With the sun and rains, a deck can get worn out overtime. A deck needs to be at its best as it serves many purposes for a home and family. But it is very annoying when you step out barefoot and you get stuck by a splinter. You must refinish a deck every year or two to enhance the beauty of your home and keep the deck from cracking. The best way to refinish a deck is laid out below with these instructions:


Things you will need

  • Power washer
  • Broom
  • Stiff-bristle brush
  • Trisodium phosphate (or any wood cleaning agent)
  • Bucket with water
  • Paint brush, tray and roller
  • Sandpaper
  • Painter’s tape
  • Waterproof deck finish
  • Rubber gloves
  • Wood stain



  1. Remove all the furniture and plants from your deck. With a broom, clean the deck to remove all dirt and debris. While cleaning, you will be able to inspect the level of damage and repair needed on the deck.


  1. Sand down the splintered areas, tighten the loose screws and hammer and nails popping out. If any wood planks are badly damaged, replace the single boards.


  1. Clean and scrub the deck with water and the cleaning agent mixed in a bucket. Scrub off the deck with the brush to clean mildew and old paint. Wear gloves while you clean the deck.


  1. Rinse the deck with the power washer, keeping the corners cleaned out properly with its help. Let the deck dry fully. If you use a water-based stain, apply it when the deck is still wet. But if you are using an oil-based stain, let the deck dry for 2-3 days.


  1. Begin applying the refinishing product on the railing with the paintbrush and tray.
  2. Next, move onto the stairs and deck surface with the painting. Use the roller frame to paint.


  1. Apply a second coat after the first dries.


  1. After 2 days, stain the wood, making sure that the surface has an even finish.


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