Inspect your deck once each year. Replace loose or rusting hardware or fasteners, and apply fresh finish to prevent water damage. Look carefully for areas that show signs of damage. Replace or reinforce damaged wood as soon as possible. Restore an older, weathered deck to the original wood color with a deck-brightening solution. Brighteners are available at any home improvement store.
How to Renew a Deck
Drive new fasteners to secure loose decking to joists. If using the old nail or screw holes, new fasteners should be slightly longer than the originals.
Mix deck-brightening solution as directed by manufacturer. Apply solution with pressure sprayer. Let solution set for 10 minutes.
Rinse deck with clear water. If necessary, apply a second coat of brightener to extremely dirty or stained areas. Rinse and let dry Apply a fresh coat of sealer or stain.