DECK PREP TIPS
finally spring! Time to move out
the patio furniture and get ready to enjoy the great outdoors.
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:
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 yearís 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 bleach can.
any deteriorating or unwanted finish. If
the colored stain on your deck has seen better days Ė or if you want a
different look Ė now is the time to strip your deckís finish.
Products like Wolman‚
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.
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 deckís
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 Ė or on the
deck color Ė itís 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‚
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 wonít have to
apply a new coat every year.
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 companyís technical service department at (800) 556-7737.
Or, visit the Wolman web site at www.wolman.com
for more helpful deck care tips.