How Soon After Pressure Washing My Deck Can I Stain It?
- Published: Jul 27/2018
- Last update: Oct 28/2020
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So, if you:
Then read on! This post will answer your questions.
Should you pressure wash a deck before staining it? The simple answer is “Yes, you should”. Yet, it takes more than power washing to prepare a deck for staining. There are a few steps you should take when it comes to re-sealing and staining a power-washed decking:
If you’ve applied a deck stain stripper and brightener, you can proceed to pressure washing. Remember to use the lowest pressure, or you might damage the wood. You can clean the deck with water only, but some people still prefer to add a mild cleaning detergent. If you decide to use one, make sure you don’t leave puddles of the product, as it may damage or discolour the wood. When you’re done, leave the decking to dry completely.
After thoroughly removing the old stain and cleaning the decking, all that’s left is to give it a fresh coat of stain. But how long do you have to wait to stain a pressure-washed deck? It depends on the weather conditions, but the average drying time for a jet washed wood is 48 hours. If you want to be extra sure it’s dry enough to stain, you can wait 72 hours before staining.
If you’re curious whether your pressure-washed decking is dry enough to stain, there are two methods to check:
You can, but it’s not recommended. For best results, it’s better to let the wood dry completely.
If you stain a deck while it’s still wet from pressure washing, the end result will defer from your expectations. Wood paints are usually pigments mixed in oils, which the wood absorbs. If you apply it on wet surfaces, it won’t be absorbed properly and you will end up with an uneven-looking deck. Also, you’ll be sealing water in the wood which can lead to moss, mould, and mildew problems. Another common problem when staining wet wood is that when it finally dries, the stain cracks and peels and you have to re-do the whole thing.
It shouldn’t be too cold or too hot outside. The perfect weather conditions to stain a deck area are on a dry, warm day. It shouldn’t be windy or humid. The temperature should be between 10° – 35° Celsius. You don’t want to do it while the sun is directly over the decking because the stain will dry too quickly and won’t be absorbed by the wood.
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