Cabot's advises homeowners on how to protect their decks against the
visible signs of ageing using a unique 3-step beauty regimen.
Decks are a big part of the typical Australian’s outdoor life during the
summer with countless barbeques, family get-togethers and lazy afternoons spent
just lounging outside.
The ageing, greying timber of the deck need no longer be a hindrance to
enjoying the summer outdoors; the homeowner can simply replenish and protect
their deck from the wear caused by UV exposure through an easy DIY process.
Cabot’s Brand Manager, Amelia Lutz observes many people are not aware about
outdoor timber needing the same kind of protection and care that one provides
to the skin against UV damage and signs of ageing.
Loss of colour is the first visible sign of decaying timber and signals
the surface layer is beginning to deteriorate. This is often followed by
cracks, splinters or fungi and mould. Amelia advises that decks should also be
well protected from the elements to ensure they continue to look good, just as
one would protect the skin when heading outdoors using sunscreen.
Amelia compares deck care to a beauty regimen of exfoliation, nourishment
and rejuvenation to wind back time and revitalise the timber.
Step 1: Exfoliate
Remove degraded timber fibres (the signs of ageing) and dirt from the
decking using a mix of Cabot’s Deck Clean and water in the Cabot’s Deck Hand
Bucket, and scrub the timber with a Cabot’s Deck Scrub Broom. This prepping
process removes the impurities and surface contaminants to ensure a smooth
finish when the refreshing deck oil is applied.
Step 2: Nourish
Nourish the clean, dry deck with Cabot’s Aquadeck, a water-based deck coating
product that is best applied with a lambswool applicator to ensure there are no
streaks, lines or blend marks. Ensure a liberal application to the entire
length of the timber board, approximately 2-3 boards at a time.
Step 3: Rejuvenate
After a two-hour drying time, ensure the first coat is dry before using the
lambswool applicator for a second coat, resulting in a refreshed, younger
Wash all the tools thoroughly in water. Wait at least eight hours before
replacing furniture on the revitalised deck.
For best results
Use Cabot’s Deck Hand Bucket, the world’s first deck bucket featuring an
innovative drainage tray that can be flipped up or down for the preparation and
oiling phases and a handy pouring lip that ensures leftover product isn’t
wasted when pouring it back into the can.
Cabot’s three-step timber beauty regimen should be repeated every spring
to ensure the deck is protected from the visible signs of ageing.