Asked on Sep 28, 2017

How can I keep deck finish safe during winter?

Janet PizaroSusan Massey


We have a semi transparent stain on our front wooden deck. Living in Michigan, we will be using it through the winter, and will need to keep the snow and ice off of it. I thought sweeping the snow rather than shoveling (not sure if practical). What about ice? Will pet friendly salt hurt the finish? I am concerned about what it will look like in the Spring! I don't want to have to stain it every year. Thanks for your insights.

2 answers
  • Susan Massey
    on Sep 28, 2017

    Spray on a wood preservative, available at Lowe's or most any hardware store. The water will bead up rather than soak in.
  • Janet Pizaro
    on Sep 28, 2017

    What brand stain was used?
    • Age25789088
      on Sep 30, 2017

      It is a water-based stain, and a dark brown. I'm worried that the salt may damage it, and the shoveling will scratch it.
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