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How to Maintain a Wood Deck

By: Danny Lipford

It’s important to regularly clean and refinish a wood deck to keep it looking good and prevent the wood from weathering or deteriorating over time. Here are some tips to get you started:

  1. Clean the deck using either a pressure washer or deck cleaner.
  2. Sand any splinters or rough spots and hammer in any nails that are protruding.
  3. Apply an exterior stain with a roller or sprayer. Back brush the wet stain so it penetrates deep into the wood.

Watch this video to find out more.


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  • Official Comment:

    Thomas Boni Says:
    May 21st, 2019 at 12:34 pm

    Hi, Theresa! There’s no need to stain under the deck, but you can do it (if you want) to keep the underside looking great and ensure the wood is protected.

  • Theresa Alperti Says:
    May 5th, 2019 at 2:41 pm

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    I will be staining my new deck so I have been checking your videos on how to do this.
    My deck is high as it is an extension of the second floor. Do I need to stain underneath the deck also?

  • janet Smith Says:
    April 19th, 2016 at 7:02 pm

    Is there any oil that you would suggest on a newly stained desk that seems “dry” It gets a lot of sun and we would like to preserve it. We used a “solid stain” by Benj. Moore and it is not suggested to use their “clear coat” yet which would give it a nice luster.

    Thanks for the info. I plan to check with the manufacture, but I would value other’s comments

  • Susan Says:
    May 1st, 2013 at 9:40 am

    Hi Danny:

    Two questions:

    1. How do I know that it is time to wash/treat my cedar deck?
    2. Which cleaner would you recommend (I was told to avoid pressure washing as it hurts the grain of the wood..)? Thanks.

  • Official Comment:

    Ben Erickson Says:
    June 18th, 2012 at 9:06 am

    Hi Brenda,
    Your question about the best type of stain to use on a wood deck and play set was answered in the second hour of our June 16, 2012, Homefront radio show. You can listen to the answer online at

  • brenda Says:
    December 17th, 2011 at 6:33 am

    what kind of exterior stain do u use i need some for deck and outdoor wood play set?? i have used thomas and it doesnt work very well ??

  • Nicole Says:
    June 18th, 2010 at 2:14 pm

    Thanks for the great video, Danny! I’ve also found using a deck cleaner to be a much preferable method to pressure washing. For applying the actual stain, here’s a great article on choosing a high-quality deck stain.

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How to Maintain a Wood Deck