2 inch, you can leave the board in place....

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