Step 1 Choose the Best Time to Stain Your Deck
Here are a few ways you can determine the best time to stain your deck. Test your deck to see how urgent your project is. To do this, sprinkle a small amount of water onto the wood. If it absorbs in less than 10 minutes, your deck needs urgent care. If not, you can schedule your project in the next few months or when time allows.
Plan at least three days to prepare the deck for staining. This process involves cleaning your deck thoroughly and waiting for your deck to dry before beginning the staining process.
Choose a time of the year where you can expect 10-degree to 30-degree temperatures with no rain forecast. Make sure you double-check the weather before you begin your project. Plan your day to avoid applying stain in direct sunlight if possible, working in sections as the sun moves across your deck.