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Oct
26

Preparing Your Deck for Staining

Wood decks look beautiful when they are newly stained. However, after a few years the stain can begin to fade and chip and pretty soon your wood deck is more of an eyesore than beautiful. However, a fresh coat of stain can bring back that luster and make your deck look like new again. But before you grab a bucket of stain and a brush, you need to prepare the wood for staining.

Removing the Old Stain

If you have wood stain that is flaking off your deck, you must remove that old stain before adding new stain. To do that, you have two choices. You can use a pressure washer to remove any grime, mildew and loosen the stain, then use a stripping agent to remove the stain. This is time consuming and the chemicals used are very toxic. Many people prefer not to use these harsh chemicals that can affect their landscaping and soil around their deck.

The second option is to remove the stain completely by pressure washing, using no chemicals at all. To do this, you must use a higher intensity of water. While this will remove the stain, it can damage the wood of your deck and create grooves. It takes a professional touch to be able to remove only the stain and not harm the wood. If you want to use this method, it is best to hire a professional pressure washing service that has the experience and equipment to remove the stain without damaging the deck.

Once the stain is completely removed, you will want to wait about a week for the wood to completely dry before adding new stain. Make sure there is no moisture on the deck in the 24-hours before staining and follow the directions for the stain you buy. Before long your deck will look like new again.

Posted on behalf of:
Impact Pressure Washing
105 Commerce Drive
Fayetteville, GA 30214
(678) 697-7127

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