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Restore A Deck Cleaner Instructions

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RAD CLEANERdefaultRestore A Deck Cleaner Instructions and How To Tips

Keeping your wooden deck in good condition is without a doubt crucial to both its appearance and lifespan. Nothing looks worse and deteriorates more quickly than a neglected deck. Many deck owners have opted to do their own deck maintenance.

Restore A Deck cleaner is a specifically designed two-part system that is best used to clean and prep a wood deck prior to resealing it. The Restore A Deck cleaner system consists of a wood cleaner that will remove dirt, grime, mold, mildew, and grayed wood fibers. Step 2 of RAD Cleaner is a wood brightener that corrects the pH of the wood and brightens it up prior to applying a wood stain or sealer.

To clean a deck using the Restore A Deck system follow these easy step-by-step instructions.

1. Be sure air temperatures or between 45-90 degrees. Remove all furnishings from the deck and the surrounding area.

2. Though Restore A Deck is Eco-Friendly it is still a good idea to cover sensitive plants and shrubbery or pre-wet them with fresh water. Use plastic to cover doors and windows in the surrounding area.

3. Follow the Restore A Deck instructions to mix the Step 1 Cleaner in a clean bucket until all crystals are dissolved and transfer to sprayer to avoid clogging of sprayer inlet tube.

4. Lightly spray the wood deck with water. Use a pump sprayer or scrub brush to apply RAD Cleaner to the wood. Allow the cleaner to dwell for 5-15 minutes. Keep the deck wet by misting with water during the dwell time. If using a pump sprayer please make sure that no undissolved powder is poured into the sprayer. It will get clogged!

5. Hand scrub or use a pressure wash to remove dirt, grime, and graying from the wood surface. Do not use excessive pressure. Pressure washing at 1500 PSI is much more effective and easier.

6. Once cleaned, rinse the wood deck and the surrounding plants, windows, house siding, etc.

7. While the deck is still wet from rinsing, apply the Restore A Deck Wood Brightener (Step 2).

8. Blend the RAD Wood Brightener by following the product’s instructions and apply with a pump sprayer. Allow the brightener to dwell for 10 minutes then rinse off. No need to having scrub or pressure wash the RAD Brightener. Make sure to rinse the RAD Brightener thoroughly for 20 minutes until all soap suds are removed after the 10 minutes dwell time.

Note that the RAD cleaner is not intended for removing old deck stains or sealers. Please see Restore A Deck Stain Stripper when dealing with existing stains.

If you have any specific questions about your project or just need some help, please ask below!

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Shelley Loeffler
Shelley Loeffler
23 days ago

I used restore a deck cleaner and brightener. A bit of green mildew/mold remains. How do I remove it? I plan on recoating with TWP, the original stain I used.

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23 days ago

Post some pics in the comments.

Shelley Loeffler
Shelley Loeffler
21 days ago
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I have posted a photo from my phone twice. Have you gotten them?

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Admin
21 days ago

No pictures.

Shelley Loeffler
Shelley Loeffler
21 days ago

I’m trying again. I need to know if I can spray bleach on the affected areas and rinse off and not have to use the cleaner and brightened again.

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Admin
20 days ago

You should strip and brighten this to ensure it is all removed and even when appearance when done:
https://www.restore-a-deck.com/restore-a-deck-stripper-brightener-kit.html

Make sure you are pressure washing as well.

Dave H
Dave H
2 months ago

I have 2 year old unstained, treated pine deck in need of a clean. I do not plan to stain at this time, can I use RAD just to clean and leave unstained for now? Also can the brightener be applied a day or two after cleaning if one re-wets the deck? Not sure sure I can get cleaning and brightening done in one shot.

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2 months ago
Reply to  Dave H

Yes to both questions but if possible, brighten right after the cleaning. It is a very easy step.

Tami D
Tami D
2 months ago

I tried to remove a marine seal once sealer on vertical spindles so I could apply RAD semi transparent cedar stain. It was impossible to remove the stain just beaded on top. I used RAD stripper and power washed a little too much to try to get it off. In addition after staining my deck there was a huge down pour. Some of the deck that immediately got wet turned dark in some areas. I also thought one coat would be enough because I sanded. This spring 2024, I’m starting over! Plan to strip , brighten and restain using the brush ( last year I used a hand brush) question is those spindles what is the most powerful stripper RAD offers to get the sealant completely off the spindles? Is stripper enough to remove the one coat on the deck boards then brighten?

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2 months ago
Reply to  Tami D

Post some pics of the deck and what you are trying to remove.

Tami
Tami
2 months ago
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plan to strip,brighten then stain. The railings had a sealant i couldnt completely remove

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Admin
2 months ago
Reply to  Tami

The floors look pretty good. You can clean (or lightly strip) and then brighten them. Hard to see form pics but the railings should strip off as well. You could add the Booster and Gel additves to the strippers.

FYI, it is normal for the stripper to lower the pH balance of the wood and darken it. This is why you must brighten after to restore the pH and lighten the wood.

Tami D
Tami D
2 months ago

I prepped and stained my front covered deck with semi transparent cedar stain last summer looks great . All I want to do is clean it. Heavy pollen and dirt. Can I use the cleaner on the stained wood to clean and freshen without restraining?

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Admin
2 months ago
Reply to  Tami D

No. Deck cleaners should only be used when you plan on recoating with the same stain or sealer as they produce a “deeper” cleaner. They should not be used for general cleaning of dirt or pollen.

Christa Spring
Christa Spring
3 months ago

Can I clean and brighten and if it rains before I get stain on do I need to do it again? It will be just a couple of days.

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Admin
3 months ago
Reply to  Christa Spring

Rain will not harm the prep.

John Kelling
John Kelling
4 months ago

I stripped and stained our deck last summer, which came out far better than we expected. This summer, I plan to clean and brighten it, adding another coat of stain (semi-transparent natural) . I’m wondering what to do with the vertical portions — spindles and posts. Can I clean and brighten them without restaining?

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Admin
4 months ago
Reply to  John Kelling

Only use the Cleaner and Brighten if you plan on recoating in those areas.

Matthew Holzman
Matthew Holzman
8 months ago

Can I use cleaner, skip brightner and go straight to stain?

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Admin
8 months ago

No, you should not skip the brightener step.

Matthew Holzman
Matthew Holzman
8 months ago
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Is the brightner necessary to create a balanced ph suitable to receive stain? The wood is only 2 months old but experienced some discoloration from standing leaves. I’d simply like to eliminate the limited discolored area’s using the already purchased RAD cleaner alone. Will my results surely be unsatisfactory following this course of action?

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Admin
8 months ago

You cannot skip the brightener step as it is needed for the proper pH balance.

Joe
Joe
9 months ago

I have glass panels for my deck railing. Will the deck cleaner damage or cause any effect/damage tothe glass?

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Admin
9 months ago
Reply to  Joe

It should not but sometimes glass can have a coating on them. Test spot first. Also, always prewet and rinse all over spray while working.

Thanks

Tom H
Tom H
10 months ago

I stripped, cleaned and brightened my deck using RAD products 3 years ago. When I retreat next year should I use cleaner at half strength, then brighten and restain or clean at full strength?

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Admin
10 months ago
Reply to  Tom H

Depends on the condition of the stain next year. Post pics when you are ready.

Bill
Bill
11 months ago

I used RAD Cleaner and Brightener again about 3 years ago, followed by a Woodrich Timberoil semitransparent stain designed for redwood and other resinous woods. I planned to do so again now, but see I used up your cleaner and brightener kit, and the kit I was about to use is your stripper and brightener kit. I don’t really need to strip, but could that work just for cleaning and brightening?

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Admin
11 months ago
Reply to  Bill

You can use the stripper and brightener kit for the prep.

dthefox
dthefox
11 months ago

After applying RAD brighter (after first using RAD stripper, I rinsed for 45 minutes. A little foam is still appearing with all that rinsing….with 45 minutes of rinsing, mai I be confident to proceed to staining after 2-3 days of drying?
Thank you

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Admin
11 months ago
Reply to  dthefox

Yes.

Ken
Ken
11 months ago

We sanded, applied applied borate, and stained or deck with TWP 100 last year. We would like to apply another coat this year because we had a few spots peel. Also we have a log home and want to be careful not to damage the log finish. We will be careful but have logs next to the deck. We purchased RAD.

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Admin
11 months ago
Reply to  Ken

Clean with the cleaner and then recoat.

Ken
Ken
11 months ago
Reply to  RAD Products

Using just the cleaner, or the cleaner and brighter?

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Admin
11 months ago
Reply to  Ken

Cleaner at 1/2 concenration. You just want to remove dirt, not the stain. BTW, it actually looks fine. You could wait until next year.

Susan
Susan
11 months ago

I restored my deck with your products late last summer–stripped, brightened & stained. The result was fantastic. Your products & system are the best. However, I could not apply a 2nd coat of stain because of the time needed to do the first coat. I want to do the 2nd coat now. I think that all I have to do is apply your cleaner and then stain–is that correct?
Also, your yellow staining brush is great! Thank you!

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Admin
11 months ago
Reply to  Susan

Yes, that is correct. You might want to use the cleaner at 1/2 strength so it is not too aggreesive.

Marie DeRiso
Marie DeRiso
1 year ago

I have a cedar ceiling on my porch and it needs cleaned and resealed can I use a pressure washer to apply the cleaner?

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Admin
1 year ago
Reply to  Marie DeRiso

No. Pump spray on and then pressure wash off.

Janette Elliott
Janette Elliott
1 year ago

I did my entire deck last year. New wood. I used the Clean, Brighten and stain as directed. I have a few random spots that are flaking on my deck. There seems to be no rhyme or reason as to why the stain didn’t adhere. My plan was to do another coat this year as per the directions. (2nd year) but I want to know if I need to do anything special to these flaking areas, such as sand/buff///

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Admin
1 year ago

Just prep and recoat and you should be okay.

Carol
Carol
1 year ago

After using paint stripper, when should solid stain be applied?

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Admin
1 year ago
Reply to  Carol

Stain within 2 weeeks after the prep. You can stain as soon as a few hours later.

Carol
Carol
1 year ago
Reply to  RAD Products

I will not be able to apply the solid stain for about a month after using the paint stripper. Would I then have to clean and brighten before applying the solid stain?

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Admin
1 year ago
Reply to  Carol

Yes.

Adam
Adam
1 year ago

Hello, I used the RAD cleaner and brightener on my 1 year old cedar deck, with a pressure washer.
I supposed I used too much pressure because there are plenty of fuzzy wood fibres all over. Will I have to sand them away? Or can I stain over top?

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1 year ago
Reply to  Adam

Pics?

Adam
Adam
1 year ago
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Sure thing.

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Admin
1 year ago
Reply to  Adam

Buff them off. This happens when removing deep oxidation. See this article for tips: https://www.deckstainhelp.com/wood-fuzzies-furring-on-deck/

Adam
Adam
1 year ago
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Sure thing, here they are.

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Richard
Richard
1 year ago

California
Lots of sun, though partial oak shade.
Redwood, circa 1990’s, good condition
No apparent mold or mildew
September 2020, after stripping and neutralizing old red stain we did not like (alkyd and various oil), Then used TWP 1500 clear transparent and liked the natural tone when fresh. It turned dull and gray after a year or two. 
I anticipate either Restore A Deck two step vs. stripping plus neutralizing. Then more TWP 1500 (I have 1-2 gallons left in the 5 gal can). I would also consider a cedar tint since that should give me a little more sun protection. 
I intend to leave rails as-is this time and only do the 950 sq. ft. floor. Never impressed that my now-leaking pressure washer did any more than hose nozzle unless I got so close as to damage wood, so I am inclined to use scrubbing brush and hose nozzle for prep. Water is scarce here, but I don’t see any way to conserve water on this job. 
Does this make sense?

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Admin
1 year ago
Reply to  Richard

RAD Cleaner and Brightener fore prep while pressure washing is the easiest way to prep. Yoi could scrub but it is a lot more work. Tinted stains are needed for UV protection.

Lisa
Lisa
1 year ago

if I don’t have a pressure washer, how do I apply the cleaner and then the brightener?

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Admin
1 year ago
Reply to  Lisa

Apply with a pump sprayer, heavy scrub, and rinse when done.

Lisa
Lisa
1 year ago
Reply to  RAD Products

sorry, I wan’t clear on my question—I have neither a pump sprayer nor a power washer…can I use a big sponge?

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Admin
1 year ago
Reply to  Lisa

Yes but much easier to buy a pump sprayer for applying. They are fairly inexpensive.

Jim
Jim
1 year ago

Let me make sure I got this right. Using the Restore-A-Deck cleaner, you first lightly spray the deck with water, then apply the dissolved cleaner using the hand pump sprayer, then wait 5-15 minutes before using the scrub brush to clean. Is this correct? Call me stupid if you wish 🤔

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Admin
1 year ago
Reply to  Jim

Yes, except pressure wash off is the preferred and easier method. Brightener goes on after.

Jim
Jim
1 year ago

I live in south Georgia. Summer temps here are 60’s and 70’s overnight …. and 80’s and 90’s during the day. I see that the recommended temperature for applying the cleaner/brightener is between 45-90 degrees. Is there any leeway in that temperature requirement? As I mentioned, we will often hit 95 degrees at mid-day or late afternoon.

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Admin
1 year ago
Reply to  Jim

If you keep the wood wet while using the prep products, you can apply them in higher temps.

Tom
Tom
1 year ago

I have used your semi transparent products for a few years on my decks. I refinished this deck 2 years ago. It is not looking good at all now. Why do you think it has deteriorated so much and what are your suggestions?
Thanks,
Tom

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Admin
1 year ago
Reply to  Tom

It is normal to have to prep and recoat every 2-3 years. Use the Cleaner an Brighener Kit and pressure washing for prep.

david
david
1 year ago

do i have to strip deck or can i stain over this. it’s your product i put on last year

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1 year ago
Reply to  david

Use the Cleaner and then recoat. You could also wait until next year.

david
david
1 year ago

can i restain with your product without stripping from year to year

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Admin
1 year ago
Reply to  david

Whenever recoating you need to cleanr for prep but you do not have to strip.

Karine
Karine
1 year ago

We have stain our deck 3 years ago with RAD semi-transparent walnut stain. We would like to recoat the deck this year. I was wondering if we have to do the cleaner and the brighter or just the cleaner before recoating? Thanks !

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1 year ago
Reply to  Karine

Clean and brighten.

Karine
Karine
1 year ago
Reply to  RAD Products

Thanks!

Karine
Karine
1 year ago
Reply to  RAD Products

Okay…when recoating, should I do one or two coats?

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1 year ago
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Anna
Anna
1 year ago

Can the cleaner be used just to clean off the grime?

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1 year ago
Reply to  Anna

Only use the Cleaner if you plan on recoating. For dirt, just use some warm water and dish soap.

Anna
Anna
1 year ago
Reply to  RAD Products

UGH. I called the toll free number while I was waiting for your reply and I was told the opposite: that the cleaner can be used just to clean! I ordered from Canada and with exchange and shipping the total came to just over $100. I received the supplies I need to strip, brighten and stain last week and now I have the cleaner coming that will be useless.

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Admin
1 year ago
Reply to  Anna

You can cancel the order. Thanks

CJcjcj
CJcjcj
1 year ago

I just did the whole process on my deck and steps last year and used the TWP stain. The deck surface and steps didn’t hold up well through a buffalo winter and need to be done again. Do I just powerwash and put down more TWP or do I have to go through the whole cleaner/brightener process again?

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Admin
1 year ago
Reply to  CJcjcj

Use the prep products while pressure washing.

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Admin
1 year ago

Your bamboo is clean already so just use water to remove any dirt. The TWP 300 Series is a filming coating designed for bamboo. It is designed to dry on top and leave a shine. It is not the same as using a penetrating stain like the RAD semi-transparent where you need the bamboo porous by removing the natural coating that is already on your bamboo.

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Your_Cousin_From_Boston
1 year ago
Reply to  RAD Products

Thanks for the quick reply!

Ah.. OK. Then I’m good to go with, like you’ve mentioned, a straight water rinse. Good to know! I appreciate the info and will forgo the Cleaner/Brightener combo.

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1 year ago

I used the stripper/brightener and stain on the deck. Now I want to do the fence and railing nearby. The stain is in pretty good shape there, I think I can clean and brighten without the stripper. The stain is still visible but is fairly consistent on the uprights. the horizontal pieces show more graying but I cannot possibly get inside the uprights to scrub. If I clean and brighten with some stain left from before, am I making a mistake?

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1 year ago
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What brand is the prior stain? It has to come off if a different brand.

Linda
Linda
1 year ago
Reply to  RAD Products

Benjamin and Moore, semi transparent oil based

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1 year ago
Reply to  Linda

Whenever you switch brands of stain you have to remove the old coating. 

Kermit
Kermit
1 year ago

We have a deck with pressure washer marks.  Will this product get rid of them?

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1 year ago
Reply to  Kermit

No. The only way to get rid of this is to power sand the entire deck evenly to remove.

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