7 Tips For Staining Your Deck in Cincinnati, OH
In the process of owning a deck, whether it has been a long time since it was stained or it is just a deck that you have built and need to stain, the process can be long and rather complicated if you are new to it.
Staining a deck is an absolutely necessary thing, but if you know what you are doing and come prepared you will do a much better job.
With that being the case, let us now look at and consider seven tips for staining your deck in Cincinnati, OH.
1. Sweep The Deck Clean First
An important starting place in getting stained decks lays in making sure that they are fully clean.
A simple way to do this is to just sweep the leaves and other debris that you might find on the deck that accumulates over time.
As easy as this is, it is important to do so that you don't wind up with things from your deck ending up in the stain.
2. Look For Rot
Since you have the deck fully cleared of the debris and leaves that were there, you have a good opportunity to check for rot on the deck.
Rot is something that you don't ever want to see on your deck, and if you spot any, you're not going to want to just leave it be and try to stain it.
Depending on the size of the rotten area, you will either have to remove it and fill it with wood filler or entirely remove the board and replace it.
If you go for the latter, you're going to have to remember to try to match the existing boards in terms of shade and the like -- the best of stains aren't going to make a different looking board match.
3. Remove The Furniture
As seemingly obvious as it is, you need to know that the deck cannot be stained if anything is on it -- and that includes all of your favorite furniture.
Though it may be difficult to do so and you will have to find somewhere to put the furniture, it is well worth doing so that you can properly get the staining done correctly.
4. Don't Stain Immediately
If you have only just built your deck, you're not going to want to stain the deck right away -- this would be a mistake.
You are going to need to give your deck time to settle and fully dry before you start the staining process -- this is much better for the deck in the long run.
5. Avoid Direct Sunlight
Another important thing that you should remember is that the conditions outside will have a significant effect on the application of the stain to your deck.
Staining your deck in direct sunlight will lead to all sorts of negative consequences, the worst of which might be that the stain will dry too quickly and not allow the stain to set in as it should.
The long term effect is that you're going to find that your stain ultimately lasts less time than if you apply the stain when it is overcast.
6. Wait Before Using
After you have finished staining your deck, you are going to need to wait for the stain to fully dry before you make use of it.
The reason for this should be fairly obvious, but if it isn't you should know that stepping onto your deck before your deck is dry will lead to a mess -- and a need to re-stain your deck.
7. Don't Use An Inexpensive Applicator
Lastly, be careful what applicator you use to apply the stain to your deck.
In particular, you're not going to want to use a low price pad type applicator or other cheap brush-like applicator for putting the stain on your deck.
You will struggle more with the application process with cheaper applicators and it is more likely that you will find bits of the brush in your stain, which you will have to remove, making it an overall more time consuming process.
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