Before you whip out your Muskoka chairs and crank up the barbecue. Make sure your outdoor decor is in fine form. That includes staining and coating your deck or dock.

Maintain before you entertain- Debbie Zimmer, director of communications at Paint Quality Institute of North America explains when a good time would be to get that outdoor chore out of the way.

Zimmer also recommends using 100% acrylic-latex stain because you get a finish that shows the woods grain and texture to come through. It also prevents any type of damages.