How Long After Power-Washing a Deck Should You Wait to Stain It?

By Staff WriterLast Updated Mar 29, 2020 10:08:42 PM ET

Allow 24 hours for a power-washed deck to dry before applying a stain, and allow the stain to dry for four hours before applying a second coat if it's needed. After staining the deck, wait a full 24 hours for the deck to dry before using it.

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Power-washing a dirty deck allows for greater stain adherence and penetration because it removes the surface dirt and any debris trapped between the floorboards. Power-wash the deck earlier in the day to give it plenty of time to dry. When staining, use a natural bristle brush, and prevent lap marks by keeping the leading edge saturated.