Keep Your Wooden Patio or Deck Looking Fresh with DIY Care Tips

Ready to give your outdoor space a little TLC? We’ve got your back with some simple DIY care tips that’ll have your wooden patio or deck looking fresh and inviting in no time. So grab your gear, roll up your sleeves, and let’s dive in!

1. Gather Your Supplies:

First things first, let’s round up all the goodies you’ll need to tackle this project like a pro. Here’s what you’ll need:

  • Gloves (to keep those hands splinter-free and stain-free)
  • Safety goggles (to shield your eyes from dust and splatters)
  • Dust mask or respirator (for easy breathing and protection from pesky particles)
  • Sandpaper (both rough and fine grit for sanding away imperfections)
  • Sanding block (to make sanding a breeze)
  • Steel wool (for tackling tough spots and smoothing out rough areas)
  • Scrubbing brush and pad (to scrub away dirt and grime)
  • Scraper (for removing old sealant or paint)
  • Mutton cloth (for wiping down surfaces)
  • Sponges (for applying cleaners and sealants)
  • Paintbrushes and trays (for applying sealants)
  • Mineral turpentine (if you’re using oil-based sealants)
  • Paint remover (in case you’re dealing with semi-painted areas)
  • Deck oil, preservative wood dressing, exterior wood varnish, or creosote/carbolineum (for sealing and protecting your patio)

2. Prep Like a Pro:

Now that you’ve got your supplies in hand, it’s time to prep your patio/deck for some serious pampering. Here’s what you need to do:

  • Put on your safety gear (gloves, goggles, and mask).
  • Give your patio a good once-over with a scrubbing brush to remove any surface dirt and debris.
  • Use a scraper to strip away old sealant or paint from areas that need a refresh.
  • Sand down the surface of your patio using rough and fine grit sandpaper on your sanding block, to smooth out rough patches and create a clean canvas for sealing.
  • Once you’ve prepped the surface, wipe it down with mineral turpentine to remove any remaining residue and ensure a clean, smooth finish.

3. Seal the Deal:

With your patio prepped and ready to go, it’s time to seal the deal! Here’s how to apply the finishing touches:

  • Choose the appropriate sealant for your patio (deck oil, preservative wood dressing, exterior wood varnish, or creosote/carbolineum) based on your preferences and the type of wood you’re working with.
  • Use a paintbrush to apply the sealant evenly to the surface of your patio, working in small sections to ensure thorough coverage.
  • Allow the sealant to dry completely according to the manufacturer’s instructions before using your patio.

4. Sit Back and Enjoy:

And there you have it – DIY patio care made simple! With just a few easy steps, you can keep your outdoor space looking fresh and inviting all year round. Now kick back, grab a drink, and soak up the beauty of your beautiful patio oasis.

If you need a little assistance or advice, please feel free to pop into Blackwood’s Hilton and chat to our DIY team, or drop them an email.  They’ll be happy to advise.