Maintain Your Stain

porch swing stained blue


Maintain Your Stain


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

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 retouched, recoated or otherwise, dependent on weather conditions and maintenance performed.