It is no secret that the elements can play havoc on a wooden deck. When a deck is neglected it can become an eyesore in a relatively short time. Water damage causes cracks and splits boards while harsh UV rays turn the wood fibers gray making the whole deck very unsightly.
To protect a wood deck from Mother Nature regular maintenance is necessary. Cleaning and refinishing a deck every couple of years is adequate maintenance to ward off sun and water damage.
Prior to staining or sealing a deck it must be cleaned. A safe and effective method is to use the Restore-A-Deck Step 1 Cleaner to remove dirt, grime, and gray fibers. Deck cleaner powders are common and effective for loosening up these contaminants so they can be washed off the wood. There are some advantages of using deck cleaner powders as opposed to the liquid form deck cleaners.
Ability to Adjust the Strength
With powdered deck cleaners you can adjust the strength needed to do the job. Most powder deck cleaners will have mixing instructions for blending a mild or a more aggressive (hot) mix depending on the type of deck stain you are attempting to remove.
Safer and Easier to Store
Though care should still be taken while storing deck cleaner powders they are safer to keep around than the concentrated liquid forms that can leak or spill easily. Always follow the storage suggestions on the label. The smaller container of a powdered deck cleaner also saves storage room.
Cheaper to Ship
A huge advantage of using the deck cleaner powders is that they are cheaper to ship. A small bucket of deck cleaner powder may make up to 5 or 6 gallons worth of cleaner depending on how strong you mix it. Compared to a heavy 5-gallon bucket of liquid deck cleaner these are a much more economical choice.
Liquid deck cleaners certainly have their place but as you can see there are some big advantages to using deck cleaner powders when it comes to deck maintenance.