Q: Do I need to clean my deck before I stain it?
A: Yes. The answer is simple enough, but it really should be remembered that it's important to remove all dirt and contaminants from the surface of wood to ensure proper stain penetration and maximum durability of wood stains. These cleaning tips will help you properly prepare your deck before staining it.
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A Critical First Step
Before Is Better
Take the extra time before applying your fresh wood stain to clean your deck. It's a critical first step for a beautiful, long-lasting finish.
Olympic Premium Deck Cleaner will help you easily remove dirt, build-up, algae and mildew. Take the proper steps early in your staining project to enjoy the lasting benefits of a freshly refinished deck.
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Better Stain Protection
Remember, you're applying something topically. If your new wood stain can't get full access to the surface it must protect, it can't do its job. Plus, you'll be disappointed with the end result.
For previously stained wood, dark cedar and redwood, we recommend Olympic Premium Deck Brightener & Wash, and a hose instead of a power washer, for gentler cleaning.
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An important part of any staining project
Prepping your deck before staining is key to getting good staining results, and Olympic has the cleaners and stripper you will need to make your project go right.