If you have a deck , like those installed by Alfa Decking & Floors, attached to your home, you probably use it in the summertime to relax, BBQ, or entertain. If your deck is looking faded and worn, it may be time to clean it and give it a new coat of stain. Staining a deck can improve its appearance tremendously. Here are some instructions that you can use to help you learn how to stain your own deck.

Materials You Will Need:

  • A pressure washer
  • Mildew remover
  • Bleach
  • Stain
  • A paintbrush
  • A clean cloth
  • Sealant

Preparing The Deck By Cleaning

Cleaning the surface of your deck is an important step that you should not skip. Dirt and debris that's left on the deck can compromise the final look of your staining job. You should use a pressure washer to thoroughly clean your deck. Use a mixture of bleach, mildew remover and water to clean the entire surface. Make sure that you do not use your pressure washer too close to the wood as it can compromise the velocity.  A half a foot distance should be sufficient. After washing, allow to dry completely before moving along to the staining process.

Repairing The Deck

After cleaning your deck you will be able to notice any flaws much easier. Do a walk-through and check the floorboards, rails and steps for areas that may have become damaged. Anything that looks warped, rotted, or cracked should be replaced before staining your deck. The replaced pieces will look the same as the older pieces when the stain has been added.

Staining The Deck

When staining your deck, you will want to decide if you are adding color or if you would rather have a transparent stain. Transparent stain will add shine to the surface without changing the color. Colored stains can be bought in many different shades but don't really have the shine feature. Stains usually come in flat colors. You can add a sealant afterwards if you want to add a little sheen to your deck.

Start at one corner of your deck and apply the stain using a paintbrush. Paint on the color, making sure to get the brush inside all cracks between the wood. Use a clean cloth to rub the stain into the surface and to mop up any drips or pooling that periodically occur when adding stain. Work your way back and forth, across the floor of your deck, working your way to the steps. When the stain is completely dry, use a coating of sealant, if desired.