How to Stain a Deck. Staining your deck will keep it looking good - it will restore its natural oils and protect it from ultraviolet rays and water damage. Here are a few steps to help protect your deck from extreme climates and improve its overall appearance.
Choose a wood stain in your desired color. Search your local home improvement store for different color selections or use an online color selector.
Thoroughly clean the deck. Use deck cleaner (see Related Hunkers) or a pressure washer - which uses forcefully ejected water to clean surfaces - for this.
Let the deck dry completely.
Fill a small bucket or rolling pan with the stain.
Immerse a brush or long-handled roller into the stain. Absorb only enough stain for a few strokes.
Roll or brush stain deck. Make sure you apply the stain evenly.
Wipe excess stain or dark spots with rags.
Let stain set for 24 hours.