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Tag: Staining

Cleaning, Staining and Sealing Decks, Fences and More

With summer just around the corner, now is the time for those last minute outdoor home improvement projects. One area that can have a huge impact on the look of your outdoor spaces are exterior wood structures, including fences and decks. Not only can they provide privacy, style, security, convenience and comfort, they can also provide a stunning backdrop for your landscaping. Because of this, and the expense of repairing or replacing these wood structures, it is important to keep them looking great while protecting them from damaging water and ultraviolet (UV) rays. One of the best ways to do this is by having your outdoor wood surfaces professionally cleaned, stained and sealed.

Cleaning

One of the first steps in restoring any outdoor wood surface is cleaning the surface using specialized cleaners and a pressure washer. The purpose of this cleaning is to remove mildew, mold and fungus as well … Read More

Concrete Staining – The Most Frequent Problem "Do-It-Yourselfers" Run Into

The most frequent phone call I receive out of the phone book usually goes something like this, “Hi, I have a back patio that I wanted to stain and I went up to __________(fill in the blank with one of your local chain home improvement stores) to pick up some “concrete stain” and now it’s flaking off. Is there something I can do to stop the flaking?”

Some customers have even gone to the extent of contacting the company to complain about the product and most of the companies will send a “stripper” and more product to re apply. I am not here to trash those companies, but to explain the very important difference between an ACID stain and a concrete stain. An acid Stain is a chemical reaction. Any other generic stain (that I’ve seen) from your home improvement chains are coatings.

So, I’ll usually take a drive out … Read More