I’m a sweater-weather kind of gal. Once the Labor Day weekend is over, I’m itching for the temperatures to start dropping and the leaves to start changing colors. I’m ready for trips to the pumpkin patch, corn mazes, and cinnamon-spiced drinks and breads.
Fall also is a crucial time for home maintenance. From cleaning gutters to raking leaves, there are plenty of honey-do chores to take care of each weekend. Log homes and cabins have a few additional tasks associated with them – namely in making sure the logs themselves are in good shape. Clean your logs with a power washer, and check to see if the stain is still intact. If it is, the water will bead up on the surface of the logs; if not, some of the water will be absorbed into the logs.
If necessary, reapply the stain before winter hits to make sure the logs are prepared to handle all the nasty weather that season can bring. Logs typically need to be restained every two years, which can be accomplished either by brushing on a touchup coat or adding another layer of clear sealant. If you’re switching products, though – especially between water- and oil-based stains – you’ll probably need to sand your logs before applying the intended product to ensure it properly adheres to the logs.
Look for checks, or cracks, along the way as well. Caulk should be applied to checks more than ¼-inch wide or any repairs on the tops of your logs. For small checks on the underside of the log, simply work the stain into the fissure with a brush to protect it.
The process shouldn't take more than a weekend, and it will ensure that your logs look great come spring.