Restore-A-Deck Cleaner Only

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Prep for Maintenance Stain Coats or Unstained Wood.
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info buttonDesigned specifically for Exterior Wood and Composite Decking.

Restore-A-Deck cleaner is also available as a stand alone product. While we recommend using the cleaner as part of the two part R-A-D restoration system, decks that are not going to be sealed need not be pH balanced. In this instance, you can order just the cleaner portion of the kit.

This cleaner is also excellent for use as a concrete cleaner, patio furniture restorer or housewash. It will remove mold and mildew from concrete, brick or siding.

There is enough cleaner in a single 2 lb package to clean the average 25'x12' deck with rails and 3 steps. One jar is also enough for the average housewash or 750 square foot of walk or driveway.

Coverage is 600-800 sq.feet per container.

Restore-a-Deck Step 1 is a wood cleaner and preps stains for reapplication of a stain. It is not a stain stripper or remover of old stains. Please see Restore-A-Deck Stripper if you are trying to remove a semi-transaprent stain.

Available Sizes:
2 lb Container
Powder Concentrate:
1 Container  Makes 5 Gallons
Purpose:
Wood Deck Cleaner
Coverage Per Gallon:
100-200 sq. ft Per Gallon
Application Tools:
Sprayer, Stiff Brush
Neutralize: Yes
RAD Step 2

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RE: Restore-A-Deck Cleaner Only
Quoting art carver:
we just installed an IPE roof patio at a restaurant and the spills and food stains make it look ten years old. Can you suggest one of your products please and thanks
art

Hello, deck cleaners will remove surface dirt, oxidation, etc. but nothing will remove food stains 100% that have penetrated deep into the wood. It will help though.
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pm
we just installed an IPE roof patio at a restaurant and the spills and food stains make it look ten years old. Can you suggest one of your products please and thanks
art
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RE: Restore-A-Deck Cleaner Only
Quoting GARY BABINEC:
have used your product in past (cleaner & brightener) is the stripper a better first option on a pressure treated wood deck that sees much sun and spots of deep shade? oil based transparent stain used in past

The stripper can be used to remove the old coating if that is what you are shooting for.
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RE: Restore-A-Deck Cleaner Only
have used your product in past (cleaner & brightener) is the stripper a better first option on a pressure treated wood deck that sees much sun and spots of deep shade? oil based transparent stain used in past
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RE: Restore-A-Deck Cleaner Only
Quoting Lori Mac:
I used a kit prior to staining with Armstrong Clark in 2015. I started using the cleaner since its very dirty and it almost seems as if its pulling the stain! Is this possible? I also saw a reply to a question on here, for yearly cleaning that only 2-3 oz. of product should be used to 1 gallon of water. I wish that was on the label what I used may have been too strong.

It is normal to have to reapply every two to 3 years so when you use the kit at full strength after two years, it will do a full prep for replication. That is the purpose of the kit. Prep for reapplying.
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RE: Restore-A-Deck Cleaner Only
I used a kit prior to staining with Armstrong Clark in 2015. I started using the cleaner since its very dirty and it almost seems as if its pulling the stain! Is this possible? I also saw a reply to a question on here, for yearly cleaning that only 2-3 oz. of product should be used to 1 gallon of water. I wish that was on the label what I used may have been too strong.
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RE: Restore-A-Deck Cleaner Only
Quoting Mike Theisen:
I just had a stamped concrete patio installed. Will either the cleaner or the brightener affect the seal on the concrete?

No.
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RE: Restore-A-Deck Cleaner Only
I just had a stamped concrete patio installed. Will either the cleaner or the brightener affect the seal on the concrete?
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RE: Restore-A-Deck Cleaner Only
Quoting George Toth:
I have (2) Restore-A-Deck kits from last year that when opened are a solid chunk (not powder) - are they still good? Will they dissolve in water if I cut them out of the containers?

Yes, they should dissolve. Moisture must have gotten in there somehow. Typically only the top will harden if that happens.
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RE: Restore-A-Deck Cleaner Only
I have (2) Restore-A-Deck kits from last year that when opened are a solid chunk (not powder) - are they still good? Will they dissolve in water if I cut them out of the containers?
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RE: Restore-A-Deck Cleaner Only
Quoting Guidrysh:
Is it comparable to clorox ? Will I need a pressue washer ? I live in South Louisiana.
Looking forward to response

Clorox is bleach. Our products are not bleach based and much safer and more effective for prepping exterior wood. Yes, you either need to pressure wash after applying the Step 1 Cleaner or scrub and rinse.
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RE: Restore-A-Deck Cleaner Only
Is it comparable to clorox ? Will I need a pressue washer ? I live in South Louisiana.
Looking forward to response
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RE: Restore-A-Deck Cleaner Only
Quoting Rob Bennett:
I would like to use the cleaner as a house wash prior to repainting. I want to know if I can use it through the injector of my pressure washer. Also if I need to do anything to prevent damage to my Brazilian redwood deck that has already been stained for the year.

Sorry, but this product will not work when injected. Try to keep off the stained deck if possible as it may "clean" it in spots, making the finish uneven.
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Using as hous wash
I would like to use the cleaner as a house wash prior to repainting. I want to know if I can use it through the injector of my pressure washer. Also if I need to do anything to prevent damage to my Brazilian redwood deck that has already been stained for the year.
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RE: Restore-A-Deck Cleaner Only
Quoting Ken Kapps:
What is the main ingredient of your Restore A Deck Cleaner and your Restore A Deck Stripper? I have a deck/landing made of Pau Lope. During the past 15 years I've cleaned it with various products, none to my satisfaction. I would like to get it really clean before I apply yet another application of Penofin.

You should use the the Stripper not the Cleaner. Penofin turns darker in color and needs to be removed fully to restore the wood color.
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Homeowner
What is the main ingredient of your Restore A Deck Cleaner and your Restore A Deck Stripper? I have a deck/landing made of Pau Lope. During the past 15 years I've cleaned it with various products, none to my satisfaction. I would like to get it really clean before I apply yet another application of Penofin.
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RE: Restore-A-Deck Cleaner Only
Quoting jdodger:
I live in the Upper Peninsula of Michigan. I stripped, and brightened my deck two years ago using Restore -A-Deck kits.. Then I applied TWP 100 in the Cedartone color. The deck still looks good, but before another winter, I would like to reapply a coat of TWP 100. Do I need to use Restore=A -Deck cleaner before I ereapply the TWP 100? Should I also use the brightener?

Just use the cleaner and lightly wash and reapply.
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Reapplying TWP 100
I live in the Upper Peninsula of Michigan. I stripped, and brightened my deck two years ago using Restore -A-Deck kits.. Then I applied TWP 100 in the Cedartone color. The deck still looks good, but before another winter, I would like to reapply a coat of TWP 100. Do I need to use Restore=A -Deck cleaner before I ereapply the TWP 100? Should I also use the brightener?
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RE: Restore-A-Deck Cleaner Only
Quoting Patrick Wilson:
I have an enclosed screen porch with rough sawn pine siding. About five years ago I applied a semi transparent stain sealer in a honey gold color. It has greyed on the areas closest to the screens. I want to clean it up but I am concerned about cleaners and other products being too aggressive and having the wood fibers of the sawn texture peeling off and or darkening the color. What would be the best process?

Cleaners do not peel off wood fibers but you will remove oxidized wood cells. This is normal when cleaning. Best to clean and brighten for the prep.
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Cleaning stained siding
I have an enclosed screen porch with rough sawn pine siding. About five years ago I applied a semi transparent stain sealer in a honey gold color. It has greyed on the areas closest to the screens. I want to clean it up but I am concerned about cleaners and other products being too aggressive and having the wood fibers of the sawn texture peeling off and or darkening the color. What would be the best process?
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RE: Restore-A-Deck Cleaner Only
Quoting Jack Anderson:
I am about to re-stain my deck. The dimensions are 33x17. It is a rather old deck, at least 20 years old. How much and what products do you think I should use to clean it before staining? I have some mildew and weathered look to it. Thank you.z44

If not stain on the wood then no need to strip. Use the Restore A Deck Kits for this. Apply the Step 1 and pressure wash off. Apply the Step 2 after to neutralize.
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Mr.
I am about to re-stain my deck. The dimensions are 33x17. It is a rather old deck, at least 20 years old. How much and what products do you think I should use to clean it before staining? I have some mildew and weathered look to it. Thank you.z44
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RE: Restore-A-Deck Cleaner Only
Quoting Linda:
Hi,
I'm about to re-stain a deck but I need to strip the old stain first. Do I have to use the cleaner first, then the stripper, and finally the brightner? Or should it be done in a different order? Also, can I do each step on separate days or it has to be done all in one day? Thank you

No need for the cleaner when using the stripper. Apply the brightener the same day, right after the stripping is done.
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Clean, strip, brighten?
Hi,
I'm about to re-stain a deck but I need to strip the old stain first. Do I have to use the cleaner first, then the stripper, and finally the brightner? Or should it be done in a different order? Also, can I do each step on separate days or it has to be done all in one day? Thank you
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RE: Restore-A-Deck Cleaner Only
Quoting Diane Thompson:
Yesterday I was in the process of cleaning my deck (1 year old, never been stained), we were about 75% done when the weather unexpectedly opened up. I did not have time to apply the brightener and today I have a lot of fuzzies. If I re-clean the deck in three days then apply the brightener would that solve that problem or will we need to sand the entire deck (25x30)?

This can happen when removing a heavy layer of oxidized wood cells from a deck that has never been stained. Proceed with the cleaning and brightening. If you still have fuzzies then you can rent a floor buffer and remove then excess raised wood fibers with a sanding pad.
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RE: Restore-A-Deck Cleaner Only
Yesterday I was in the process of cleaning my deck (1 year old, never been stained), we were about 75% done when the weather unexpectedly opened up. I did not have time to apply the brightener and today I have a lot of fuzzies. If I re-clean the deck in three days then apply the brightener would that solve that problem or will we need to sand the entire deck (25x30)?
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RE: Restore-A-Deck Cleaner Only
Quoting Bob Ryan:
The redwood deck is 20 years old. It was sanded and refinished two years ago. It is exposed to direct sun and has some areas of wear( weathered grey looking). What do you recommend for hand cleaning and if practical refinishing?

Prep first with the Restore A deck Kits. this will have both the cleaner and the brightener to restore the wood. Stain with Armstrong Clark or TWP/
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home owner
The redwood deck is 20 years old. It was sanded and refinished two years ago. It is exposed to direct sun and has some areas of wear( weathered grey looking). What do you recommend for hand cleaning and if practical refinishing?
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RE: Restore-A-Deck Cleaner Only
Quoting Jacob:
I am in the process of installing new cedar deck boards. What process and timeline do you recommend for cleaning and sealing/staining the new wood?

This varies based on the stain you will be using. Do you happen to know which stain you will be using?
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New Cedar Deck
I am in the process of installing new cedar deck boards. What process and timeline do you recommend for cleaning and sealing/stainin g the new wood?
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RE: Restore-A-Deck Cleaner Only
Quoting Stacy:
I have a 10 year old deck that has some wear and had significant mildew/grime buildup. We applied Defy epoxy uv sealer 9 years ago. We have replaced damaged boards, power washed it clean and plan on sanding. 1) is the cleaner and brightener step needed. 2) if yes, would you sand before or after the cleaning step?
Thanks

Sand first then apply the cleaner and brightener to finish the prep after. It will help the new stain penetrate better.
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Sanding/cleanin g order
I have a 10 year old deck that has some wear and had significant mildew/grime buildup. We applied Defy epoxy uv sealer 9 years ago. We have replaced damaged boards, power washed it clean and plan on sanding. 1) is the cleaner and brightener step needed. 2) if yes, would you sand before or after the cleaning step?
Thanks
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RE: Restore-A-Deck Cleaner Only
Quoting cliff barrow:
I have a deck built out of ironwood (ipe).it has small circular oxidation stains from metal deck furniture. Will your product remove them?

That is rust. The brightener may help remove this but it depends on how deep into the grain it is.
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RE: Restore-A-Deck Cleaner Only
I have a deck built out of ironwood (ipe).it has small circular oxidation stains from metal deck furniture. Will your product remove them?
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RE: Restore-A-Deck Cleaner Only
Quoting jesseflint:
Once cleaner is mixed how long is it good for ?

1-2 hours at most.
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RE: Restore-A-Deck Cleaner Only
Quoting greg8212:
where I can buy other than online store?

Sorry but only online.
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RE: Restore-A-Deck Cleaner Only
where I can buy other than online store?
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deck cleaner
Once cleaner is mixed how long is it good for ?
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RE: Restore-A-Deck Cleaner Only
Quoting Mike Nguyen:
How often do you recommend cleaning the deck with restore-a-deck cleaner? Do you only use this when you plan to restain? Or can you do this on a yearly basis to get rid of mold and mildew?

You can use at full strenght to prep for restaining. For general cleaning you should dilute product down to 2-3 oz per gallon of water.
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Homeowner
How often do you recommend cleaning the deck with restore-a-deck cleaner? Do you only use this when you plan to restain? Or can you do this on a yearly basis to get rid of mold and mildew?
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Awesome Product
I purchased the Restore-A-Deck cleaner and brightener kit to use on a 14 yr old deck that had never been treated and the results were amazing. I highly recommend this to anyone.
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RE: Restore-A-Deck Cleaner Only
Quoting mimi:
can i use it to clean fence before staining?

Yes it cleans fences.
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RE: Restore-A-Deck Cleaner Only
Quoting mimi:
can i use hose end sprayer to spray this to my old fence, what mixing and concentration can i use

No you cannot apply it with a hose end sprayer.
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RE: Restore-A-Deck Cleaner Only
can i use hose end sprayer to spray this to my old fence, what mixing and concentration can i use
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RE: Restore-A-Deck Cleaner Only
can i use it to clean fence before staining?
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RE: Restore-A-Deck Cleaner Only
Quoting Ralph Caselnova:
Will this work on Pau Lope, a Brazilian hardwood?

yes it cleans your wood type to remove dirt, graying, and mildew.
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RE: Restore-A-Deck Cleaner Only
Will this work on Pau Lope, a Brazilian hardwood?
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Cleaner
Hi,
Can I use the cleaner on a stained deck? I Stained my deck last year with TWP stain and want to put a second coat on this year. Should I use the RAD cleaner on the stained deck or just powerwash it good and apply a second coat?
Thanks
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Rain and Stain
Thanks. Rain held off and I managed to apply a liberal coat of Woodrich TimberOil. TO requires 4-8 hours drying time and even allows for light rain within 30 minutes. The deck dried for 6 hours in the sun before the skies opened up but from what I can see it looks fine.
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re: Rain and Stain
okay to proceed when dry.
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Rain and Stain
Just completed cleaning and brightening my deck using the RAD kit. Now the weather forecast has changed and rain is on the way so now I have to hold off staining. Do I have to clean the deck again or is it okay to proceed with applying stain once everything is dry?
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Either way will work but slightly damp is easier for application.
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Wet before Cleaning?
Does does my cedar deck need to be wet before applying RAD cleaner or just spray it on to the dry boards?
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re: Prepping To Stain Newly Built Cedar Deck
Best to use a cleaner and brightener for prepping the new wood. The RAD kits will work. Make sure you follow the stain manufacturer's directions when it comes to staining new wood. Most want you to wait.
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Prepping To Stain Newly Built Cedar Deck
My contractor will be completing the construction of our new red cedar deck. I was going to stain it but read online that even new cedar decks should be cleaned first. Is that really necessary? If so, what products of yours do you recommend? Can I just get by with the cleaner and then my stain?
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re: Cleaner and brightener
Yes you should use the cleaner and brightener kit with the pressure washer for the prep of the wood.
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Cleaner and brightener
Ready to stain my deck. It's been about 5 years since that has been done. It has been power washed in the interim. Should a cleaning and brightening be done prior to re-staining? Slight mildew has built up in certain areas.
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re: Can Stripper and Brightner Used Same Day?
You apply the brightener as soon as you are done with the stripper, while the wood is still wet.
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Can Stripper and Brightner Used Same Day?
Do you need to wait any period of time after applying the RAD stain stripper before applying hte brightner? Or can you do it the same day one after the other.
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re: Do I need a brightner?
The cleaner should not remove the stain unless the stain has deteriorated. No need for the brightener this time.
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Do I need a brightner?
Hello,

I have a 3 year old deck that was re-stained/seal ed last year. Now there is some black mold in spots. The stain itself is in good condition and I do not want to strip it. I only want to remove the mold and then re-seal it. My question is....after I use your cleaner, do I just wait a few days and then seal it? Since I'm not stripping away the stain, do I also need to use the brightner? And..your cleaner won't strip the stain color, right?

THanks for your help!
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James, you can use the Restore A Deck products on cedar siding. It is possible that the drips may discolor the stain below the siding. Best to do it all at once of possible.
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I am planning to strip, brighten and re-stain a cedar deck. The exterior siding above the deck is also cedar.

1) Would the cleaner/brighte ner products also be recommended for rough sawn cedar siding?

2) If I were to clean/brighten and restain the siding later this year, is there a possibility that either the cleaner or brightener would have any effect on the stain on the recently re-finished deck below (from the product(s) dripping down on the deck)

Thanks
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Best to strip it all and then brighten. No need for cleaner.
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Hi. I have a partially stained deck (literally only portions of a few boards, balusters, and rails on a 500 sq ft deck). Can I use the stripper only on the stained areas, and then use the cleaner everywhere else, and then proceed to using the brightener everywhere with good, even results? Or will the cleaner take care of it? It is pressure treated wood that, other than the few areas of stain, is stain free. The stain (Sherwin-Willia ms DeckScapes Exterior Waterborne Semi-Transparen t Deck Stain) was applied two summers ago. Please advise. Thank you!

-Dan (MI)
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It can be used on stone to clean dirt and grime.
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I see that cleaner can be used on concrete. Can the cleaner also be used on culture stone?

Thanks,

Mary
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re: Applying with pressure washer
You cannot apply the cleaner through a pressure washer. It will not work effectively.
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Applying with pressure washer
Hi
I would like to apply the cleaner and brightener with a pressure washer rather than a lawn and garden type sprayer. My washer as a low pressure nozzle for this type of application. Is this ok to do? and if yes can you recommend a concentration to mix the solutions too, since the pressure would dilute the solution further with the water supply.

Thanks
Dave
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