Storing Wood Stains and Cleaners in Cold Winter Weather
Wood Stain and Cleaner Storage in Cold Weather
With cold winter weather already in full swing throughout the United States, it is very important to store your wood and deck stains and cleaners properly. This lens provides some helpful tips to insure your stains and cleaners are protected during the winter months.
World of Stains Knows Wood Finishes, From California to Maine
World of Stains ships high quality wood finishes, stains, and other products to all corners of the country - from California to Maine and everywhere in between. We are often asked by customers in Northern climates, or anywhere the weather gets cold, about the proper storage conditions for the products we offer. In this lens we'll share our recommendations for safe storage of deck stains and wood maintenance products.
Oil Based Wood Stains Can Take the Cold
Make sure they're sealed tight
The majority of wood stain sold by www.worldofstains.com is oil based and does not contain water. You don't need to store these products above freezing temperatures, because oils will simply thicken as they get colder. Be sure that all lids or caps on stain containers are tightly secured. This will keep the thinners from evaporating from the stain and insure that the product does not gel or thicken with time. If possible, try to store oil based wood finishes in full or nearly full containers. The "head space" or air above the liquid product in a partly filled container can allow it to skin over or gel. Properly sealed oil based wood finishes can have a shelf life of five years or more, with some manufacturers stating shelf lives of ten years. If in doubt, contact the manufacturer with the batch code from the packaging. They can often determine the age of a wood or deck stain with this number.
Waterborne Stains Require More Care, Warmer Storage
Shorter shelf life than oil based
Waterborne or water-based products can be identified by label instructions referring to cleanup with soap and water. These products have a shorter shelf life, often just two to three years even in good storage conditions. Waterborne products need to be kept above freezing temperatures. Manufacturers often formulate to allow for a few "freeze-thaw" cycles, but the products can break down and degrade if they are frozen and thawed more than once or twice. Check the wood stain or coating for a gritty texture or lumpy appearance similar to cottage cheese. If it shows signs of freezing damage then it should be properly disposed of. Allow it to dry out completely on layers of newspaper, and then throw it away in your household garbage pickup. As always, be sure to follow any local regulations you may have regarding waste disposal.
Storing Your Wood Cleaners, Brighteners and Strippers
Powder products are the most hardy
Liquid wood cleaners, brighteners, or strippers should be kept above freezing, but are less susceptible to permanent damage. If the product has gotten too cold or been frozen in the past, it may appear cloudy or have separated. Before use, warm the product up and stir it back to a consistent mixture. Powder concentrates are not harmed by cold temperatures and have an almost unlimited shelf life if kept dry.
With proper storage, you can insure that your wood stains, finishes and prep products are ready to use when the weather warms. Make sure all products are tightly sealed. Keep waterborne products above freezing temperatures, and be sure to follow all label directions on any product you use.
Contact World of Stains
At World of Stains, we pride ourselves on providing excellent customer service. Our online store provides extensive information on our wood stain, wood finish, and other exterior wood care products. In addition, we are available by telephone between 8:00 a.m. and 5:00 p.m MST at 1-866-645-5544, or by email at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Unlike traditional hardware or paint stores that may carry just a few brands in limited colors, we stock all of the high quality stains at the best pricing. With no minimum order requirements, we can ship any quantity directly to your door. World of Stains is your source for wood and deck stains and all other wood stain products.
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