The effort involved in maintaining a wood deck depends on the finishing regimen: At the easy end of the spectrum, leaving a pressure-treated deck bare or simply cleaning and brightening it from time to time involves little work. At the other end of the maintenance spectrum, film-forming, furniture-grade deck finishes require complete stripping and refinishing every three or four years. From prep work to finishing, here are the steps you'll need to take in order to restore a wood deck to like-new condition.

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