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My porch is made of pressure treated lumber. Last summer, I stained it with penetrating oil stain and I must say, it looked great. However, the winter did a number on it. The stain has worn off in places and looks awful. I'll have to do it over this spring.

Is this normal? Do I have to restain every year to keep it looking nice?
 

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Erika, regular maintenance is one of the keys to a long lasting deck, irrespective of the product that you use. It is a good idea to put a new finish on every year or two. Certainly, if the finish has failed as you are describing, then you need to renew the finish to ensure that the deck is protected.
 

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It is usual for the stain to last only a season at first. I power wash decks quite often. I don't use chemicals on the ones I do yearly, they usually don't need it, but if it is the first time, I use a mild cleaner. This seems to help a lot.

I then let it dry for 2 weeks and come back to stain it or seal it, depending on the customer.
 

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Well, that was very informative. This house is over 100 years old. I don't know when the porch was added but I don't think anybody did anything to the porch since then.

Guess I'll be staining again.

Thanks for the info.
 

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Erika, my deck is 10 yrs old and I respray mine every 2 years. I have found that by using a cheap but good pump sprayer, I get a better result than rollers and a brush. Although I am not as far north as you, we still get wild winters here. I have found that laying down a good wet coat with a sprayer is far more effective, and it lasts just a little longer.
I also have a small power washer which I use every spring to clean the grime off my deck.
 
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