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Scholars Edge understands that maintaining a stained deck is essential to preserve its appearance and durability over time. The following is a list of Scholars Edge’s recommendations:

Preparing your Deck:

Sweep the deck regularly to remove dirt, leaves, and debris. Use a stiff brush or broom to loosen any stuck-on dirt. Depending on the level of dirt and stains, you may need to wash the deck more thoroughly. Use a deck cleaner designed explicitly for stained wood decks. Apply the deck cleaner according to the manufacturer’s instructions. Typically, this involves mixing the cleaner with water and applying it with a brush or sprayer. Scrub the deck surface with a stiff brush to remove dirt, grime, and mildew. Pay extra attention to areas with heavy buildup. After scrubbing, thoroughly rinse the deck with clean water. A pressure washer can be used on a low setting, but be careful not to damage the wood. Let the deck dry completely before applying any new stain or sealer. Depending on the weather conditions, this may take a day or two. Check the deck for any loose boards, nails, or screws. Replace or tighten as needed to ensure a sturdy deck surface.

Applying Stain or Sealer:

Once the deck is clean and dry, you can apply a new coat of stain or sealer to protect the wood. Choose a stain or sealer appropriate for your type of wood and climate conditions. Apply evenly with a brush, roller, or sprayer, following the manufacturer’s recommendations.

Regular Maintenance:

Ideally, a new coat of stain or sealer should be applied every 1-3 years, depending on the product used and the deck’s exposure to weather and foot traffic. Regularly inspect the deck for signs of wear, such as fading or water absorption, and touch up as necessary.

Protective Measures:

Use furniture pads or feet under outdoor furniture and planters to prevent scratching and moisture accumulation on the deck surface. Promptly clean up any spills or debris to prevent stains and damage to the wood.

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