My house has a wooden staircase leading up to the front door. It gets a lot of traffic and is uncovered, so its exposed to New England winters. This means snow, ice, ice-melt, sand, shoveling, etc.. Not to mention sun in the summer time. The previous owners had stained them, but thats pretty much worn away (was that way when I bought the place).
What is the best way to finish and protect them?