If you have a deck in your yard, then you already know how much work it can be to keep it clean and looking new. Wood decks can accumulate with mold and all types of debris which can stain and mar the surface. Over time all of that debris and all of those stains may make your deck look a little unsightly. Staining your deck can help repel water and prevent stains. Read on for instructions on how to stain your deck properly so that it lasts.
Here's What You'll Need:
- Long-handled roller
- Tape and drop cloths
- Garden hose
- Scrub brush
- To start, you'll need to thoroughly clean your deck to remove the old stain and all debris on your deck. Use a deck cleaner and spray it on your deck to clean it. If needed, use a scrub brush to scrub away stains. If your deck still has stains or appears uneven, you may need to sand it down. If it isn't cleaned thoroughly, the stain may not adhere properly to your deck.
- When your deck is clean and sanded, rinse the wood thoroughly with your garden hose and allow it to dry.
- Before staining be sure you are going to have good weather for a couple of days. You want the deck stain to dry and set without any chance of rain in the forecast.
- To start staining, you'll need to tape off any areas where you don't want to get a stain on or use a drop cloth around landscaping.
- Next, use a stain brush and begin to stain in between the deck boards. You only want to work in small sections at a time so that you can blend the area between the boards with the boards themselves. Use a roller roll the stain on the boards themselves and back-brush over the roller to remove excess stain or to blend your boards. Apply the stain in thin even coats.
- When finished, allow the deck to dry and see if you want a second coat of the stain. If you want another coat, wait 24 hours to apply it. A second coating may make the stain appear darker.
Your deck stain can last years if done properly. Keep your deck clean and free of all debris and standing water to lengthen the life of your stain and your deck. Call a professional for more information on wood finishes.