Sealing your pool deck around your swimming pool is the best way to keep your deck looking new. It also will make it easier to clean it when it becomes dirty, and sealing it will help to prevent the deck from absorbing water, salt and pool chemicals from splashed water. Too, it will help to prevent staining when your swimming pool is invaded by Kool Aid cup carrying kids. Additionally, sealing your deck enhances and preserves its color as well. Now all this deck work isn’t difficult, and below are the steps on how to do it. So you will need the following materials to start with:
- A stiff brush on a pole so that you can scrub stained or dirty areas before applying the sealant.
- A 2500-3000 psi pressure washer for cleaning the deck after the stains have been scrubbed with the brush. You can rent this.
- A container of Trisodium Phosphate for cleaning the deck
- A pole with a paint roller on it, a five-gallon bucket and a paint screen
- A good quality pool deck sealant
Next you prepare the pool deck by removing any planters, pool furniture or other items which would be in the way. Patch any cracks in the deck and remove any flaking that’s apparent also. The next steps are the following then:
- Make sure you pressure wash the entire deck thoroughly and evenly. Get all the corners and hidden spots.
- Next scrub the entire deck with 1 pound of Trisodium Phosphate added to 5 gallons of water in the bucket.
- Then pressure wash the entire deck once again to remove all the Trisodium Phosphate residue.
When preparing to actually seal the deck, it should be dry with no rain in the immediate forecast. If the deck is wet, this interferes with the penetration of the sealant. This is because a sealant penetrates deep into a deck, not like paint, which is why the deck needs to be thoroughly dry. Now when the deck is dry as in 2 days dry; and rain is not forecast, then you can seal the deck. To do this saturate the roller with the sealer and roll it across the deck with overlapping strokes so that you can see a visible coating. Work on each section individually, wait 5-10 minutes and then apply a second coat. It will dry in about 1-2 hours to touch, but wait a day for use.
By resealing your pool deck every 3-4 years, you will keep in new looking.