Maintaining your deck is vitally important to extending it's life while keeping it aesthetically appealing. Soiled decks should be pressured washed with a recommended cleaning solution. Allow the deck to dry thoroughly before refinishing. If you will be staining your deck, determine what type of stain you prefer, types of stains include transparent, semi-transparent and solid. Apply adequate coats for coverage and maximum protection. Afterwards keeping your deck clean will add years to it's life while preserving its beauty.