If your wood deck looks more like firewood than a setting for an afternoon barbecue, chances are it could use a little rejuvenating.
Start by washing the deck with a solution of 1 cup powdered laundry detergent in 1 gallon of hot water.
Add 1 cup of liquid chlorine bleach if mildew is present. Severely neglected decks will require a more potent commercial deck-bleaching product.
Look for one that contains oxalic acid. Use this in combination with a power washer which can be rented from your local tool rental outlet or paint store.
Finish the job with a coat of high-quality oil-base deck stain or clear wood finish.
A product that contains UV inhibitors will offer added protection from the sun's harmful ultraviolet rays.
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