Next, spray the decking with a pre-prepared deck cleaner solution (available in most hardware stores). Follow instructions on the packaging, and spray liberally to ensure the decking is completely covered. Scrub the decking with a stiff brush, then rinse off using a hose.
Allow at least two days for the decking to dry completely before applying any protective coat.
If your decking is a looking a little worse for wear, it is wise to restore before you protect. Wood restoration products are widely available, and will inject a little colour and vitality into your wood,
Once again, follow instructions on the packaging. It is worth pointing out that most restorers must be applied, scrubbed, and rinsed within a short period of time. In order to do this effectively, it is a good idea to focus on a small area at a time – four or five deck boards is adequate. Leave to dry for at least two days before adding any protective coat.
Decking, like most garden furniture, must be able to withstand the forces of nature. In order to ensure that the wood remains in good condition, it is advisable to use a decking stain, protective oil or protector. The difference between the three is fairly straightforward. Decking stain, as the name suggests, will alter the colouring of the wood (various shades are available). Decking protector is a clear varnish that will protect without changing the colour. Decking oil penetrates the wood, enhancing rather than altering its natural colour. Choose your product, and apply using a roller or large brush. Leave to dry naturally, and voila, the decking protection process is complete – let the barbecues begin!