The older your deck gets, the more it will begin to fade and look worn. One way to remedy this situation is to use a deck stain to add a richer colour to the wood. One of the simplest ways to apply stain to a deck is to use a regular garden sprayer. You do not need an expensive pressure washer to do the job when an inexpensive plastic garden sprayer will work just fine.
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Things you need
- Push broom
- Garden hose
- Hammer (if needed)
- Garden sprayer
- Deck stain
- Deck brush
Remove any furniture or deck items from the deck. Sweep off the deck with a push broom.
Look for any nails that are sticking up and out of the deck floor. Use a hammer to drive the nails flush with the deck floor.
Spray the deck with a garden hose to remove any lingering dirt and grime. Allow the deck to dry before you apply the stain.
Fill a clean garden sprayer with deck stain. Screw the lid on the sprayer. Pump the sprayer until it is properly pressurised.
Hold the nozzle of the garden sprayer approximately 6 inches from the surface of the deck. Press the sprayer trigger to begin applying the stain. Spray the deck in small sections, about 6 square feet at a time.
Wave the sprayer nozzle back and forth over each section of the deck twice. Make sure you pass over each piece of wood twice to completely coat it with stain.
Work the stain into each section of the deck with a deck brush. This will ensure that the stain is driven deep into the wood fibres.
Spray the next section of deck with the garden sprayer. Use the brush again as described in Step 7. Repeat this process until you have stained the entire deck.
Rinse out the garden sprayer when you are finished.
Allow the stain to dry overnight before you put any items back on the deck.
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