Q. I just bought a new home and need to stain my deck. What products should I use, and how can I do it myself?
A. Congratulations on the purchase of your new home! The periodic maintenance of a deck is important not only its longevity, but also to the safety of those using the space. A wood deck is constantly under attack from the elements: rain, snow, ice, sun, wind, etc.
A high-quality deck stain is intended to protect the wood decking from damaging UV rays, as well seal the wood from the wetting and drying cycles of moisture. The following is a brief checklist I use when it is time to re-stain a deck
1. Inspect. Does the deck have loose boards or nails? Rotting? Are the stairs and railings sturdy?
2. Clean. Use a wood cleaner specifically made for deck cleaning, a stiff bristle broom and some elbow grease. Rinse the deck after cleaning, and wait 24 hours for it to dry so the stain will penetrate, providing a longer lasting finish.
3. Condition. If the wood is dry and splintery, apply a conditioner prior to the stain for even distribution.
4. Stain/Seal. Always follow the manufacturer’s instructions. Ensure that the wood is dry.
Depending on sun exposure, most stains last approximately two to five years between applications. But, if this sounds too complicated, hire a professional.
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