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Spring Deck Prep Tips
By Chris Spewock
Its finally spring! Time to move out the patio furniture and get ready
to enjoy the great outdoors.
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 years
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? 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
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 decks finish. Products like Wolman?
DeckStrip? 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
decks 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 its 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?
RainCoat?, 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 wont have to apply a new coat
Preparing your deck for spring will protect your investment in it and enhance
the enjoyment of your outdoor living space. For more information on Wolman
wood cleaners, strippers and water repellent finishes, call the companys
technical service department at (800) 556-7737. Or, visit the Wolman web
site at www.wolman.com
for more helpful deck care tips.