This is a deck that we completed yesterday. The transformation for this deck was nothing short of amazing. To go from a deck covered with algae and gray from the weathering over the years to what it looks like now, you would think wood was replaced.
We started by cleaning and brightening the deck surfaces. This process involves pressure washing the deck to remove the larger debris. We then apply a cleaning solution to the deck and wash once again. After the cleaning the wood is left darker than wood should be. This is caused by raising the PH levels in the wood with the cleaning solution. We then apply a brightener that in effect neutralizes the PH and brings it back to normal levels.
If the PH is not correct then you can have a wood surface that will not accept a stain or sealer of any kind and cause premature failure. Proper preparation and chemical application is needed to obtain the proper finish and to get the longevity out of that deck stain.
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