I am uncertain of the type of stain (oil vs acrylic base) previously used on my pressure treated deck. The deck needs maintenance and I believe it is to be cleaned, stripped, brightened, sealed and stained (seems like too many required processes and maybe painting is an option).
A) I see if your stripper product is used that the cleaner is not necessary but it seems the stripper only removes the stain but not any potential mold or mildew and their spores like the cleaner states. Please elaborate.
A2) If recommended to use the cleaner as well as the stripper would you use the cleaner or stripper first?
B1) Does your product also destroy or penetrate any mold/mildew under the deck (all the way through the wood) or just prevent it from surfacing?
B2) If yes to B1, would it be the cleaner and/or stripper product?
C) Do you recommend using the cleaner only on an annual basis for maintenance? Or what do you recommend should be done as maintenance annually (I understand to clean, strip, brighten and seal/stain should be done every 3-4 years if done properly)
I have a large deck surrounding my entire backyard (approx 650 sq ft) with a 15ft pool slightly to the right back middle part of deck. I have not performed any maintenance on the deck (3 years) and believe the deck is approx 5 years old. The deck is hit with a lot of sun in the summer and subject to snow and rain (we get a bit here in NY). The deck also sits on soil and I notice some mold/mildew underneath the deck.
The spindles and rails have much of the stain (either transparent or semi-transparent) still intact but the floors and steps are starting to show signs of gray as well as splintering.