Deck Staining: 7 Easy Steps.

Here is a quick guide for painting decks at home.


  • Deck cleaner
  • Deck stain/paint
  • Sander/sandpaper
  • Edging pads
  • Paint roller + Extension
  • Broom
  • Hammer
  • Painter’s tape

#1) Remove furniture and decorations. Sweep away debris with a broom.

 #2) Sand rough spots in the wood, and nail in any loose nails.

#3) Clean the surface with a long-arm brush and deck cleaner solution. Allow this to dry for 48 hours minimum.

Tip: Brushes and cleaners are available at most home-improvement stores, and together should cost no more than $50.

#4) Use painter’s tape to tape off edges of any exposed wood to avoid staining.

#5) Paint between slats with an edging pad. Dip the edging pad into the stain, rub between the boards, and roll over with a paint roller to avoid dripping.

Blanner, Julie. Stain Between The Slats. Digital image. Julie Blanner. Julie Blanner, Feb.-Mar. 2015. Web. Apr.-May 2015. <>.

#6) Stain the nails with a small sponge, or edge of roller to avoid missing them when staining the boards– the method for achieving a smooth finish is often to swift, and can miss nails entirely.

#7) Dip paint roller in stain, and roll across boards. Leave this to dry for at least 48 hours.

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#1) Do not apply in direct sunlight.

#2) Check forecast prior to application to avoid rain.

#3) Leave pressure washing to professionals– this can do more damage than good.


Happy Staining!