With all the mayhem going on in the world, most people are choosing to stay home in the sanctuary of their own spaces. But what if your backyard space looks more like a prison than an oasis? Don't worry as we have the answers to making your backyard space a great place to relax and unwind this season.
How is your deck looking?
Is it spectacular or a sight? Do you know re-staining your deck is not as expensive or hard as you may think? Preparation of the wood is the key in conjunction with a good stain product. Think of using a stain and sealant in one product to save time such as Olympic Maximum Stain and Sealant.
1. Test your deck surface. A simple test is to put some water on your dry deck. If the water is absorbed after a few minutes then it's definitely time to re-stain. If it beads on the surface, then you'll have strip that sealant as it's still working.
2. Clean that deck. You can just broom off the debris before you stain. To ensure your new stain lasts and looks even you should really clean the deck of contaminants first. There are lots of deck cleaners out there, as well as pressure washing will ensure your surface is ready.
3. Do you need to sand? If you've never protected it or stained it you probably should sand. If you have stained it before and can remove stain by placing a piece of tape on it and pulling it off, then you'll need to sand as well.
4. Time to stain. Once your surface is prepped, then you're ready to stain. A brush is the optimum way to apply stain but you can still use a roller or paint pad as well. The trick is to always have a wet edge and make certain you get in between the boards, cracks and edges.
5. Take your time and be consistent. If you have railings to stain, start with them first and use a drop cloth below to protect your areas. For a great how to video from Lowes click here