Is there anything more essential to your home than the wood which makes up its very shape and overarching frame? It is practically impossible to imagine your home without the wood that makes its existence a possibility. What’s more, your wooden frame and the various wooden features throughout your home are likely to be some of the most eye-catching elements of your interior as well as exterior décor scheme. As with so much in life, however, you get out of your wooden frame and features when you put into them. That means making sure that they are not only well-painted but also well-protected. A great paint job and finish won’t count for much if it is ruined by water damage later on.
All of which begs the question – how can you best protect your wood from damage?
Staining your wood is one of the most commonly-proposed methods, and one that really works – and here’s how.
Why Staining Wood Matters
Staining wood is already an important strategy for increasing the aesthetic appeal of your interior and exterior décor. If you are looking to add a bit of color as well as value to your property, staining your wood is a perfect way to do just that.
Tools You’ll Need
Now that that’s out of the way, we can start thinking about how we’re going to go about staining our wood. In order to do that, you’re going to want some specialized tools, including the following:
- A high quality heavy-duty paint stripper for removing thick paint
- A separate paint stripper for removing thinner paint
- A power sander
- Staining materials
- Cloth on hand which you can use for cleanup
Now that we have all of the tools we need, it’s time to get started. First, you’ll want to strip away any old paint so as to give yourself a clean surface on which to apply your new staining materials. This is where you’ll want to make use of the aforementioned paint strippers and, if necessary, a power sander. You’ll then want to use the wood staining material as needed, taking care to dab up any excess with your cloth.
Protecting Against Damage
Despite the definite aesthetic edge that staining wood can give to your home, it can also prove a valuable way to protect your property from rain and water-based damage. The best types of wood staining materials can provide a wide range of different types of protection for your wood, including the following:
- Protection from moisture seeping into the wood
- Protection from rot growing into or alongside the wood
- Limiting the amount of direct sunlight that hits the wood itself, thereby protecting the wood from the effects of direct exposure
- Adding a lovely bit of color to your wood while preventing wood discoloration from occurring
All of these factor in to make sure that your wood stays in good shape for longer, all while upgrading the overall value of your home.
Properly staining your wood is thus an important way to keep it protected for the long run.
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