90% of the decks we treat are made of a soft wood this is generally pressure treated Pine. Hardwoods consist of Teak, Mahogany, IPE, etc. Hardwoods have the same cleaning process as softwoods but we use a different type of stain, this is always oil base and 1 coat. We only use 1 coat because the wood is so dense the 2nd coat will not absorb. Hardwood decks need to be treated every 1-2 years to maintain the beautiful look of the species of wood being treated.
If you are planning on treating your deck yourself, you must ensure the wood is clean enough for the stain to adhere. Don’t use any cheap stains like Thompson’s Water Seal or Flood, they will not last long. If you need help with your project I, Patrick Coye, would be happy to come out and assess your project and provide you with a free quote.