Deck Staining Home Maintenance

How To Prepare A Deck Before Staining?

Preparing a deck before staining is not an easy task. It is a long and thorough process but is highly beneficial to preserving its integrity and structure. Taking the time to prepare your deck before staining or sealing it correctly means that you get the job done right and that your deck will look great for years to come. Regardless if you have a new deck or are trying to restain one, in this blog post, we’ll share tips on preparing it before beginning your project.

How to clean a deck before staining?

 Before doing any work, check the weather to ensure you have clear, dry weather for several days. You also don’t want the temperature to be too hot. 

  • First, remove and put aside your outdoor furniture; remove any loose debris, leaves, sticks, and trash from the surface of your deck. You can do it with a broom or a leaf blower;
  • Second, make sure to sand down the rough spots on your deck. This will help create a smooth surface for the stain or sealer to adhere to;
  • Next, it’s time to check the wood for any damage: secure any popping nails, treat mold and mildew, and replace any rotten or damaged planks;
  • Apply your deck cleaner with a paint roller or a brush according to the manufacturer’s instructions. Make sure to get a cleaner that removes all dirt and grime. Allow the cleaner to set for 15 minutes, and then work the cleaner into the surface using a stiff brush. Scrub thoroughly to remove all residue;
  • Now the deck is ready to be rinsed. You can use a garden hose with a good stream or, if available, a power washer. Ensure the power washer follows the wood grain, stays about 12-inches from the surface, and is equipped with a 45-degree tip set at 1200 – 1400 psi. After rinsing, apply the wood brightener. A wood brightener opens up the wood’s surface to improve stain penetration and bring out the wood’s natural grain;
  • After giving the deck a final rinse, allow it to dry thoroughly. Usually, it takes 1-2 days before the wood is completely dry and ready for staining. This is a crucial step to ensure your wood absorbs the greatest amount of sealer in a uniform, even coat;
  • After allowing it to dry completely, you can lightly sand the deck again to remove any remaining splinters or residue. 

Newly installed decks are not recommended to be stained immediately. New smooth decking boards are not porous enough for most stains to penetrate properly. Because the wood is still fresh, allow it to weather for 1-12 months and follow the same cleaning process before staining.

How to apply deck stain properly?

Applying deck stain can be pretty challenging, but all you need are proper tools, simple techniques, and favorable weather. To get the best result from your project, apply stain when the temperatures are between 50°F and 90°F, and avoid staining in direct sunlight if possible. Sun dries out stain quickly and can create uneven color and brush marks. With a paint roller, start staining small sections at a time, go back with a large paintbrush, and, along the wood grain, even out the stain to a natural brushstroke look. Finish applying the stain in hard-to-reach areas using a smaller paintbrush. Make sure you use the same brushstroke technique and let the stain dry for 48 hours before walking on it.

For new decks, one coat of stain is sufficient as fresh wood still isn’t very absorbent after the waiting period. If desired, apply a maintenance coat in 12-18 months.

 How to maintain the deck after staining?

Most decks should be cleaned once or twice yearly because they are subjected to weather and wear and tear. As for the maintenance work, lightly scrub the deck with a mild deck detergent to remove dirt and grime that may have worked its way into the stain. You can use a pressure washer with light to medium pressure without removing any old deck stains. In addition to washing it, regular everyday sweeping will prevent exposure to dirt, leaves, and water accumulation. Regular checkups and inspections of the deck will help you know where it needs refinishing or touch-ups.

How often should I clean my deck?

It is recommended to clean your deck at least once a year. However, if it’s filthy or you notice any mildew or mold, you may need to clean it more frequently. If your deck is turning gray, it’s likely due to the sun and weather exposure. For this issue, you can use the wood brightener to restore the wood’s natural color and re-seal the deck with a clear wood sealer. If your deck is very weathered or has warped wood planks, it’s best to call a professional. They will provide not only recommendations on how to prevent warping but will also replace and repair any warped or damaged boards.


Restoring your deck or just sealing a newly built one will provide you with the necessary experience to know what you need to maintain your deck over the years. Should you choose to stain the deck yourself or hire a professional team for that task, you will now know the proper and recommended procedures for deck staining. Deck Doc specializes in deck staining, sealing, and repairs. With over two decades of experience and a history of excellent service, we can complete any deck restoring job. Call us for a free estimate, or have your next deck restoration project booked on our website.

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Stain colors: How To Choose Perfect Color For Your Deck?

A fresh coat of stain can transform your deck’s look, and it helps protect the wood from the weathering, adding more years to your outdoor living. Even the best staining jobs require regular refinishing every two or three years. It is best to do deck restoration at the earliest signs of wear. In this blog, we focused on choosing the right stain for your deck and what key steps are essential in deck staining and restoration.

What is the process of deck staining?

deck staining process

To better choose the right stain for your deck, it is best to know first what the staining process consists of, as it allows you to understand better what you need to consider and what you will work with.

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Summer Deck Maintenance Tips

Summer is an arduous time for homeowners, and deck maintenance is included in the to-do list. The weather wears out your deck, and we would love to give you some tips to help you take care of your deck. In this blog, we will go over a few steps you can take that will make your summer deck look fresh and new.

Washing your deck

deck power washing

Before you start, getting your deck as clean as possible is important. As soon as the warm weather breaks, give your deck a good sweep. You can also check for debris falling through the boards with a putty knife. Next, wash your deck. You want to remove any dirt or mold that’s accumulated over time.

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Decking Material For New Deck

Today, there are many decking options you can choose from, and the variety keeps increasing. With so much variety, you’re only limited by your budget. 

If you plan to build a new deck, you might have realized that with so many options, it’s challenging to pick just one. Before, the only available materials were a few kinds of wood. But today, there are a dozen or more types of decking materials, including hardwood, plastic, and lumber decking, to name but a few. 

Let’s look at the various decking materials to help you make an informed decision.

Cedar and Redwood

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Deck Staining or Sealing After The Winter

Chicago’s winters can be harsh on wooden decks surfaces between the below-freezing temperatures and the frequent snow and ice. Boards may rot, metal bolts may rust, and protective lacquers can wear away over time. 

As spring approaches, outdoor gatherings start to become an everyday reality. It’s essential to make sure your deck is in top repair, not just for aesthetic reasons but also for the safety of your family and guests.

To cover up the ravages of winter and protect your porch from the spring rains, contact the best local deck sealing company. Deck Doc provides expert deck staining and deck sealing services. 

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Deck Maintenance Tips and How To Extend Life Of Your Deck

Are you the proud owner of an outdoor wooden deck? If so, then you’re probably familiar with the work it takes to maintain and care for such a large structure. While most people choose wooden decks because they add a nice aesthetic touch to their home, the materials you choose for your deck can make all the difference. It will determine how long it will last without maintenance and how much care it will need between staining or sealing treatments. Here are a few tips that will help you keep your deck looking its best over time.

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Winter Deck Maintenance Tips

The first snowfall of the year is always enchanting. However, when your deck isn’t ‘winterized,’ you’re looking at damage and repairs once springtime comes around. Taking preventative measures is the easiest way to ensure its longevity and prevent costly repairs. Here are five-deck maintenance tips to get ready for springtime.

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Deck Maintenance: How To Keep Your Deck Clean and Prevent Rotting

Owning a property with a deck is many people’s dream. They can be great for summer parties, BBQs, or other outdoor activities. However, many people struggle to maintain their outdoor spaces due to the risk of issues like wood rot. There are four easy steps to take that will help to keep your deck clean and in good condition. Read on to learn more about the importance of deck staining, managing deck power washing, and other important information.

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What Is the Best Material for Wooden Decks?

What’s the best material for wooden decks? Honestly, there’s no wrong choice. There are advantages and disadvantages no matter which type of wood you choose.

Some are cheaper upfront but are less durable compared to other options. Thus, they cost more in the long run.

Some wooden decks are just expensive, period. But then, the appearance of these expensive decks might be exactly what you’re looking for.

The point is, there is one ideal material that is the best fit for you—the right look, the right cost, and the right amount of maintenance. And we’re going to help you find it. In this guide, we compare the pros and cons of each type of wood decking. And we teach you what factors to consider when making your choice. To discover the ideal wood for your deck, read this comparison.

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6 Ways to Tell If Your Deck Repairs Require a Professional Solution

Now that the holidays are here and you plan to spend them at home, you’re going to need your deck more than ever. That additional space can be a place to entertain your guests, host some barbecues, or relax as you enjoy the outdoors. But all of these will only happen when your deck is in good condition. How do you know if your deck is in the right shape to serve you this season — or, whether it needs some touch-ups? Here are six ways how to tell if you need deck repairs.