How to Maintain a Deck Stain by Applying Repeat Coatings

Because decks are subjected to all types of weather, they require regular maintenance. Most decks should be cleaned and stained annually or bi-annually to protect the wood from becoming damaged. Once the initial work is done to stain a deck for protection, it can be maintained much easier in the future. A good deck stain will last several years as long as it is taken care of.

Maintain a deck stain by doing a light wash with a mild deck detergent. Gently scrub the deck to remove any dirt and grime that may have worked its way into the stain. A pressure washer can also be used with light to medium pressure. The idea is to clean the surface without removing any of the old deck stains.

After giving the deck a light wash, apply a deck brightener to the surface and rinse. This makes the surface more acidic and ready to accept and a new coat of stain. Allow the deck to dry for a day or two before proceeding.

Once dry, apply a coat of the same deck stain that was originally used on the deck. Apply only as much stain as the wood can absorb. Allow the stain to soak in for 10-15 minutes before wiping away the excess. Do not let the stain puddle, run, or drip. You want all the deck stain to penetrate into the wood fibers. As a generally rule, you will find you only use half as much stain as you did initially staining the deck. The maintenance coat will also be much easier to apply than originally.

Cleaning and staining a deck regularly to maintain a deck stain helps to prolong its protection. Preventative deck maintenance will ensure you have a beautiful looking deck all of the time. Maintenance does not allow a deck stain to fail completely requiring a full deck restoration. Maintain your deck’s stain on a regular basis and reap the rewards of a year-round gorgeous deck.

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    The Sealer Store · 08/03/2015
    Best to leave it alone and apply another light coat to all wood in the Spring.
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    Darrell · 07/31/2015
    I followed all directions but after applying brighter the weather gave me no dry spells to allow the deck to dry for 2 days. After looking at the forecast for more rain I stained the deck with AC semi solid after 24 hours with no rain.

    The color is consistent but some boards do not bead up. Some do.

    1. Should I brighten and stain just the NON-BEADING BOARDS...??

    2. OR should I put another coat on the entire deck?
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    The Sealer Store · 09/22/2014
    Look at the Armstrong Clark or TWP Stains
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    Mathew · 09/22/2014
    I have my decks pressure treated and now I need to seal them and prefer to still be able to see the wood grain.

    What is easiest to apply and lasts the longest?