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How to Fix a Slippery Deck

Decks are a wonderful place to retreat or to entertain guests. Unfortunately, the downside of a wood deck is a slippery surface after a rain or early morning dew. You can cover your home's deck to alleviate the slipperiness or you can preserve the sunshine by installing non-skid strips. This fix is normally used for marine vessels, but it also work on home decks. These come in different colors and sizes, so you can find strips that best match your deck.


Step 1

Sweep off your deck with a broom and dustpan. 


Step 2

Combine one part trisodium phosphate, commonly called TSP, with three parts water in a bucket using a hose. 


Step 3

Clean your deck with the mixture using a scrub brush.  Rinse it off with the hose and allow to air dry.


Step 4

Attach fine-grit sandpaper to an orbital sander.  Run the sander across your deck to remove any splinters.

Sweep the deck again with a broom and dustpan. 


Step 5

Unpack non-skid strips from the packaging.  Lay it across the deck along the center line of each plank.


Step 6

Cut the strips to fit the length of the planks using scissors. 


Step 7

Pull the backing off the strips one by one from the edge of the deck toward the house.  Use a roller to press each strip to each individual plank.

Allow the adhesive to bond to the deck according to manufacturer directions before walking on the deck. 

Things You Will Need

  • Broom
  • Dustpan
  • Trisodium phosphate (TSP)
  • Bucket
  • Hose
  • Scrub brush
  • Fine-grit sandpaper
  • Orbital sander
  • Non-skid strips
  • Scissors
  • Hand roller

About the Author

Owen Richason grew up working in his family's small contracting business. He later became an outplacement consultant, then a retail business consultant. Richason is a former personal finance and business writer for "Tampa Bay Business and Financier." He now writes for various publications, websites and blogs.