The Deck Groove Cleaner™ is an essential part of a professional wood deck restoration project. Wood and composite decks are subject to some of Mother Nature’s worst environmental conditions. Wood deck restoration is mandatory to keep the wood decking and support framing sealed from the elements of good old Mother Nature. Although it is a job that requires some physical strength, it also requires the correct techniques and the right tools to have a quality end result. This will give you back the natural beauty of the wood and will look good for many years to come. Wood and composite decking require different restoration techniques, but after the right moves you should end up with a clean and restored surface. Wood decking restoration starts with setting the nails or screws below the surface. This only needs to be done if the wood decking is rough and the grain lines appear sharp or the soft wood is below the grain lines. When the nails or screws are below the surface the next step will be sanding with a 12″x18″ flat plate sanding machine, which can be rented at a local rental yard. You will also need several different grits of sanding sheets. You should start with a 36 grit sanding sheet and complete two to three passes, back and forth on the same two deck boards until the entire deck is sanded. This grit should sand off the high spots and give the decking a smooth look. Repeat the sanding step, but switch to a 60 grit sanding sheet. This grit paper is used to remove the small little circles the 36 grit sanding sheet leaves behind and will leave the surface smooth and ready for the next step, which is cleaning the spaces between the deck boards. The Deck Groove Cleaner™ is the ideal tool for this step. Since the top of the decking has been cleaned it is time to remove the leaves, Pine needles, twigs, and dirt build up from between the deck boards. Let’s call it “flossing” the deck, similar to how you clean your teeth. Um, do you have your teeth cleaned at least once a year? Your deck needs the same treatment. When you do not floss your teeth food gets stuck in between your teeth and it starts the decay process. Sometimes your breath starts to turn people off. The Deck Groove Cleaner™ , or as we call it “the deck flosser”, does the same for your deck. It removes all the debris trapped between the boards of your wood or composite deck deposited by Mother Nature drops on your wood and composite deck that is in between the decking. The debris between your deck boards, if not removed, will add to the demise of your deck. When those pine needles, tree leaves, and other debris falls out of the sky and gets in between the decking, it does not let the wood decking and support joists breath. The debris will not allow rain or water from plants to properly drain. In fact, it keeps moisture between the decking and on top of the support joists. This creates the right conditions for dry rot to start. Just like the food left between your teeth can cause tooth decay, dry rot can cause wood decay. You will not be able to see the dry rot until it is too late. Dry rot will begin to eat away at the edges of your wood decking and the top of the support joists where the debris sits. Although the top of the deck looks great, the underneath is slowly rotting away. Flossing your deck to remove all the leaves, pine needles, and dirt from between the deck boards will save your deck from dry rot. This one small step will extend the life of your deck for years to come. When the grooves are cleaned, the wood sealer you apply to the deck will get on the edges of the wood decking and on top of the exposed joists. This will seal these exposed wood surfaces from water and dry rot.