Washing with cleaning or wood brightening products are the first and most common before stain preparation. There is a trade-off between the amount of effort required and the appearance of your home, so carefully consider with approach suits you. I-Wood-Care provides a wide range of Log Cleaners and Wood Strippers. We recommend that your log home be properly cleaned before any stain is applied. Our staff can felp you select the best preparation for your home. Please call us at 800-721-7715 for assistance. We would by happy to walk you through this process!