Think of the surface of your logs like your skin and your stain like your sunscreen.  Now if you look at the pigments in your stain as the SPF of your sunscreen we get a better idea of the type of protection you are going to get out of your stain.  Now we know that the more SPF in our sun screen the more protection from the suns UV rays we have and the less we need to reapply.  
Now most of us love the NATURAL look, however those stains have very low pigments giving us an SPF rating of let's say 10-15. This means we don't get as much protection from the sun and to keep that natural look we have to do much more maintenance. Where as if we choose something with more pigment like a Bronze Pine or a Chestnut we get a higher SPF rating of let's say 45-60 and now we get much more protection and life out of our stain.


For this process we recommend you call in the professionals.  Glass blasting equipment can be rented, however you can do a lot of damage in a short period of time if you don't know what you are doing, send me an email or check out our contractors page.  We are here to help with names of people who do this for a living.  Be careful and do your homework as chemical washes and stain removers some times need neutralizing agents to balance the PH of the logs.  If not applied properly these products can cause the new stain to fail.  If you are going to tackle this stage on your own do so with caution and do your homework.


If you did not want to glass blast,  a cheeper solution is to sand off old stain but of course this will take some time, and energy. If you did Blast it can leave your logs pitted and rough so sanding is recommended.  This step can be done by you for sure so let's get to it. You will need an Orbital sander, a mouse sander, or a variable speed grinder (be very careful grinding as the disks can burn the wood and iff this happens it can cause stain failure in the future.   When sanding 60-80 grit is the magic number it is a log home not a coffee table it is meant to be a little rough.

Next Comes Cleaning, and I know there are many products out there however be careful with chemical washes we don't want to change the PH. But I just sanded you ask? Sanding takes time and Pollen and mold can attach it self to the logs so cleaning is recommended. The best two products for cleaning logs are house hold bleach or a carwash soap without wax.   The idea here is to kill mold and remove pollen and dust that may be on the logs.  

Bleach *requires proper PPE Gloves, goggles, mask and coverings*

Mix bleach and water to a 1-4 solution, that is one part bleach and four parts water.  Carefully pour this solution into sprayer.
Rinse the wall with water, while wet apply a heavy coat of the bleach solution.
Wait 5-10 minutes (do NOT allow Bleach to dry on the wall)
Scrub logs with a boat brush or corn broom.
Rinse thoroughly with water.

It is recommended to wash a 10-15 foot section of wall at a time making sure the wall is always wet when bleach solution is applied.
We also recommend an annual cleaning to keep your log home looking great.