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It is important to consider the state of your wood surface before staining, especially this Spring 2018 following such a harsh winter with extreme temperatures. Preparing to stain a new deck is considerably different from staining a deck that has already been stained. It is important to follow some guidelines that lay the foundation for an optimal wood surface to stain. Before diving into a wood stain project, we recommend you conduct your own research, read articles, and watch how-to videos to educate yourself on what is best for your wood deck. The plethora of resources that are available in 2018 will help you tackle your wood stain project from the right direction. Feel free to browse deckstainhelp.com or Google the brand of your stain for specific tips about the deck stain of your choice.