Every project, done well, takes lots of preparation beforehand. Just like how a musician practices for months before a performance, so a DIY-driven homeowner properly prepares before staining a wood deck. For professional, seamless results, you can prepare your deck for staining with the following steps.
Inspect the Deck
First, you’ll want to take a few minutes to inspect the deck. With an easy, brief inspection, you’ll be able to see exactly what is wrong with it and make a note to make it right. These problems could range from structural issues, like rusted nails, to superficial ones, like mold or mildew.
Fix the Deck
If your deck has structural issues, you will obviously want to address those first. Common structural issues include a rotting ledger board, rusted or improper flashing, warped deck boards, wobbly deck rails, missing nails or screws, and even rotting deck posts. If you need a professional to help prepare your wood deck for staining, United Fence & Deck on Maryland’s Eastern Shore is happy to help!
Check the Stain
It is important to check what kind of stain your deck has before cleaning or applying a new stain. If your deck is unstained, or you know which kind was used before, you can proceed to the cleaning and staining. Otherwise, test your deck to see whether it has a water-based or oil-based stain: Apply a small patch of deck stripper to your deck’s surface and let it sit for fifteen minutes. Wipe it off with a clean rag. If the stain came off, it is water-based and will need stripping before you can apply the new stain. If it did not come off, you have an oil-based stain that you can cover over.
Clean the Deck
Once the deck is sturdy, sound, and stain-free, it’s time to clean the deck. This could be a more extensive process than one might think. Remove all deck furniture and other items from the platform before beginning. If you noticed mold or mildew on the deck earlier, apply an appropriate cleaner to those areas. Remember, it could happen even to new decks.
Next, apply a cleaner and follow the manufacturer’s instructions. This may require some elbow grease to get the suds into the wood. To rinse off, you’ll want to use a pressure washer with a 45-degree tip at 1200-1400 psi. Allow the deck to dry completely. Sand it lightly and blow or wipe off residual sawdust.
Choose a Dry, Cool Day
Lastly, prepare your deck for staining by choosing a day when there is no forecast for rain in the next few days. The temperature should be between 50 and 90 degrees Fahrenheit. The stain will dry faster with low humidity, but moderate humidity won’t be an issue.
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If you’re ready to see just how great a fence or deck can make your home look, you can rely on United Fence & Deck to meet them. We’ve got a reputation as a family-owned business for providing great service and prices throughout the Eastern Shore. We proudly provide our fence and deck services to Easton, St. Michaels, Cambridge, Talbot County, Dorchester County, and Queen Anne’s County. Contact us online or give us a call at (410) 476-7073 for more information. For updates about our company, follow us on Facebook and Pinterest.