How to Prep a Deck

If no previous stain or finish has been applied or it has worn away, you'll usually have a weathered wood surface that has aged and darkened in colour. Rejuvenate and prepare your wood for coating with BEHR PREMIUM® All-in-One Wood Cleaner.

For Best Results:

Use BEHR PREMIUM All-in-One Wood Cleaner to remove stains caused by mold and mildew, while also restoring the wood's natural colour.

Once the surface has completely dried, coat with a BEHR Stain or Finished product.

Suggested Tools & Supplies
  • BEHR PREMIUM® All-in-One Wood Cleaner

  • Pump Sprayer

  • Broom

  • Garden Hose

  • Stiff Bristle Brush

  • Step 1

    Grab your tools.

  • Step 2

    Use a broom to sweep off the deck and remove any dust or dirt.

  • Step 3

    Use a hose to spray down your deck.

  • Step 4

    Apply BEHR PREMIUM® All-in-One Wood Cleaner with a pump sprayer.

  • Step 5

    Wait 15 minutes, then scrub your deck clean in the direction of the grain with a stiff bristle brush. You may notice some bubbles.

  • Step 6

    Rinse the deck thoroughly.

  • Step 7

    Allow your deck to completely dry before you begin staining. This may take about 24 hours.

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