How Long After I Stain My Deck Should it Not Get Wet?

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Never apply deck stain to wet wood.
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24 to 48 Hours

Plan the deck staining project when rain is not expected in the forecast.
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Plan the deck staining project when rain is not expected in the forecast. Let the deck dry for 24 to 48 hours after staining it, advises House Painting Info.

One Week or Longer

Ideally, waiting a week or longer before cleaning or rinsing the deck will increase the deck stain’s lasting qualities.
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Ideally, waiting a week or longer before cleaning or rinsing the deck will increase the deck stain's lasting qualities. If there are wet spots from the stain overlapping on application, wait at least a week to make certain the overlap sections are completely dry.

Bottom Line

One or two days is an appropriate amount of time to keep a deck from getting wet after staining.
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One or two days is an appropriate amount of time to keep a deck from getting wet after staining. However, waiting a week or longer will give the deck further time to cure and make the stain more durable.

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