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Decking - getting ready for summer

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doglover Thu 03-Apr-14 15:18:37

Our decking is looking 'tired' and in desperate need of a makeover. I used a water-based stain on it last year but it looks patchy and weathered already.

I was thinking of cleaning it with either a water-jet patio cleaner or a specialist decking cleaner? Any thoughts?

The next step needs to be an oil-based product which will I assume, be more durable.

If you could offer any advice, I'd be very grateful.


Lagoonablue Thu 03-Apr-14 15:34:57

No help am afraid. I need to sort our decking out too. Do I just sweep it, sand it a bit then stick on decking stain? Have no idea.

doglover Thu 03-Apr-14 15:52:06

Let's hope some kind person comes along to help us both!

oscarwilde Thu 03-Apr-14 16:16:50

I have no clue but my DH usually ends up on Youtube for tutorials on this sort of thing grin .. Goes off to marvel at people who can be arsed to video themselves doing this sort of stuff

HaveToWearHeels Thu 03-Apr-14 16:19:09

We had a guy in last year who jet washed the whole decking, left it to dry out over a few days then came back and oiled it. Its quite a large area and it cost £200.

doglover Thu 03-Apr-14 16:32:55

Thank you, OW, I might have to resort to Youtube!

Thanks HTWH, I'll do it myself for that money!!

doglover Thu 03-Apr-14 19:39:37


cupcake78 Thu 03-Apr-14 20:27:37

Every year we jet wash ours. Leave to dry for a few days and then oil it.

New houses decking isn't looking good so we will jet wash, dry, maybe stain if necessary and then a good few coats of oil.

doglover Thu 03-Apr-14 20:37:08

Does the jet wash remove all the previously-applied stain?

cupcake78 Fri 04-Apr-14 01:15:20

I've never stained decking. Only oiled it do sorry I don't know if it does or not.

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