How to Restore Your Neglected Deck

11 Materials
$200
3 Days
Medium

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If you need to restore a deck, this detailed tutorial will really help you out! We’re going to show you exactly how we restored a deck that had been neglected for way too long. We also cover FAQs about deck treatment like ‘what is the best deck sealer?’ and ‘what is the best way to clean decking?'.


The deck was so neglected that it was back to bare wood. But it was definitely uneven and needed a good sanding.

how to restore your neglected deck

As you read the rest of this tutorial on how to restore a deck that has been neglected, you’ll notice there is A LOT of cleaning. Each step is incredibly important as the products all work together.

how to restore your neglected deck

Step 1. Clear off anything you have on it so you can see what needs to be done in terms of preparation before you start the deck treatment.

how to restore your neglected deck

Step 2: Tighten screws on deck and replace boards.

Step 3: Sand deck (if necessary)

how to restore your neglected deck

Step 4: Wash Deck. The best way to clean deck is definitely using a pressure washer.

Step 5. Use deck cleaner. Find yourself a highly rated deck cleaner, get a garden sprayer, your hose, and a scrub brush. Don’t skimp on this step and be sure to take your time.

how to restore your neglected deck

Step 6. Use wood brightener.

Step 7. Wash deck (Again!)

Step 8. Check if deck is ready for sealer.

Step 9. Apply deck sealer. Once your deck is dry enough, you can apply the deck sealer you have chosen and get to work.

how to restore your neglected deck

Then we finished off the deck by applying the finish with the applicator pad on a pole. We did 2 coats.


If you need to restore a deck, now you know that it is totally a do-able DIY project if you have the time!


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