Your northern white cedar gazebo needs attention, just like your northern white cedar fence does. Staining protects the wood from the infamous “graying” effect. Old, dry gray wood just doesn’t look great on a gazebo.
In many ways, staining your gazebo is going to be very similar to staining your fence. You’ll need to get it clean first. Pressure washing it is the easiest way to make this happen. If you’re a reader who is coming to us outside of our Milwaukee metro service area who has water restrictions to deal with then you do have a work-around. You’ll use a stiff brush and a wood cleaner instead. A long stiff brush, as you need to reach the gazebo’s ceiling, too.
Next, you’ll need to apply a wood brightener. You should watch this space, since we’re going to be doing a much longer post about how to choose the best wood brightener soon. A wood brightener helps to get rid of any discoloration that might have already made it into the wood. It gives you a fresh, clean palate, so to speak, when it comes time to apply your stain. Just make sure it dries before you begin.
You’re going to want to apply stain to your gazebo with the help of a roller. Again, you’ll want an extendable one so you can get all the way to the top. Work in sections. Start at the top and work your way down. You want to let the stain soak into the wood, and stop as soon as you notice the stain isn’t soaking any longer. Any excess stain can be rolled downward or wiped away.
Of course, it’s also a great idea to make sure you’re matching the color of your gazebo stain to the color of your fence stain, to give your yard a unified look. As with your fence, the stain should last at least two years, which means you can do both of these tasks at the same time.
Then sit back, relax, and enjoy your beautiful yard.