Last week we talked about cleaning and
staining the garage floor and taking care of all cracks. So I got a
few questions after that about wooden decks. Especially the pressure
treated wood decks. Wolmanized pressure treated wood, kiln dried
after treatment is what most people use on their decks. And those
decks never rot. Even around water. But what pressure treated wood
does do it dry out, and splinter. So how do you take care of that?
You stain. I like to use either
Super Deck, or Maxum,
and recently I have found
Cabot that I really like. If your
deck has turned dark from dirt and mildew and needs cleaning use the
30 Second Outdoor Cleaner. It comes in a quart ready to use and
also in a gallon concentrate. Just mix one gallon of
with one gallon of water and put in a pump up
sprayer. They even make a pump up sprayer made just for
Second Outdoor Cleaner
. While your deck is dry, apply the 30
Second Outdoor Cleaner
, and keep it wet for 5 minutes. Then
scrub with the grain of the wood using a broom and rinse with clear
water. Let dry. The
30 Second Outdoor Cleaner will
also work on concrete, ceramic outdoor pots, awnings, stepping
stones, in fact it works on just about everything. And it’s made
in the USA. The quart sells for under 10, and the gallon for under
15. After cleaning the deck, pick the stain that you want to use.
The reason we like the
Super Deck is because it’s
real easy to use. Put it in a pump up sprayer and spray the deck in
light even coats. Keep a roller handy in case you need to roll out a
puddle of stain. If the stain puddles, it will stay tacky. If you
have hand rails, roll those also.
Maxum is a great stain
also and made by
Coronado. The Sheer Naturals are
water borne and so clean up is easy. This mildew resistant stain is
fortified to withstand a lot of foot traffic.
Maxum is used
the same way, pump up sprayer and roll out any puddle. A lot of my
customers have recently asked me to get them the
made by Cabot. This stain was originally formulated for the
dense woods of Australia. It’s made with 3 different oils for
supreme penetration. It also has iron oxides for UV protection. If
it’s tough enough for the Outback, it’s probably good for Texas.
And that’s it. As always if you have a question about your deck,
email me and I will get back in touch with you. Everything is easy
if you know how to do it, and you have the right tool.
Now to some great email ……
Question: I know that you like a
certain hand held water nozzle. I am really trying to hand water my
yard this year. I want to make it as easy as possible. So which one
do you use?
Answer: I like the Little Big Shot.
It gives you 40% more water pressure than any other garden hose
nozzle. And it’s light weight. Made of brass and stainless steel,
and has a leak proof closure. It is adjustable and has a pin point
accuracy even under low pressure. And it is made in the USA.
Question: I have seen those ribbon
hoses advertised and wondered about them. Do they really work well
under a lot of use? Cos they are not cheap!
Answer: We went thru a few
manufacturers before we found one made by Dap. That one is called
XPro, by Dap and comes in a 50ft length. It has brass fitting, and
has a normal sized cut off. Now here is a little trick we have
learned. When you turn off the hose, leave the nozzle you are using
open while turning off the water. That way no pressure builds up in
the hose. That kind of pressure will even bust a normal garden hose.
Hey, we found this
nifty little tool for the outside area. It’s called a Nozzle
Caddy. Put it right on the outside faucet pipe it has two caddies to
hold your outside water nozzles or sprinklers. No more lost nozzles
or rusty ones because they are lying in the grass. It will mount to
PVC, or zip tie to your chain link fence.