Staining Center

In order to get the most from your stain and wood, it’s important to stick to a regular maintenance schedule. Keeping up with ongoing checks, cleaning and retouches will help protect your wood and give your deck a longer life.

Regular Checks & Cleaning

Maintain Your Stain

Below are a few quick tips to ensure long lasting beauty.

  • Keep it clear – Sweep your deck regularly of leaves, snow, and debris.
  • Keep it clean – Hose your deck at least 1-2 times per year and use a brush if needed. You don’t need to pressure clean the surface.
  • Keep substrate clear and cut away from your deck. This includes brushes, trees and vines.

Inspect for wear and tear, especially along the top rails and in high-traffic sections of your deck. Specifically, you should be looking for the following:

  • Soft spots
  • Holes
  • Cracks in the boards
  • Loose fasteners and boards
  • Fungus/Dry Rot
  • Discoloration

Life Expectancy

Stain life depends on several factors including amount of sun exposure, wear, surface prep, wood condition and application technique. Proper maintenance will keep a finish looking better longer. You will also want to inspect the surface every 2-3 years for decks and 7-10 years for siding and fences to determine if the wood needs to be recoated.

The following ranges are guidelines. In general, the more opaque a stain, the more protection it offers, but the less of the wood’s character comes through.

Things to consider: Type of wood stained, which finish and color used on the wood, and how the wood was previously cared for.

STAIN TYPE   DECK   SIDING & FENCES
CLEAR   6 months — 1 year   1 – 2 years
TONER   1 – 3 years   2 – 5 years
SEMI-
TRANSPARENT
  2 – 6 years   4 – 7 years
SEMI-SOLID   3 – 8 years   5 – 10 years
SOLID   3 – 10 years   7 – 25 years