If not approached methodically, the process of deck staining can turn out to be an big job. Here are a few tips to keep in mind when staining your deck.
Clean the Deck
One of the most important things to keep in mind when staining your deck is that you need to thoroughly clean it first. Before stain can be applied to the surface of the wood, you need to make sure that it is clean of dirt and debris. If there is any dirt or dust or anything else on the deck when you stain it, it will not work as well. You might end up with spotty results in the staining process. Use a sodium percarbonate wood cleaner for best results. This will effectively remove any buildup as well as most stains. It is also safe for the environment. You can also use a pressure washer if you desire. Even if you are purchasing new wood, you should make sure that you clean it first. Sitting in the lumberyard for a while can cause a lot of build up to form on the surface of the wood. Therefore, regardless of what condition your wood is in, make sure that you clean it.
Use a Wood Brightener
One often overlooked step in this process is to use a wood brightener. This is a very easy to apply product that can net you some great results. This product is simply sprayed on the deck surface. You do not have to scrub anything or do any hard labor to apply it. It will then help open up the pores of the woods so that it will receive the stain better. Once you are done, the wood will look much brighter and a lot better than if you had not used this product.
Purchase a Good Sealer
When you get ready for the sealing process, it is important to remember that you do not want to purchase the cheapest the sealer that is available on the market. This is one area that you really do get what you pay for. Therefore, check out some of the better sealers on the market and buy one of them. Getting a good water-based sealer or an epoxy-fortified wood stain will work well in most applications. While it might be more expensive on the front end for a good sealer, it will usually last a little longer. Therefore, over the long run, you will actually spend less in most cases.
Use a Brush
While there are many different ways to apply the stain, perhaps the best way to do it is to use a paintbrush. This will help you get the stain deep down into the pores of the wood better than if you use another method. Take your time and apply the stain slowly onto the deck. This will make a big difference in the finished product.