If your wood deck is starting to look its age, you may be surprised to learn how easy it is to restore its natural beauty. A few coats of stain can refresh the look of your entire deck, making it look as good as it did the day it was installed. And the best news is that deck staining can easily be accomplished by a novice do-it-yourselfer in a weekend or two.
To help you restore your wood deck, here are some staining tips from your friends at Randy Jaacks Rustic Woodmen Decks.
Clean Your Deck
Before you get started, remove everything from your deck and sweep the entire area to remove leaves, twigs, needles, and debris on the surface and lodged between the boards. Next, wash the deck thoroughly with a deck detergent. Use a stiff bristled broom or brush to remove mildew stains, stubborn dirt, and grime from your deck before you apply the stain.
Once the deck is clean and dry, examine the condition of the wood. While staining can help refresh the look of your deck, it won’t help to stain boards that are damaged or highly worn. If any of the boards are splintered, loose, or raised, have them repaired or replaced before staining. And if the structural integrity of your deck is questionable, bring in a contractor to inspect your deck before proceeding.
Apply the Stain
Once everything checks out, it’s time to apply the stain. Start by testing the stain on a small area to make certain the color is the one you want. When you have found a stain that you like, use a bristle brush to apply a heavy coating to the open-end grain of the boards. Then brush two to three boards from one end to the other in long, smooth strokes to avoid lap marks and uneven areas. Let the deck dry for at least three days before returning the furniture and putting it back into service.
If your deck is beyond staining, contact Randy Jaacks Rustic Woodmen Decks of Wilmette, IL. For over 45 years, we have been the Chicagoland’s premier deck designer and builder. Visit our website to learn more about wood fencing and deck services, or call us at (847) 827-7456 with any questions.