How To Resurface A Deck

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How to Resurface A Deck

Deck connects homes to the outdoors and also gives additional space for different events such as family gatherings. A well designed and beautiful looking deck will enhance the value of your home. The best and good looking deck requires occasional resurfacing because the exposure of deck to ultraviolet rays, mildew and weather coupled with general wear and tear could cause a deck surface to be discoloured and dismal. By cleaning and staining the deck could revive the outlook and this is the kind of job you can do by yourself.


Before you could resurface a deck, you will need the following:

  • Putty knife
  • Two pails
  • Garden hose with nozzle
  • Half cup trisodium phosphate
  • Rubber gloves
  • Long handed sponge applicator
  • Half pint exterior varnish
  • A gallon pigmented and oil based deck stain
  • Long handled deck brush
  • Safety glasses

If you want to resurface a deck, here is how to go about it:

  • First spray any landscaping around the deck with water and saturate the plants, grass and shrubs in order to protect them from the cleaning solution.
  • Blast the surface of the deck with water so as to wash off the debris and grime. Remove debris from between the planks of the deck by using putty knife.
  • Fill one of the pails with one gallon of warm water and half cup trisodium phosphate. Stir the solution until the trisodium phosphate is completely dissolved. Wear the rubber gloves and safety glasses when you are using trisodium phosphate.
  • Make use of long handled deck brush and scrub each of the deck plank, step and rail with the trisodium phosphate solution. Concentrate on one plank, step or rail at a time. Then refill the pail with fresh trisodium phosphate and rinse with brush often.
  • Rinse the entire deck with fresh water and allow the deck to dry for about two days.
  • Plan to resurface the deck by mixing a gallon of pigmented deck stain that is based on oil with half pint exterior vanish in another pail. Apply any shade of your choice.
  • Use two coats of the stain and varnish mixture and use a long handled sponge applicator. Make sure you glide the applicator through the length of the wood planks by making use of stokes. Allow each coat to dry differently for a day.


As you are taking this step, here are some essential tips:

  • Substitute a solution of some part of biodegradable cleaner and a part water for the trisodium phosphate solution.
  • Add one cup of chlorine bleach to the trisodium phosphate solution if the deck is discoloured with mildew spores.
  • Avoid using chlorine bleach because it can fade decks.
  • Also, you need to know that pressure washers can etch and scar deck too especially the wood ones.

Therefore, before you revive your deck, it is very important to put all these tips into consideration in order to have a better result.