Preparing and cleaning the surface is one of the most important parts of the staining process. Follow these simple steps to ensure your job looks great and lasts for years to come.
Video: How To Prep and Stain A Deck
Step 1 - Inspection & Repair
Before prepping the surface, repair or replace any loose or broken boards. Remove or re-nail any boards that may be loose. If nails or screws are needed, use non-rusting galvanized nails or screws.
Step 2 - Cleaning the Surface
Before you begin power washing, you should remove everything from the surface of your deck (e.g. grill, table and chairs, flower pots, etc.). Sweep any loose debris off the deck. Time saving tip, use a leaf blower to remove any debris. Hard water can create spots on glass that are difficult to remove so cover windows close to the surface of your deck to prevent extra work later on. Large water filters can be rented to treat hard water coming through a power washer.
Step 3 - Power Washing
This part of the process is very important. Without power washing your deck, the stain will not apply evenly due to marks, debris or other items obstructing the material from reaching the surface. Once your safety goggles are on, go to the farthest corner and start spraying while moving the 15-degree tip left to right just perpendicular to the decks surface. (You can go as wide as you’d like as long as you are comfortable.) Maintain, the same distance from the tip of the washer to the deck surface throughout the cleaning. Keep a minimum of 12″ when washing the railings so that you do not put a groove or pit your material.
By consistently staying with the pattern in the wood you know where you have started and stopped during the cleaning process.