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Tips for Sanding a Wood Deck

>> Jul 24, 2018


When a deck hits old age, it is destined to get destruction from infiltration by any kind of precipitation such as rain, hail, and snow. Water enters the deck and will eventually ruin the deck. When this happens, you ought to fill the holes with stain so that your floor does not end up flaking and eventually being useless. Sanding your wood deck is a good way to keep the floor in shape and increase its durability.
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Sanding should  be done every time that signs of possible flaking appear. For more professional tips and sanding services, you can contact Brisbane Deck Sanding

In this article, I am going to show you several tips that you should have while you are on course to sand your floor. You should consider these guidelines if you want to have a hassle free and effective sanding experience.

1.   Check The Upcoming Weather
Wood stain will work its purpose if the right weather prevails and that is a dry weather. You should check the weather for what conditions are coming up in the next few days so that you can be able to know when to apply wood stain. Wood stain should be applied on a dry day and you should make sure that it is followed by at least two days for the deck to completely dry up. A temperature of between 50°F to 90°F is recommended for the stain to completely dry up. A damp deck would not be easy to sand so consider doing this during low humidity times.

2.   Prepare The Deck
The deck should be in a suitable condition before you apply sand to it. Make sure to remove all the dust and particles that exist in between splinters and wood cracks. Any presence of dirt and stains will make it hard for the sanding to adhere and you do not want that. If the particles are particularly hard to remove, you can always seek professional help. This way will be easier for the deck to be filled up. You can also use a pressure washer to get out the particles by yourself but this means you will have to wait three days before you apply sanding.

For decks that are older than 2002, you need to have a professional sand them for you since they release some poisonous gases to the air. Always remember to wear gas masks to prevent inhaling the dust during preparation.

3.   Use an Orbital Sander
When you are sanding, you should prefer to use an orbital floor sander rather than a flooring drum. A flooring drum removes materials too quickly and you will end up sanding too much of your deck. Most floors are made of softwood so it is safer to use an orbital sander. An orbital sanding is a good choice for wood sanding since it goes at a pace you can control so you will not create big gorges when you come across bumps and other uneven levels on the deck. You should always remember to carry a hammer since old decks have raised nails.

4.   Find The Right Type Of Stain
There are very different types of decks and respective stains. Not all stains will fill a certain deck. It is therefore advisable for you to find the right type of stain for your deck. Search for information online or just inquire from your local store. Each type of stain has its own advantages and disadvantages. You cannot put a transparent stain where a solid stain used to exist as it would make your deck messy and ugly. You ought to know which type of stain was used on a floor before applying a new stain. Transparent stains cannot be applied over a solid stain, as this will make the surface of the deck unattractive.

5.   Choose The Right Type of Brush
Another hack is to choose an appropriate brush. The right brush ensures that the stain is applied effectively on the deck. I know there are some people who prefer to use a cloth to a brush. It is possible to use a brush to apply stains to your deck but remember the need for cleanliness forces you to find a brush. A good brush should have very small bristles. It should also be soft to prevent it from scratching the surface of the deck and apply a large volume of stain in a short period.

6.   Vacuum The Deck After Sanding And Staining It
After sanding, you should vacuum the dust and particle that remain on the deck immediately. This will prevent the dust from picking up moisture from the environment and dampening the sanded floor. Do not let any kind of water to get on the floor since wetness raises the wood grain and cause furring making the completely sanding process useless.

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