How to Stain a Deck Like a Pro

A deck can be a very useful and enjoyable outdoor space, especially to enjoy the stunning vistas we have here in Colorado. To keep your deck looking new it’s important to also stain it to protect it from the elements.

If you’re a DIYer,  here are some tips for staining your deck.

  1.  Don’t rush

You need to take your time. You should allow new lumber to weather a bit before staining it. Don’t start your project until there is nice weather.

  1.  Prepare

This is key for the end result. The deck needs to be cleaned before you stain it. Oxygen bleach wood cleaners are a good choice. They clean wood but won’t harm any plants. They won’t hurt you and will not burn the skin, making them safer.

  1.  Use wood brighteners

It’s an easy step and will have a great effect on the end results. Wood brighteners can be applied easily. They make old wood that is weathered look new again. Simply spray on, wait a few minutes, and rinse off. It’s that easy to use them.

  1.  Rinse off your deck

Use plenty of water after you’ve used any chemicals. Even if they are harmless, they need to be rinsed off completely.

  1.  Stay away from cheap supplies

Now that the deck has been cleaned, it’s ready for some stain. Before you buy the stain, keep in mind you get what you pay for. Stay away from the cheap product if you want results that will last.

  1.  Consider waterborne stains

Some are longer lasting that oil based stains. They offer some advantages. You can clean them up with soap and water, have no fumes that you will breathe in, and have better resistance to the elements.

  1.  Follow the directions on the can

Every can of stain is different, so read the directions on the label. It doesn’t take long and you’ll have all the information that you need before you start. Pay attention to how many coats to put on, how long to wait after each of them, how long to wait after you clean, and how long the wood needs to weather. Read the label!

  1.  More is not better

Only apply as much as the wood can easily absorb, or you’ll get a peeling mess. Much like paint, the wood won’t be able to breathe at all.

  1.  The paint brush is important

Regardless of how you put the stain on your deck, keep a paint brush on hand. The friction from the brush will cause the board to absorb more stain, which is the desired result.

  1.  Maintenance tips

Some effort can keep you deck in the best shape possible. You should wash your deck occasionally and get rid of debris. If the deck stain loses color, it can be cleaned up with wood brightener and a light coat of stain to make it look great again.

With these tips, your deck will be beautiful and protected from the elements in no time.

I’m counting down the days until Spring here!  Are you? 🙂


1 Comment

  • Jeffrey March 2, 2016 at 2:42 am

    I used to stain with a bleach solution for 15 to 20 minutes. Check out this website, who suggest DIY solutions on home maintenance.


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