The durability and beauty of any stain work rests on the stain quality and the preparation of the surface. Just as you cannot brush your shoes without dusting them off first, you should not stain a wood surface without cleaning it.
Homeowners spend very little time on surface preparation. Instead, they spend lots of hours in selecting the right color for the stain product. However, professionals know that when you prepare well, your stain will last and it will prevent you from having many problems. To properly prepare your surface, follow the steps below.