Labor Day is fast approaching and that means summer is coming to an end. Here in Florida it is actually going to be “Our” time to go outside and have fun in the beautiful Florida Sunshine. During the summer month it’s just too hot to enjoy your backyard or deck. We love our outdoor space and spend a lot of time on our big wood deck during the fall month.
Our deck is about 3 years old and with the sun beating on it every single day it sure took its toll over the last few years. So this summer, my hubby decided to get it all ready and pretty for the fall, so we can enjoy a few nice evenings on the deck with the kids. Bless his heart, he spend about 4-5 days on the deck painting between rain and major heat wave, but he didn’t complain once. What a great Hubby he is.
As you can see, it was in desperate need of a makeover, the stain was flaking off and the wood was dirty and just not looking good at all. It wasn’t inviting to go out and spend time on our big deck.
First up, Hubby had to clean off all the old stain and dirt and he used the Thompson’s WaterSeal Heavy Duty Deck Cleaner. I was a little skeptical at first; the website claims this cleaner would restore the wood to its natural beauty. How can that be after it has already “weathered” and turned gray by Mother Nature was my first thought. BUT, I wanted proof, so we went out to Lowes and picked up the required items to get the deck cleaned.
A Sprayer to put the Deck Cleaner in
A brush that has very stiff bristles, I would recommend a bigger one for the big areas and a smaller one for rails and smaller areas on your deck.
We’ve also found a great video, that explains what products we needed and how to get your deck cleaned, since we had never cleaned or re-painted our deck it sure was a big help.
Now that we’ve educated ourselves on what we need and how to get it done, hubby went outside and spend a Saturday cleaning the deck. Check out the pictures how the deck looked after it was cleaned.
That was very impressive, I was truly surprised of how quickly the deck was restored, all the prior stain was removed and our deck almost looked like the day we installed it. Amazing!!! Thompson’s WaterSeal Heavy Duty Deck Cleaner, surly exceeded my expectations in this Deck makeover project. Unbelievable!!
You do know the importance of cleaning your deck every 2-3 years to keep the beauty of the deck going and have a beautiful deck that your entire family can enjoy for years to come. Thompson has a wonderful line of wood protection from cleaners to sealers and stains that will get the job done. Have you spend some time on their website to explore the many different products and tips, ideas as well as Video How to’s? I had no idea that Thompson’s has that much information and help available. This turned out to be such a great makeover of our deck and it was simple as 1-2-3.
1 . Clean the Deck
2. Let it dry
3. Seal or stain/paint the deck
After we cleaned/ stripped our deck of the old paint we had a few days with rain storms and very bad weather, for Florida so unusual, BUT someone knew we were painting the deck and decided to not corporate and send us the rain. But hubby went outside every sunny chance he got and stained the deck in a beautiful new color, we’ve decided on Thompson’s® WaterSeal® Deck & House Semi-Transparent Latex Waterproofing Stain. It was kind of hard to choose, since Thompson’s has 117 different colors to choose from. I had no idea. We decided on a cedar color and it actually turned out great.
I’m super excited; can you see how beautiful our deck looks now? It truly is a part of the house again and I cannot wait to find new beautiful outdoor furniture to finish off the deck. With summer coming to an end, you should be able to find some great buys and you can enjoy them for a few more weeks/month sitting on your beautiful updated deck.
Here is some information about Thompson’s, we’ve always used Thompson for any of our wood projects, so I cannot compare them to any other product, but what I can say, we LOVE the outcome of every project that we’ve used Thompson’s products on.
Key Features about the Thompson’s® WaterSeal® Deck & House Semi-Transparent Latex Waterproofing Stain Approx. $20/gallon
- Superior fade resistant color.
- Prevents water damage.
- Long-lasting and scuff resistant.
- Coating resists mildew and UV damage.
- One coat coverage.
- Soap and water clean-up.
- Low odor, safe and easy to use.
- Use on: decks, siding, fences, outdoor wood furniture, other exterior wood surfaces.
- Can be expected to protect against water damage and graying for 5 years on decks and 15 years on fences and siding.
Key Features Thompson’s WaterSeal Heavy Duty Deck Cleaner approx. $17/Gallon
- Removes weathered clear & tinted waterproofers and semi-transparent stains.
- Restores wood’s natural color & beauty.
- Removes stains from dirt, mildew, algae and fungus.
- Use before waterproofing on: decks & fences, outdoor furniture, exterior wood, wood plastic composite decking.
- Use if you need to remove weathered clear & tinted waterproofers or semi-transparent stains in addition to stains from dirt, mildew, algae & fungus.
Let’s be honest, it was a little elbow grease but in the end something that you and hubby can do to spruce up your outdoor living area. Thompson’s agrees and wants one of my readers to have their very own Deck/ Fence Makeover and agreed to send the winner 1 case of 4 bottles of Thompson’s WaterSeal Heavy Duty Deck Cleaner and 1 case of Thompson’s® WaterSeal, color of choice. This Giveaway is retailed at close to $150.00
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