James Treble shares four simple steps to keep your deck looking divine.

A timber deck is a great place to relax with friends and family, read the paper or play with the kids, but due to our harsh climate, a deck can also take a beating from the elements, so regular maintenance is needed. Here’s some handy advice to make your deck “spruce up” a cinch.


Sand away any loose fibres and give the weathered boards a good clean using White Knight “Renew It! Deck Cleaner”. Always follow the instructions on the bottle and allow the boards to dry.


Check for any loose nails, screws or loose boards, and if required replace any damaged ones, especially near stairs or railings.

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  • BIRD WATCH Maintain your deck by removing, and hosing off, bird droppings as often as you can. This will help prevent them from staining the timber – it gets worse the longer they stay.
  • UNDER PRESSURE Using a pressure washer can be another great way to clean up your deck ready for a restain. However, be careful with pressure washers as, depending upon the age of your deck, they can splinter the wood and remove the protective coating.
  • MIND THE GAP If there are any cracks in your deck deeper than 5mm fill them with an exterior paintable sealant chalk. When dry, give the area a light sand for a smooth finish, using a 120-grit abrasive or similar.

    3. PREP IT

    Apply two coats of White Knight “Renew It! Wood & Concrete Resurfacer”, following the label directions. It has a thick consistency, which rolls on really easily, so you can’t go wrong. Make sure you allow it to dry thoroughly between coats.


    There are hundreds of Taubmans colours, so you can match your deck to the rest of the house. This process is easy and the end result so amazing that the transformation will make your friends think you have a brand new deck. A great colour to consider is Taubmans “Fudge Truffle”.

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    • OILING Clean the deck with warm water and some detergent, and give it a good scrub, making sure it’s completely dry. U
      se a roller to apply a water-based decking oil with advanced UV protection. Oils dry quickly, and are usually
      resistant to mould and fungus.
    • STAINING You can apply stain the same way as the oil, but make sure it’s completely dry between coats, so you don’t get any drips or blotches.