The Complete Guide to Removing Stains + Maintaining Decks, Patios + WalkwaysA spotless deck or patio heightens outdoor living enjoyment and elevates the aesthetic of your entertaining space. But after constant exposure to the elements, any surface, no matter how resilient, begins to lose its good looks. Whether your outdoor space is made of wood, composite, brick, stone or concrete, Joe is here to guide you on how to remove specific stains and perform routine maintenance on your surfaces to ensure they always looks as good as new.
Wood DeckingIt is inevitable that your once gleaming wood deck will eventually turn grey from sun exposure. North American woods (pine, cedar, redwood) benefit heavily from annual sealing to help prolong their rich color, and protect them from the elements. Tropical woods (mahogany, ipe) are more dense and oily, which means they do not require regular sealing. To maintain North American woods, refinish and seal them yearly.
- Start by sanding off any existing finish
- Apply a clear water repellent preservative or absorptive semi-transparent stain (the latter protects better)
- Neither product will require sanding during your next yearly cleaning
- Products with a UV protectant may slow the graying process, but will not prevent it
- Follow the directions closely; do not apply more coats than directed (can lead to rot)