Staining your outdoor wood deck not only helps it retain its beauty, but it also provides protection to the wood and lessens the damage caused by sun exposure, humidity, and rain.  However, staining your wood deck takes a lot of time, effort, and knowledge.  Many homeowners rush into staining without any idea of how to properly stain their deck and end up receiving less than satisfying results. So, to help you properly stain your wood deck, here are some important things to remember:

  • Prepare. Don’t rush into staining without properly preparing your deck. Wooden decks need to be cleaned first in order to remove then dirt and debris that have accumulated on the wood. Otherwise, the stain will simply conceal the dirt and create further damage to your wood.  Also sand any rough areas to make them smooth, so you achieve a more consistent finish.
  • Read the instructions.  Don’t get so excited or rushed that you don’t take the time to read the instructions on the stain you’re using.  Every kind of stain has a different application process, and every type of wood needs to be handled differently.  ,So don’t assume you know how to do it.  Read the instructions.
  • Avoid using cheap and unknown brands of stains. Although you may be able to find cheap options, the risk of not achieving your ideal stain on your wood is not worth it, and it can be an expensive mistake to fix.  In the end, it’s more cost-effective to use a slightly more expensive, yet proven, brand because you know you’ll get the results you’re looking for.
  • Commit to the time. Keep in mind that staining your deck takes a lot of time. You need to allot time for cleaning and preparing your deck, applying stain, and letting it dry. So, focus solely on your staining project and don’t try to do a lot of other projects simultaneously.

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