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We started building an oak log home last summer and will be ready to stain the interior logs in a couple of weeks. We used a 50-50 water/bleach wash to clean the logs. Should we spray something else on them before staining to prevent termites, etc? What is Borate?

Bad move on the bleach. Old school! It will not be as much of an issue on the interior, but definitely do not use it on the outside. Borate should be applied to bare wood before staining and helps stop log rot and keeps wood boring/eating bugs from getting into the logs. Shell Guard from Perma Chink is the best in my opinion, but it needs at least two weeks of drying time before staining. Call Timeless Wood Care for more help at 800-564-2987.

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