Staining your log home on a regular basis is important for keeping your logs protected and your home looking nice for years to come. Though it may not be noticeable, logs do get dirty and can develop mildew if not properly maintained.
For the most part, stain maintenance entails cleaning the logs and applying a new coat of stain on them.
Stain applied to logs serves two different purposes:
- Keeps water from getting into the wood
- Allows moisture to make its way out of the wood
To maintain a good stain on your logs, most homes need to be re-stained about every three to five years.
Paying attention to the condition of your log home stain is key to good maintenance! Overlooking this can lead to log home repair vs. routine maintenance.
To maintain a stain on a log home, follow these steps:
- Clean the logs every year if possible. Over time, buildup of dirt and pollen on the logs will shorten the life and protection capabilities of your stain. “Best practice” recommendation is to clean the logs with TSP brand cleaner, using a stiff bristle brush and low-pressure water from a garden hose. Do this routinely to maintain a lasting finish.
- Assess the condition of your stain. To determine when to re-stain your logs, you need to test your stain’s ability to repel moisture. Does water still “bead up” on the surface of the wood? Test this by using a garden hose or a small spray bottle. If the logs soak up the water – they need to be re-stained.
- Look for problem spots such as faded/darkening areas, moldy spots, wet areas, and leaking gutters. These are indicators that you may have problems.
Depending on the severity of the problem, you may need to blast off your current finish and start over. For more information on blasting, click here.
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