Deck Cleaning Reviews and Tips

When to use Restore-A-Deck Stripper vs. Restore-A-Deck Cleaner

One of the keys to having a beautiful, healthy stained wood deck is regular maintenance. Putting in the time and effort to regularly prep and stain your deck with high-quality products such as Restore-A-Deck will make enhance your deck for years to come.

The first step in the wood staining process is to prep a wood surface by applying either Restore-A-Deck Cleaner or Restore-A-Deck Stripper to the wood surface. How do you know when to use a wood cleaner or a wood stripper? Here are some guidelines to determine which formula is right for your situation.

RAD STAIN 1gal MenuWhen working with newly installed wood and decking surfaces, the Restore-A-Deck wood stain is ideal after 3-6 months of natural weathering. Restore-A-Deck wood stain’s long-lasting composition works hard to absorb quickly and penetrate deep into the wood grain to withstand the elements and stay true to its beautiful finish long after the stain project is complete.

Before beginning the staining process, it is recommended that new wood surfaces be installed 3-6 months before prepping and staining. To prep new wood surfaces after the waiting period, use Restore-A-Deck Cleaner. It’s concentrated powder formula is cost-effective, easy to transport, and especially good at removing dirt, grime, mold, and mildew that is prone to showing up on new wood surfaces.

Note: Kiln dried and KDAT wood still needs to weather after install. About 1-2 months. Rough sawn cut wood does not need to weather. 

Note: The RAD stain can be applied to damp or dry wood. Tips below would work for both.

Today we will outline some things you need to know about how to apply Restore-A-Deck Wood Stain to damp wood for best results. Recent advancements in wood stain technology have allowed for a number of benefits, including better UV protection against the sun’s rays, excellent penetration into the wood grain for long-lasting results, and the ability to apply the stain to damp wood the same day as completing the prep steps. Since staining damp wood may be a new concept to some of you, as it has not been a possibility before, we have some tips and things to take into account so you can achieve the best-finished product.

New Wood Note: New wood is not the same as "damp" wood and needs to weather and be prepped before staining. Restore-A-Deck Stain and New Wood

Restore A Deck Staining BrushHow to Apply Restore-A Deck stain with wet on wet application

Applying your Restore-A-Deck wood stain easily to exterior wood is a reality thanks to advancements in wood stain technology. It should be noted that there is a technique for applying to exterior wood for best results. This is called wet on wet application. Following this wet on wet application guideline is recommended when you wish to apply a second coat of stain on top of your first coat of stain before the first coat has completely dried or cured. This allows for fewer issues to arise over the drying period for a perfect, clean, finished product.

How to Restore-A-Deck in one day

Restore-A-Deck’s three-step process makes it possible to complete a wood staining project in a single day. The stain is safe to apply on damp wood, perfect for those who are busy and want to achieve same-day results for their exterior wood staining projects.

Here’s a rundown of Restore-A-Deck’s three-step process, it’s components, and how they work together to produce an immaculately stained wood surface.

RAD Stain Steps

Restore A Deck Stain ReviewWe are honored to review Restore-A-Deck Professional Grade Wood Stain, the first and only deck stain of it’s kind. For the first time, a deck stain can be applied to damp wood, allowing your entire wood restoration project to be completed in just one day.

Everyone is busy. Dedicating more than one day to restoring your wood deck may simply be out of the question. No longer do you have to apply over the course of two days. This way, there is less of a chance for external elements to take a toll on the finished product.

Can be used for all your exterior wood surface projects, anywhere that could benefit from staining. Includes but is not limited to: decks, fences, siding, patio furniture, gazebos, and playground equipment. Not only can the stain be applied the same day after wood brightener, but the formula penetrates deep into the wood grain for beautiful long-lasting results. The product dries true to it’s color to a flat, natural-looking finish, available in 4 semi-transparent colors: Natural, Cedar, Light Walnut, and Dark Walnut.

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We would love for our customers to post some pictures that are finished with the Restore-A-Deck prepping products and any exterior wood stain. Please include a short description and the Restore-A-Deck product(s) used to prep the wood and to stain the wood using our comment feature at the bottom. There is a link to upload photos in the bottom right corner of the comment area.

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When using wood restoration and maintenance products like the line of RAD (Restore-A-Deck) cleaners it is important to know how to apply them. One way to apply RAD products like the wood cleaner, wood brightener, or stain stripper is by the use of a pump sprayer. When using a pump sprayer for application be sure to premix the solution in a bucket first before transferring to the sprayer. This will help ensure proper blending.

Cleaning wood is not rocket science but it does require a little knowledge of the products and methods available. If you are going to restore your own deck then you will certainly be using a wood deck cleaner. There are several types of cleaners out there but the two basic and most commonly used ones are sodium percarbonate cleaners and bleach-based cleaners. There are pros and cons to each type.

Restore-A-Deck (RAD) products are specifically designed for the do-it-yourself homeowner wanting to get professional results. The RAD products were formulated by professional woodcare experts. This easy to use two-step system will make the job of bringing your deck back to life easier and quicker. The RAD products were designed to use with a simple deck brush and garden hose for homeowners whom do not have a pressure washer. A deck brush used with these products will get rid of gray wood fibers, mold, mildew and dirt. With that said if you do have access to a pressure washer it can have great advantages to using with RAD products.

If you do not own a pressure washer you can rent one from a local hardware center. Try to get the one with the highest GPM (gallons per minute). The higher the GPM the faster you will be able to wash. The pressure is not as crucial since you should not clean wood with high pressure anyway. Excessive pressure can cause serious damage to your deck. Damage can differ from raised grain and splinters to wand marks that will show up even more after staining.

Restore A Deck Products Near MeDeck maintenance is the key to prolonging a deck’s structural integrity and overall appearance. It is well known that a wooden deck has to be cleaned and sealed every couple of years to deflect the major causes of water and UV damage that would otherwise occur. Board warping, cracking, splitting, UV fading, discoloring, and mold infiltration are just some of the major damaging effects that unprotected wood is subjected to.

Before now you could only purchase a wood cleaner to clean common dirt, grime, and mold from a deck surface. You would then have to purchase separately a wood brightener to level the pH of the wood and open the wood pores to prepare them for a coat of deck stain. Because of this hassle, many people would simply skip the all-important brightening step, which unknowingly, would cause the deck stain to fail prematurely. A lack of proper deck prepping is the number one reason a deck stain or sealer fails prematurely. The wood professionals, to get the most performance from a deck stain use this 2-step restoration method.

In choosing RAD products for your deck restoration or maintenance needs you know you will be getting the best deck prep possible prior to staining. Cleaning and staining a deck is only problematic when you do not use the right products. It truly comes down to using the best cleaners for a smooth flowing project that will end with great results. RAD products will bring life back to your deck and safe you money. RAD products are concentrated powder formulas that save you big on shipping costs compared to heavy and bulky premixed water based cleaners.

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