How to Deck Stain and Restore Your Deck to its Original Beauty
By Mark J. Donovan
||Deck staining will keep your deck looking like new and protect it for years to come. Deck stain protects a deck from water, snow, and ultra-violet light damage. I’ve summarized below deck staining instructions for restoring your deck’s original beauty and protecting it from the weather elements.
Deck Stain Selection
When it comes to purchasing deck stain you have three basic choices, solid deck stains, semi-transparent stains, and clear stains. Your best choice is to select a deck stain that is relatively similar in color to the original color of the deck. My deck stain of choice is a semi-transparent deck stain.
Prior to deck staining it is imperative that the deck be thoroughly cleaned. First sweep the deck clean of any loose debris. Then apply a deck cleaner solution to the deck, brushing it on and then rinsing it with a garden hose.
Alternatively you can use a pressure washer to clean the deck however be careful to not to damage the deck wood. Use a low pressure adapter on the pressure washer wand and keep the end of the pressure washer wand at least one foot away from the deck surface. Applying the pressure wand to close to the deck can damage the wood grain and will result in an ugly deck stain finish.
Allow the deck to thoroughly dry out before moving on to actually applying the deck stain.
Also make sure the weather forecast shows dry weather for the next 24 to 48 hours. In addition, avoid deck staining when the weather is expected to be extremely hot or cold. Deck stain should not be applied below 50 degrees Fahrenheit.
After applying the deck stain, allow it to dry for 24 to 48 hours prior to walking on it.
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