If you want your homes stain to look good and work like it should for years to come, youll want to inspect the exterior of your home twice a year. Heres how:
1. Eyeball It
Look for peels, cracks or discoloration in the stain. Also check the rain gutters and any place where dirt is close to the logs. These are areas where the finish is more likely to fail.
2. Do the Water Toss
Another trick for determining if the stain is still effective: toss a glass of water on it. If it beads up like a freshly waxed car, then its good to go. If it absorbs into the wood, its time to clean the wood per the stain companys instructions and apply a maintenance coat.
Regardless of what you find during your inspection, the home should receive a maintenance coat at least every three years. Once the stain starts to peel and fade, you have no choice but to strip it down and apply fresh stain, says Mike Lautner of M&M Log Home Care.