If you’ve been neglecting the maintenance of your deck and you have a party approaching, you’re probably a bit stressed about how you’ll be able to get your deck ready, while planning the big event.
There’s no need to worry, in most cases, you’ll be able to accomplish a few deck maintenance tasks that will have your deck as good as new, in a few afternoons.
Unlike building your deck from scratch, there are a few simple things you can do to prep your deck and outdoor space for the ultimate backyard party. Below you’ll learn the exact steps you need to take, so your outdoor deck is inviting and comfortable.
The first thing you’ll want to do is inspect the surface of your deck. The last thing you want is your guests tripping over loose nails and weak boards. You’ll also want to check any guardrails and supports to make sure nothing is loose. If you haven’t done any deck maintenance over the years, then you might find a few issues that’ll need addressing.
If the wood is splintering, then make sure you sand down and precarious spots. Also, hammer or screw in any nails that are sticking out, or are no longer functional.
Depending upon the state of your deck you may need to replace boards that have cracked or warped.
With any existing issues are now taken care of it’s time to clean the deck. Start off by sweeping the area and following with hosing off your deck. You may want to use a pressure washer depending upon how much built up dirt and grime you have, but make sure the material your deck is made of can withstand the pressure.
You can also consider applying a wood soap or cleaner to the area. However, you’ll want to double check that the soap you’re using won’t damage the wood. If you are using soap, then make sure you apply it during a cloudy day, so the sun won’t end up baking the soap.
You’ll want to make sure you allow the proper amount of time for your deck to dry. Depending upon how hot it is where you live you may have to wait a couple of days for the surface to completely dry, and you can move onto the next step.
Depending upon the last time you stained your deck and the kind of foot traffic it gets it might be time to add a new layer of protection. You can do this either through a deck stain, or some kind of sealer.
Make sure you set aside a few days so you can properly prep the surface and allow time for the stain to dry before use. To prep the surface of your deck you’ll want to give the entire surface a light sanding, this will make it so the stain can be more readily absorbed.
To apply the strain you may want to use a roller, as well as a brush to apply it to the cracks. Once you’ve applied an even coat over the entire surface it’s time to let it dry for a few days.
Once your deck has properly dried it’s time to bring out the decorations. Your outdoor deck is now totally ready for any parties or gatherings you’re planning.
Bring out your deck furniture, umbrellas, barbecue, and any other decorations you’re going to be used to entertain your guests.
If you have any questions about refurbishing or preparing your outdoor deck for summer festivities, then reach out to our team of professionals today.
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