We start with a power wash, operating at low pressure. This is important because it is all too easy to damage the wood if too much force is used.
Pressure washing will clean away any build up of surface algae,dirt and grime, preparing the wood for additional treatment or finishing as necessary.
If the surface has been heavily stained by algae, it may be necessary to apply a chemical treatment to fade this way. For badly stained areas a power scrub may be also necessary prior to re-oiling.
Decking can be subject to rust stains from screws and other fastenings. It is also prone to whitening due to the UV effects of sunlight. In such cases we can provide remedy with anti-oxide treatments to remove staining and wood brighteners to restore colour.
In cases where the surface has been treated with a paint-on decking stain, we'll often find this to be flaking off and usually looking rather the worse for wear.
In such cases, all the decking stain must be removed with paint stripper and the wood returned to it's natural state, before we can begin to treat with decking oil.
We only use high quality decking oil and strongly recommend applying two coats. The second coat requires less oil and goes on quickly, so unless the budget is very tight, it's false economy not to bother.
Decking oil will help to prevent the timber from absorbing water and in most cases will also provides some UV protection as well. Decking oils are available in a various colours and with clear finishes through to darker ones.
A recently oiled deck with have a kind of satin wet look and even a clear finish will add quite a bit more depth to the colour of the wood.
Protection doesn't last forever though, and most people find that an annual programme of regular maintenance is needed to safeguard their decking investment.