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How to prepare and oil a timber deck in Adelaide S.A.

Updated: Apr 4

Timber decks in Adelaide need a little love twice a year

Timber decks provide a beautiful and functional extension to your living space, offering a perfect spot for relaxation and outdoor gatherings. However, to maintain their beauty and durability, regular cleaning and maintenance are essential. This blog post will guide you through the process of washing and oiling your timber deck in Adelaide or South Australia ensuring it stays in top condition for years to come.

Example of Adelaide decking around a pool. Timber decking should be oiled twice a year
Example of Adelaide decking around a pool. Timber decking should be oiled twice a year

Materials Needed:

  1. Deck cleaner: Choose a cleaner specifically designed for timber decks. Avoid using bleach or harsh chemicals not designed for wood, as they can damage the wood.

  2. Pressure washer or hose: For thorough cleaning, a pressure washer is effective, but a hose with a high-pressure nozzle can also do the job.

  3. Deck brush or broom: Use a soft-bristle deck brush or broom to scrub away dirt and debris.

  4. Safety gear: Wear protective gear such as gloves and safety goggles when working with cleaning agents.

  5. Deck oil or stain: Select a high-quality deck oil or stain suitable for your timber type.

  6. Paint tray and roller or brush: For applying the deck oil, a paint tray with a long handled brush will give you the best results. DO NOT use a roller as it will leave bubbles in the oil making your deck look like an Aero bar!

  7. Drop cloths or plastic sheets: Protect surrounding areas from splatters by covering them with drop cloths or plastic sheets.

freshly oiled blackbutt timber decking Adelaide South Australia. How to clean and oil a timber deck
A freshly oiled Blackbutt deck in Adelaide, South Australia

Step 1: Clear the Deck

Remove all furniture, plants, and other items from the deck. Sweep away loose debris like leaves and dirt.

Step 2: Pre-wash the Deck

Use a hose or pressure washer to wet the deck thoroughly. This will help the cleaning solution penetrate the wood more effectively. Note that many deck washes require a soaking period and reccomend that the deck remains wet during this time.

Step 3: Apply Deck Cleaner

Follow the instructions on the deck cleaner and apply it evenly across the deck surface. Use a deck brush or broom to scrub the cleaner into the wood, paying attention to stains and heavily soiled areas.

Step 4: Rinse the Deck

After allowing the cleaner to sit for the recommended time (usually 10-15 minutes), thoroughly rinse the deck with a hose or pressure washer. Ensure that all cleaning residues are completely washed away.

Step 5: Allow the Deck to Dry

Allow the deck to dry completely before moving on to the next step. This typically takes a day or two, depending on weather conditions. If you are in a hurry a leaf blower will speed this process along

Step 6: Sand (Optional)

If the wood surface feels rough after cleaning, you may choose to lightly sand the deck to smooth out any raised fibers. Be very careful to not remove too much of your deck. Repeated sanding over time can reduce the thickness of your deck boards to an unacceptable level.

Step 7: Apply Deck Oil or Stain

Once the deck is dry and smooth, it's time to apply the deck oil or stain. Stir the oil or stain thoroughly before applying it with a long handled brush brush or a deck applicator - NOT a roller. Work in small sections and follow the wood grain for an even finish.

Step 8: Allow the Deck to Cure

Allow the deck to dry and cure according to the product instructions. This step is crucial for the oil or stain to penetrate and protect the wood effectively.

Step 9: Replace Furniture and Enjoy

After the deck has fully cured, replace your furniture and enjoy your revitalized outdoor space. This is the most important step. Make sure you do it right (-:

Regularly washing and oiling your timber deck in Adleaide

not only enhances its appearance but also protects it from the elements, ensuring a longer lifespan. By following these simple steps, you can maintain the beauty and integrity of your deck, providing a welcoming space for relaxation and entertainment.

freshly oiled decking Adelaide South Australia. How to clean and oil a timber deck
A freshly oiled merbau staircase with old railway sleeper edging in the Adelaide Hills, South Australia


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