One of the most important steps in staining your logs is to clean them first. If you don’t clean your logs before staining, the stain will not be as effective and may not last as long. There are a few different ways to clean your logs before staining, but the most important thing is to use a cleaner that is specifically designed for log homes. Some common log home cleaners include oxalic acid, peroxide, and bleach. You can also use trisodium phosphate (TSP) or a pressure washer to clean your logs.
If you are using oxalic acid, peroxide, or bleach, you will need to mix these cleaners with water according to the directions on the package. Once you have mixed the cleaner with water, apply it to your logs with a brush or sprayer. Be sure to wear gloves and eye protection when using these cleaners. Allow the cleaner to sit on the logs for at least 30 minutes before rinsing it off with a hose or pressure washer.
If you are using TSP or a pressure washer, mix either of these cleaners with water according to the directions on the package. Apply the mixture to your logs with a brush or sprayer and allow it to sit.
First, clean the wood thoroughly by using water to remove any dirt or mill glaze
For a natural-looking stain, choose a water-based product.
Water-based stains are available in a wide range of colors, so you can easily find one that will complement the look of your logs. To apply the stain, use a brush or roller to evenly coat the surface of the wood. Be sure to work the stain into all cracks and crevices. Allow the stain to dry thoroughly before applying any sealer or topcoat.
After wetting the entire surface, use a solution of 2 oz
If your logs are very dirty, you may need to use a stiff brush or pressure washer to remove heavy residue before cleaning with the Clorox solution. Be sure to rinse the logs thoroughly after cleaning, as any residual Clorox can damage the wood.
Next, let the TSP bleach water solution sit on the wood for approximately 10-15 minutes, depending upon the severity of the discoloration
If your logs are heavily discolored, you may need to let the TSP solution sit on the wood for up to 15 minutes. Otherwise, 10 minutes should be sufficient. Keep in mind that the longer you let the solution sit, the more bleach will be absorbed into the wood. Therefore, if you’re trying to achieve a natural look, it’s best not to let the solution sit for too long.
Once the allotted time has passed, thoroughly rinse off your logs with a garden hose. Be sure to remove all traces of bleach/TSP before proceeding with any type of log treatment or finish.