How to Stain Your Deck Quickly and Easily!
Posted By
Natalie Dixon
Monday, May 1, 2017
Materials Needed: 
  • HomeRight StainStick with Gap Wheel
  • Deck Stain
  • Broom
  • Pressure Washer (optional)

Project Steps


My husband and I are pretty good about evenly dividing the household chores and projects, and there is rarely a project that makes us both want to plant our feet and say, “Not doing it!”. But if I had to pick one… it would be staining a wooden deck. We had one at our first house and swore we’d never have one again, because of what a pain it is to stain it every few years. We lucked out that our 2nd house didn’t have one, but now we’re at our 3rd house… and guess what?? A big wooden deck that was in dire need of attention! I mean, it was pretty much down to the raw wood, and not doing it wasn’t really an option. So I rose to the challenge and decided to tackle it one Sunday evening. My husband thought I was insane starting it on a Sunday night with only about 3 hours of daylight left. But sometimes you just have to do it when the mood hits you, and I was confident that it would go faster with my Stain Stick with Gap Wheel.

Step 1

Completely clear your deck of everything! Ours was a wreck and still filled with old baseboards, cushions that everyone kept throwing on the deck so they wouldn’t blow away, a picnic table that I had wanted moved onto the patio for a year. I wish I could say this picture was staged for an ugly before, but this really is what it looked like for the past year.

Step 2

Once everything is removed from the deck, it’s time to really sweep it. Be sure to get along the side of the house and in all the cracks where leaves and other debris like to congregate.

Step 3

We also had some spots where the wood was turning green from old. Like I said, our deck was well past the time when it should have been stained, and it was obvious. If you have spots like this, a good spray from a pressure washer took them right up. I’m not a fan of prep work at all, but it really does make all the difference.

Removing mold from a deck

Step 4

Once your deck is clean and dry, it’s time to start staining. The HomeRight Stain Stick with Gap Wheel, is such a time-saver because it comes with an attachment that goes right into your stain can. You then use the pump on the arm of the stain stick to draw the stain into it. This eliminate all the time where you would normally be running back and forth to a paint tray to re-saturate your stain pad. Instead, you just lightly twist the arm when you need more stain to come out.

Step 5

The gap wheel is great to get in between the deck boards and in other cracks. It fits perfectly so that the sides of the boards receive the stain as well, and everything has a nice, even coat. When you are using the stain stick on a flat board, the gap wheel just gently pushes up to allow the pad to lay flat on your deck.

how to stain a deck

Step 6

Allow it to dry without walking on it according to the directions on the can of stain. We allowed ours to sit for a full 24 hours and then moved everything back onto it. I love seeing all this glorious beading now when it rains out! And the deck itself is so much more enjoyable now that we took the time to actually clean and decorate! And I was right… it really didn’t take me that long! From the time I started cleaning until I was completely finished staining and was wrapping it up for the night, was under 2 hours!

Deck complete

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