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Mark Rayner offers two solutions to clean up a tired deck and replace a damaged decking plank.

Top tip: Though the newly stained plank will look darker for a while, it will eventually weather to the same colour as the rest of the deck, but if you want an instant match, simply give the rest of the deck a freshen up with one coat of deck stain.

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Deck Clean

You will need: Broom, bucket, hose with running water, stiff-bristled brush, timber-cleaning agent, we used Resene Timber and Deck Wash.

Step 1 how to clean a deck

Step 1
Sweep the deck clean of any dry dirt and debris.

Step 1 how to clean a deck

Step 2
Dilute the timber-cleaning agent with fresh water, following the recommendations. Thoroughly scrub the soapy solution into the decking.

Step 1 how to clean a deck

Step 3
Allow the wood to remain wet for around 15 minutes and then rinse thoroughly with clean water. Allow to dry.

Deck Repair

You will need: 75mm galvanised decking nails, crowbar (or similar) for removing damaged plank, hammer, paintbrush, pencil, ruler, sandpaper, saw, wood stain (to match the rest of deck), new piece of decking (to match original).

Step 1 DIY clean up of a tired deck and replacing a damaged decking plank

Step 1
Using the hammer and crowbar, remove the broken decking plank, lifting from one end. Take care not to damage the adjoining planks.

Step 2 DIY clean up of a tired deck and replacing a damaged decking plank

Step 2
Measure and mark the new piece of the decking to fit, using the back of the saw to rule an accurate 90° cutting line across the plank.

Step 3 DIY clean up of a tired deck and replacing a damaged decking plank

Step 3
Cut the piece of decking using the pencil line as a guide and smooth the cut edge with sandpaper.

Step 4 DIY clean up of a tired deck and replacing a damaged decking plank

Step 4
Apply two coats of wood stain to the new plank, following the manufacturer's recommendations. Allow to dry.

Step 1 DIY clean up of a tired deck and replacing a damaged decking plank

Step 5
Fix the new plank into position with 75mm deck nails.

 

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