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Moldy Deck
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Black  Deck Stain

Why Did Your Deck Stain Turn Black?

Many things can happen to a deck stain when it is not applied or maintained properly. The biggest reason for a deck stain turning black is mildew. All wood surfaces need to be cleaned correctly prior to staining. The use of a quality wood cleaner and pressure washer or scrub brush is necessary to remove all the contaminants like dirt, grime, mold, mildew, and graying.

When contaminants are left in the wood pores and stain is applied a whole host of problems can occur. Mildew can begin to grow underneath the deck stain, which causes discoloring. This can also lead to rot and decay because if there is mildew there is also moisture present.

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Moldy_Deck_StainMost any exterior surface subjected to the elements is prone to natural occurrences like mold growth. Oil based stains are no different. Although they can provide years of protection to exterior wood surfaces, they can be prone to mold in some circumstances. There are however some reasons that can increase mold attraction to oil based stain.

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Deck_Ink_StampPressure treated decking when new has a tendency to have very annoying ink stamps on the wood when processed at the mill. Lumber is stamped at the mill according to its grade. An American Lumber Standard Committee (ALSC) grade mark and an American Wood-Preservers’ Association (AWPA) tag certify the lumber’s quality. These stamps are very troublesome for owners to remove prior to applying a decking stain that is either transparent or semi-transparent as the ink will show through the stain.

We have found this to be the most effective way of Decking Ink Stamp Removal:

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How to Prevent Mold on a Deck from returning.

One of the biggest enemies of a deck is mold. With moisture being ever so present outdoors, mold is bound to find its way onto your deck. Typically, mold will begin to appear on the more shaded sides of a deck. Anywhere there is less sun means there is more moisture present making conditions ideal for mold growth.

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*This is first and foremost a help site from our experience as wood restoration contractors. All stain and prepping manufacturer directions were followed with our reviews and ratings. We offer no guarantee of similar results. Take inconsideration that wood and deck stain results may differ due to prepping procedures, different wood types, exposure to UV radiation, natural weathering, etc.