Sanding a Deck?

Skipper asked 6 years ago

I stained a new deck 3 yrs ago with Sikkens translucent. It is time to reapply a stain. I’ve heard that you should NOT sand a deck to remove the former stain because it closes the pours of the wood and prevents the stain from penetrating as it should. They recommend just using either a cleaner or stripper, brightener and then stain……….no sanding.

Is that correct or is sanding a good thing to do after powerwashing on a deck in very good condition. I would think that using a cleaner, powerwashing and then lightly sanding would be the way to go, but have been advised not to sand. Thoughts………………

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