Way back in February we finished replacing all of the existing boards on our deck.
Since then, we’ve been busy laying sod, building a decomposed granite patio, and enjoying springtime in Texas. This weekend, we decided it was time to stop smelling the flowers and start finishing the deck. Enter Operation Finish the Deck. Our mission this weekend was to stain the deck with the leftover stain from our fence restoration (that our fencing contractor graciously left behind for us).
We had an entire day’s worth of work ahead of us before we could break out the stain bucket, though. Each and every end had to be sanded and rounded (with our awesome new electric sander… I’m in love).
Once the sanding was finished, we had to clean the deck. Even though we’d replaced all of the decking with new pressure treated pine, it needed to have its surface prepped for staining. This meant cleaning with a chemical deck cleaner that removes both surface dirt and any oils or residue that might prevent the stain from penetrating evenly. After a little reasearch, we went with Olympic Deck Cleaner.
It was super easy to use. Just apply with a sprayer (and ignore the fact that I don’t have any makeup on).
Once you’ve applied the cleaner, you simply wait ten minutes and hose it off, no scrubbing required.
You’re left with a squeaky clean deck ready to be stained.
Once you finish rinsing the cleaner off the deck, just walk away. Leave it alone for a full 24 hours. You want the surface to be 100% dry before you apply that first drop of stain.
Check back tomorrow to see the staining process. Until then, here’s a sneak peak of where we’re at now!
What projects did you tackle this weekend? Was your weather as gorgeous as ours?