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 color. 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 color.

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

  1. Aerial shot of tools needed to prep a deck

    Step 1

    Grab your tools.

  2. Dirty deck with leaves

    Step 2

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

  3. Person spraying down a deck with a hose

    Step 3

    Use a hose to spray down your deck.

  4. Person applying BEHR All-In-One Wood Cleaner with a pump sprayer

    Step 4

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

  5. Person scrubbing a deck clean with a stiff bristle brush

    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.

  6. Person rinsing a wood deck

    Step 6

    Rinse the deck thoroughly.

  7. Dry and clean wood deck

    Step 7

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

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

  • Pump Sprayer

  • Broom

  • Garden Hose

  • Stiff Bristle Brush

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