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‘Tis the Season for DIY Exotic Hardwood Deck Cleaning
Protect Backyard Decks this Winter with East Teak and Woodrich Brand®
With outdoor spaces becoming extra rooms in the household, homeowners are increasingly choosing exotic hardwood decks for their beauty and durability. Even long-lasting hardwoods such as teak, ipe, Garapa Gold®, massaranduba, mahogany, and green heart among others, will benefit from annual maintenance performed on them.
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Quick Tip #1: Use A Deck Cleaner Specifically Formulated for Hardwoods
Deck cleaning should be performed as a two-step process with cleaning agents specially formulated for hardwoods. For the first step, East Teak recommends EFC-38 Wood Deck and Siding Cleaner/Stripper, designed to remove aged and failing oil-based wood finishes. For application instructions, read the manufacture’
Quick Tip #2: Rinse Off with A Pressure Washer at Low Pressure Setting
Many times a hose and nozzle will work during rinsing, but if you need to use a pressure washer to remove any excess dirt or debris, do so at a low PSI. A low pressure nozzle such as 850 PSI should suffice, but it is not recommended that you go over 1500 PSI, as you may raise and damage the grain fibers. Use a sweeping motion and try to keep the sprayer the same distance to the deck so you do not leave lap marks. After the surface of the deck has air-dried for three to four days, it is then safe to use a quality stain and sealer.
Quick Tip #3: Stain and Seal Your Deck Annually for Proper Maintenance
Again, it is important that you use a stain and sealer product specifically formulated for hardwoods. Even in the winter months, ultra-violet (UV) rays from the sun are the enemy of wood, and pro-longed UV exposure causes wood to turn gray over time. So think of your stain/sealer as “sun screen” and use a product that is both high in pigment and resin solids to ensure that you will get the maximum protection. East Teak recommends Woodrich Brand’s Hardwood Wiping Stain®, which can be found at the local paint or hardware store, or online. After your deck has been cleaned and rinsed, apply one coat of Hardwood Wiping Stain per manufacturer’
“Cleaning and maintenance are both crucial parts of keeping your outside deck looking as beautiful as the day it was built,” says George Guy, Vice President of East Teak and the company’s chief decking consultant. “The economical approach is a simple, do-it-yourself method that we strongly encourage owners to do at least once a year.”
About East Teak Fine Hardwoods, Inc.
Founded in 1972, East Teak Fine Hardwoods, Inc. is the leading importer of high grade teak and other fine hardwood species used as decking, flooring, walls, ceilings and cabinetry in the construction of yachts, hotels, resorts, office buildings and luxury homes. With facilities in South Carolina and Washington, East Teak serves the architectural, up-scale residential, commercial construction, hospitality and boating industries throughout the United States, the Caribbean and Canada. More information can be found at www.eastteak.com and www.certifiedteak.com.