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How Do You Prepare Your Deck For Staining?

Preparing a deck for staining is an important step in ensuring a long-lasting and

professional finish. You can avoid common problems such as peeling, cracking, and uneven coloring with proper preparation.


Here's a step-by-step guide on how to prepare your deck for staining:


Clean The Deck


The first step in preparing your deck for staining is to clean it thoroughly. This will remove dirt, grime, and mildew that can prevent the stain from adhering properly. You can use a deck cleaner or a water solution and mild detergent. Use a pressure washer or scrub brush to get into tight spaces and hard-to-reach areas.


Repair Any Damage


If any loose boards or nails are sticking out, repair them. You may also want to fill any cracks or holes in the deck with wood filler. This will ensure that the stain goes on smoothly and evenly.


Sand The Deck


Sanding the deck is an important step in preparing it for staining. This will help remove any rough spots and create a smooth surface for the stain to adhere to. Use a belt sander or orbital sander for larger areas, and a sanding block for tight spaces and corners. Sand in the direction of the grain, and only enough to remove rough spots and smooth the surface.


Remove Debris


After sanding, use a stiff-bristled brush or broom to remove all the dust and debris from the deck. Be sure to get into all the tight spaces and corners to ensure a clean surface.


Wait For The Deck To Dry


After cleaning and sanding, your deck needs to be completely dry before you can start staining. This may take several days, depending on the weather conditions. Make sure to check the moisture content of the deck before staining.


Deck Staining - The Hillis Way


By following these steps, you can ensure that your deck is properly prepared for

staining. With a clean and smooth surface, your stain will go on evenly and last longer.

Remember to take your time and be thorough; proper preparation is key to achieving

a beautiful, long-lasting finish.


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