Summer is at the doorstep as it calls for us to enjoy the delightful warm breeze and the shining rays of the sun; grab a couple of beers on the deck and maybe, start a BBQ.
A wooden deck is definitely a monument of beauty, only if preserved well from one year to the next. Properly staining a deck can help sustain its beauty through years of BBQs!
First thing that comes to mind is the ‘difficulty’ and probably the expenses of hiring a carpenter for a decking stain job, no worries, you shall find here a couple of easy steps that will get the job done as quick as possible with minimum of expenses and best of all, the job can be effortlessly accomplished by a do-it-yourself in a couple of weekends.
Starting off, everything from the deck has to be removed. Sweep the whole surface, removing any grass, twigs, branches and anything that is bulgy, especially between the boards. For a better outcome, a stiff bristle broom will help in removing mould stains, stubborn dirt and filth.
Next, the deck should be washed systematically with a deck detergent and follow its instructions for the best outcome. Before using the detergent, make sure it is suitable for the deck of your type. Once the deck is cleaned and dry, check the state of the wood, if there are any loose or splintered boards, you will have to mend them.
Now, we can begin the decking stain process. A few utensils and equipment are needed:
- Wood Stain
- Rubber Gloves
- Roller with an extension pole
- Rags and a drop cloth
Before beginning, always examine the stain on a small area and allow it to dry to make sure the colour is the one you prefer and try avoiding direct sunlight while applying the stain. For safety, you should always wear rubber gloves and goggles to avoid any chemicals from harming you, even though they seem safe, you can never be too sure.
Once your deck is ready, start by using the paint bristle brush and heavily cover the open end of the wooden boards. Brush a couple of boards using the same technique using extended, even strokes. Trying to avoid lap marks, be sure the leading edge is wet and that both wet stains are brushed together.
Keep in mind excessive stain is not better. When the decking stain is over-applied, it is more likely to peel or split when open to different elements such as moisture or produce a sticky surface which can avoid it from drying properly.
Another way of applying the stain is by using a roller with an extension pole. It is very efficient and less tiring, rather than having to bend (using the paintbrush), you can get the job done in less time and without back pains. Another advantage, the roller allows you to spread the stain equally across the wooden floors, avoiding uneven stains. Generally known, if your wooden deck fends off the water, the existing stain is still setting.
When you finish staining your deck, leave it to dry for around 3 days, not less. It is better to let it dry fully, to avoid any smudges or any damage to the decking stain. It is better to avoid walking on the deck as well to obtain the best outcome.
Finally, make sure you take your time whilst staining your deck. It is not a tiring job but it needs patience. Most importantly remember to not put the patio furniture back on the deck after it has fully dried. You have done everything right so far, waiting for a few days will not harm.