How to repair the damage on your deck
Decks do it tough. Harsh sun, driving rain and neglect can all take their toll. If your deck is greying, cracking, flaking, splintering or growing mould, it’s time to start looking after it. Do it now, and you’ll save yourself a lot of time, effort – and money – in the future.
This three-step timber regime is a simple but necessary process. Do it every year to ensure your deck is well protected from damaging elements, and to keep it looking good all year long.
Getting rid of mould and mildew, and creating a protective barrier so they can’t re-grow is the first step to rejuvenating your deck. Mix Cabot’s Deck Clean with water in Cabot’s Deck Hand Bucket, before gently scrubbing the timber with Cabot’s Deck Prep. Once you’ve scrubbed the deck evenly, wash off with a high-pressure hose on the lowest setting so you don’t damage the timber.
When your timber is dry, it’s time to nourish it with a water-based decking oil. This will protect the wood and make it highly durable. Cabot’s Aquadeck will enhance the natural colour of your deck, and lasts twice as long as traditional decking oils. Apply it liberally to the length of the timber using Cabot’s Deck Coat applicator, to ensure there are no streaks, lines or blend marks. Remember to only apply when the weather isn’t too hot or too cold; if it’s too hot, the oil might create a milky appearance, and if it’s too cold, it might not dry properly.
Once the first coat has been drying for at least two hours, repeat the process. Wait at least eight hours before putting furniture back on the deck. Once the furniture is back in place, kick back and relax.
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