Your deck is a valuable part of your outdoor living space, where you can relax, entertain, and enjoy the fresh air. But over time, your deck can lose its appeal due to exposure to the elements like dirt, mould, rain, etc. If you want to revive your deck, staining is a great option.

Staining can completely transform your deck and revive it to its former glory. Summer and spring can be the best time to take over this project.

Here is a guide from our experts on how to refresh your deck with stain to bring back its beauty and enhance its durability.

Everything You Need: 

  • Scrubbing brush or broom with stiff bristles
  • Backpack sprayer
  • Gloves
  • Safety glasses
  • Measuring jug
  • Gumboots
  • Hose with access to running water
  • Products like moss and mould killer, timber and deck wash, and oil-based stain
  • Paint tray(large)


Step 1: Prepare your deck

Before you start staining your deck, you need to prepare it by removing any furniture, plants, or other items that might get in the way. Then, you need to clean your deck thoroughly to remove any dirt, mould, or old finish that might prevent the stain from adhering properly. You can use a deck cleaner, but you must always follow the instructions on the product label and rinse off the deck dry completely before moving on to the next step.

Step 2: Sand the deck

Sanding your deck is an optional but recommended step that will improve the quality and durability of your stain. Sandling will smooth out any rough or splintered areas, remove any old or peeling stains, and open up the pores of the wood to allow better penetration of the stain. You can use a power sander or sandpaper to sand your deck, depending on the size and condition of your deck.

Step 3: Choose and apply the stain

Now comes the fun part: choosing and applying the stain. There are many types and colours of stains available, so you can choose the one that suits your preferences and budget.

Once you have chosen your stain, you are ready to apply it to your deck. You will need a paint tray, roller, paintbrush, painter’s tape, and plastic sheeting to protect the areas you don’t want to stain. Start by stirring the stain well and pouring it into the paint tray. Then, use the paint roller to apply the stain to the deck floor, working in small sections and following the direction of the wood grain. Use the paintbrush to cut the edges and corners and stain the railings and other details.

Step 4: Apply a second coat

Apply two coats of stain, letting the first coat dry completely before applying the second one. Follow the manufacturer’s instructions on how long to wait between coats and how long to let the stain cure before using your deck. You need to apply a second coat of stain to enhance the colour and protect your deck.

Step 5: Seal the deck

The final step is to seal your deck to protect it from external factors like rain, water, dust, etc. You can use a clear sealer to spray or brush over the stained surface. This will add a layer of protection and enhance the appearance of the stain. Follow the instructions on the product label and let the sealer dry completely before putting back your furniture and plants.

Step 6: Enjoy your deck

Congratulations, you have successfully refreshed your deck. You can now enjoy your outdoor living space and impress your guests with your DIY skills. Your deck will look great and last longer with proper care and maintenance. You should clean your deck regularly with a mild detergent and water to remove any dirt or spills. You should also reapply the stain and sealer every few years, depending on the wear and tear and the weather conditions. With these simple steps, you can keep your deck looking fresh and inviting for years to come.

Things to keep in mind:

  • Professionals recommend refreshing and staining the deck every two to three years.
  • If you do not have the confidence or even the slightest knowledge about staining a deck, it is better to hire a professional like Property Solutions to avoid damaging your decks.
  • To prepare your deck for staining, you need to check the condition of the existing stain layer. Simply splash some water on the deck and see if it beads up or soaks in. If it beads up, you need to remove the old stain by sanding or stripping it. If it soaks in, you can use timber deck wash to clean the surface and make it ready for the new stain. This is a simple and effective way to test your deck.
  • Our experts do not recommend water blasting your deck, as it can damage the timber and create rough spots. Thus, it should be handled by a professional with experience and expertise in water blasting decks.
  • Once your deck is clean and dry, you can apply the stain of your choice. There is a variety of colours and finishes to suit your style and preference. Choose a stain that is durable, water-repelling, and UV-resistant. They will make your deck look amazing and last longer.
  • Property Solutions is the trusted name in deck staining. We have access to high-quality products from major brands. Contact us today if you are looking for professional help with assured excellent results!

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