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ATLANTA, GA, January 15, 2014 /24-7PressRelease/ -- The Painting Penguin, an Atlanta painting company, provides step-by-step instructions on how to stain your home's staircase. Unlike floors, stairs are outfitted with spindles and spaces situated on varying elevations, which can make them a difficult project to tackle.
Due to the special challenges staircases present and the extra attention that is needed to complete the staining job properly, many homeowners often avoid it altogether. Given the amount of foot traffic your stairs receive on a daily basis, however, staining them regularly is necessary to maintain their quality and appearance.
Stain Your Stairs the Right Way
The Atlanta house painters say the first thing to do is to clear surrounding furniture and fixtures and cover nearby electrical outlets and carpet with plastic sheeting. Airborne stain particles can ruin carpet, picture frames and other valuables. For safety purposes, they also recommend opening windows and doors in the vicinity for thorough ventilation.
After this is done, the next step is to strip the existing finish with coarse grit sandpaper. You can use a sander to facilitate the process, but spindles will need to be worked one at a time. It will help to have a friend do one, while you do the other. Wipe the wood down with a dry cloth before applying the stain, as this will prevent debris from getting trapped and will allow the stain to stick to the surface.
Start by staining the stair edges with a small, angled brush, making sure to go with the grain. Let this dry before finishing the flat part of each step with a larger brush.
According to Stephen Popov, Managing Partner of the Painting Penguin, "Spindles and handrails are easier to stain than most people think. Instead of using a brush, apply the material to a cloth and spread the stain gently. Repeat as many times as needed until the appropriate shade is reached."
The Atlanta painter advises applying a final coat of varnish to make the stain glossy and also protect it from fading.
The Painting Penguin is a top Atlanta painting contractor. To learn more about their services, please visit www.thepaintingpenguin.com.
About The Painting Penguin:
The Painting Penguin is a full-service residential and commercial painting company based in Atlanta, Ga. Their service offerings include interior and exterior painting, pressure washing and staining. They pride themselves on prompt, professional service and uniformed, insured employees who are the best at what they do.
For more information, please visit www.thepaintingpenguin.com.
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