Before and After

before staining hardwood decking example
after staining hardwood decking example

Materials

Deck Cleaning Product (formulated for hardwood)
Deck Brightener Product (formulated for hardwood)
Deck Stain Product with a UV inhibitor (formulated for hardwood)
Bristle brush or roller and roller pans, 3/8” nap roller cover

Clean the Deck

Sweep the deck until the surface is clear of debris (dirt and leaves)

Apply a Deck Cleaning Product

Apply a deck cleaning product formulated for hardwood and follow instructions on the label
Scrub the deck boards with the grain of the wood
Rinse the cleaning product from the deck and surrounding area thoroughly with water

Apply a Deck Brightener Product

Apply a deck brightener product formulated for hardwood and follow instructions on the label
Allow a few days for the wood to completely dry. Amount of days will depend on environment conditions

Apply a Deck Stain product

Apply a deck stain product formulated for hardwood with UV inhibitor and color of choice (follow instructions on the label)
Work with the grain of the wood
Wipe/clean off excess product that is on the surface of the deck (typically 30 minutes after application)
This is an important step in the process as excess product can create sticky and shiny spots on the deck

Clean-up

Dispose of clean-up material according to local, state and federal regulations