Tips to give decks a refreshing boost
›› Clean and prepare: Remove furniture, sweep and clean. ›› Prepare surface: Look for any surface problems such as decayed boards or loose nails. Sand any cracked or splintered boards then scrub the deck thoroughly with a stiff bristle brush. Rinse with water and dry for a few days. ›› Applying deck oil and stains: Use a reliable stain with brush or stain pad. Use smooth, even strokes. ›› Get in the experts: Call a builder who specialises in decking to replace any old railings or do renovation work.