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.

After the wood deck has been cleaned following the Restore A Deck Cleaner instructions allow the wood to dry for 1-2 days before applying a wood deck stain or sealer. 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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help needed with Algae
It has not yet dried - now expecting rain for 3 days so I will wait until it all dries and let you know.

Many thanks
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Quoting Joyce:
I just used your deck cleaner, 2 times to get the old grey color off the wood, and used the brightener - but still have some algae on the boards, what would you suggest I do to get it clean?

Has it dried yet? Typically it will go away after it fully dries.
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help needed for algae
I just used your deck cleaner, 2 times to get the old grey color off the wood, and used the brightener - but still have some algae on the boards, what would you suggest I do to get it clean?
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Quoting Jon Larson:
Can I use this product on Teak furniture. It works great on my Ipe decking, just want to make sure that it is safe for teak.

Yes, you can do this.
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Can I use this product on Teak furniture. It works great on my Ipe decking, just want to make sure that it is safe for teak.
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Quoting Chuck Davis:
Quoting TheSealerStore:
Quoting Chuck Davis:
I used RAD Cleaner & Brightener around a week ago, but I am having trouble getting a weather window to put down TWP 100 stain. What is the minimum time between rain and applying the stain? What is the minimum time between applying the stain and a following rain? Temps are going to be 45-70. Thanks.

Try to stain within 2 weeks of the prep. As for when it can rain after staining, that varies drastically based on the brand of stain you are using?


I will be using TWP 100 stain. What is the minimum time between the last rain and applying the stain? What is the minimum time between applying the TWP 100 stain and a following rain? Temps are going to be 45-70. Thanks.

24-48 hours after a rain, before applying. After applied, 8-24 hours before it can rain. Temps play a significant role.
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Quoting TheSealerStore:
Quoting Chuck Davis:
I used RAD Cleaner & Brightener around a week ago, but I am having trouble getting a weather window to put down TWP 100 stain. What is the minimum time between rain and applying the stain? What is the minimum time between applying the stain and a following rain? Temps are going to be 45-70. Thanks.

Try to stain within 2 weeks of the prep. As for when it can rain after staining, that varies drastically based on the brand of stain you are using?


I will be using TWP 100 stain. What is the minimum time between the last rain and applying the stain? What is the minimum time between applying the TWP 100 stain and a following rain? Temps are going to be 45-70. Thanks.
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Quoting Chuck Davis:
I used RAD Cleaner & Brightener around a week ago, but I am having trouble getting a weather window to put down TWP 100 stain. What is the minimum time between rain and applying the stain? What is the minimum time between applying the stain and a following rain? Temps are going to be 45-70. Thanks.

Try to stain within 2 weeks of the prep. As for when it can rain after staining, that varies drastically based on the brand of stain you are using?
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RE: Restore A Deck Cleaner Instructions
I used RAD Cleaner & Brightener around a week ago, but I am having trouble getting a weather window to put down TWP 100 stain. What is the minimum time between rain and applying the stain? What is the minimum time between applying the stain and a following rain? Temps are going to be 45-70. Thanks.
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Quoting Derek:
This is brand newly constructed deck. At least is was two summers ago! I have done nothing because the pine wood seems not too absorbent, in fact it has mostly a 'shiny' surface. Thoughts and ideas please.

If it is shiny, it must have some kind of filming coating on it. That would need to come off before staining. How to remove depends on what the coating is. Do you know?
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RE: Restore A Deck Cleaner Instructions
This is brand newly constructed deck. At least is was two summers ago! I have done nothing because the pine wood seems not too absorbent, in fact it has mostly a 'shiny' surface. Thoughts and ideas please.
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Quoting John Lambert:
I want to clean and brighten a deck with your product. I presently have Sikkens SRD on the railings and spindles, Sikkens DEK on the deck. They are both semitransparent. Will your product work well on Sikkens?

Are you trying to remove the Sikkens or clean it for reapplying the same Sikkens again?
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Home owner
I want to clean and brighten a deck with your product. I presently have Sikkens SRD on the railings and spindles, Sikkens DEK on the deck. They are both semitransparent . Will your product work well on Sikkens?
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Quoting Anna Jane Belk:
I want to remove green mold and algae from old unfinished wood decks. (Less than 150 square feet). One deck turned black after scrubbing with chlorox. I haven't attempted to clean the other. Your company recommended that I use step 1 and step 2 on both decks. Does the brightener really need to be applied with a pump sprayer? What about applying with a deck scrub brush? Since the decks are very small, I'm trying to keep costs down. Nevertheless, I want to do an excellent job. I want to be certain that all green and black algae and mold are removed. What equipment is required to do an excellent job while keeping costs low? Also, I'm not certain of what proportion of cleaner or brightener to water I should use or how much cleaner and brightener I should use to clean 150 sq ft of old unfinished deck. Can you please suggest a recipe? Thanks, Anna

You would need about 1 gallon for 150 sq. feet. Mix at 8oz of powder to 1 gallon of water. You can apply the Step 2 Brightener with a mop, but much easier to apply with a pump sprayer. You would need a scrub brush for the Step 1 Cleaner if not using a pressure washer.
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Cleaning unfinished wood deck
I want to remove green mold and algae from old unfinished wood decks. (Less than 150 square feet). One deck turned black after scrubbing with chlorox. I haven't attempted to clean the other. Your company recommended that I use step 1 and step 2 on both decks. Does the brightener really need to be applied with a pump sprayer? What about applying with a deck scrub brush? Since the decks are very small, I'm trying to keep costs down. Nevertheless, I want to do an excellent job. I want to be certain that all green and black algae and mold are removed. What equipment is required to do an excellent job while keeping costs low? Also, I'm not certain of what proportion of cleaner or brightener to water I should use or how much cleaner and brightener I should use to clean 150 sq ft of old unfinished deck. Can you please suggest a recipe? Thanks, Anna
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Quoting Robert Messelheiser:
Will Gemini restore a deck and brightner take the black paint off my steel rails? thanks

It does not strip paint, unless the paint is already peeling.
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Will Gemini restore a deck and brightner take the black paint off my steel rails? thanks
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Quoting david tinsman:
building a new dock out of new 2x6 cedar
do i follow same instructions as for older wood
i have already purchased your rad cleaner & brightener & armstrong clark 'amber'

thanks
dave tinsman

New would should weather for a few months and then prepped with the RAD Step 1 and Step 2 before applying the Amber.
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building a new dock out of new 2x6 cedar
do i follow same instructions as for older wood
i have already purchased your rad cleaner & brightener & armstrong clark 'amber'

thanks
dave tinsman
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Quoting joe f:
I applied RAD cleaner to my wood deck yesterday. However, I didn't realize that I was suppose to apply the RAD brightener while the deck was still wet from cleaning. Can I just rewet the deck and apply the RAD brightener after the rewetting or do I have to take any other steps?

Yes you can rewet and apply.
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I applied RAD cleaner to my wood deck yesterday. However, I didn't realize that I was suppose to apply the RAD brightener while the deck was still wet from cleaning. Can I just rewet the deck and apply the RAD brightener after the rewetting or do I have to take any other steps?
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Quoting Julie Opp:
I just completed this process on a new (2-week old) cedar deck. about 1/3 of the deck is very white, the rest is beautiful cedar. Can i just repeat the whitener step on the white areas to restore color?

You may need to repeat the cleaner as well to remove all of the oxidized wood cells.
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RE: Restore A Deck Cleaner Instructions
I just completed this process on a new (2-week old) cedar deck. about 1/3 of the deck is very white, the rest is beautiful cedar. Can i just repeat the whitener step on the white areas to restore color?
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Quoting Stuart McClean:
I have just completed a new cedar deck with cedar hand railing and powder coated spindles.Will the deck cleaner (step 1) damage the paint on the metal spindles? Also the deck skirting is cedar boards should these vertical boards be cleaned in the same manner as the deck boards ? Thank you in advance.

It should not damage the spindles but best to always test first. Treat the verticals the same as the horizontals.
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Home owner
I have just completed a new cedar deck with cedar hand railing and powder coated spindles.Will the deck cleaner (step 1) damage the paint on the metal spindles? Also the deck skirting is cedar boards should these vertical boards be cleaned in the same manner as the deck boards ? Thank you in advance.
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Quoting Gloria:
I applied One Time natural wood protector to my deck 4 years ago. Would you advise cleaning it with RAD and reapplying One time again. Or strip it a d restain it with another product? Other than being dirty, it appears to held up. How can I tell if reapplying is necessary

the One Time has a tendency to darken in color. We would suggest stripping it to remove and brighten the wood. Switch to TWP.
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RE: Restore A Deck Cleaner Instructions
I applied One Time natural wood protector to my deck 4 years ago. Would you advise cleaning it with RAD and reapplying One time again. Or strip it a d restain it with another product? Other than being dirty, it appears to held up. How can I tell if reapplying is necessary
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Quoting Larry Durbin:
We had a covered porch built in Feb. Floor is composite, rails and posts are cedar, but ceiling is 4x8 sheets of a pine beadboard that does not seem to take dark stains very well. Will the brightener make a difference in how the stain will come out? In other words, does it act as a "conditioner" to help the wood accept the stain without a splotchy appearance?

No it is not a conditioner. It brightens the wood and neutralizes the Step 1 Cleaner or Stain Stripper.
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RE: Restore A Deck Cleaner Instructions
We had a covered porch built in Feb. Floor is composite, rails and posts are cedar, but ceiling is 4x8 sheets of a pine beadboard that does not seem to take dark stains very well. Will the brightener make a difference in how the stain will come out? In other words, does it act as a "conditioner" to help the wood accept the stain without a splotchy appearance?
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Quoting Kelly:
Hello,
We have a new cedar deck that was built over 3 months ago and was entirely sanded with 80 grit. We used your restore-a-deck cleaner and brightener today. Applied cleaner with garden sprayer, allowed to sit for 15 minutes then removed with pressure washer at around 1200 PSI. Then when still wet we applied the brightener, let sit for 10 minutes then removed with garden hose sprayer. On the main deck's horizontal surface we have a film which seems to be a fine wood paste that clumps together when mildly rubbed with a finger almost as if the brightener removed a layer of wood in some areas!? Will this sweep away once dried or do we need to do something else prior to staining in a week or so. Please advise!
Thank you!

Those are wood fibers from oxidation that were not fully removed when you pressure washed. Nothing to do with the brightener. Re-clean and use a little more pressure to make sure that all the oxidized wood fibers are removed. Brighten again after.
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Film after wash and brightener
Hello,
We have a new cedar deck that was built over 3 months ago and was entirely sanded with 80 grit. We used your restore-a-deck cleaner and brightener today. Applied cleaner with garden sprayer, allowed to sit for 15 minutes then removed with pressure washer at around 1200 PSI. Then when still wet we applied the brightener, let sit for 10 minutes then removed with garden hose sprayer. On the main deck's horizontal surface we have a film which seems to be a fine wood paste that clumps together when mildly rubbed with a finger almost as if the brightener removed a layer of wood in some areas!? Will this sweep away once dried or do we need to do something else prior to staining in a week or so. Please advise!
Thank you!
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Quoting David Vinch:
Hi, My electric PW has a tank that can take a cleaning solution that it will then mix at a ratio and spray at low pressure for washing. Can I mix your cleaner at a concentrate level with water to do this? I know I'm going to need to do some calculations to get the final mix right.

No, the RAD cleaner is not able to be injected through a pressure washer.
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Hi, My electric PW has a tank that can take a cleaning solution that it will then mix at a ratio and spray at low pressure for washing. Can I mix your cleaner at a concentrate level with water to do this? I know I'm going to need to do some calculations to get the final mix right.
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Quoting Tom Michels:
Some of the cleaner got on my windows and will not wash off. How do I remove the spots left from the cleaner ?

Water and soap will remove any cleaner on the glass.
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Some of the cleaner got on my windows and will not wash off. How do I remove the spots left from the cleaner ?
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Quoting Tom Bjornsen:
How long after I've used the cleaner/brightener can I wait to stain my deck. Will it make much of a difference if I wait several weeks or even a month? As long as the deck still appears clean and free of stains?
Thanks in advance.
The Cleaner/Brightener has made an amazing difference! Great Product!
TjB

Best to stain within 2 weeks. Going to long and the wood may start to oxidize again.
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waiting to apply stain/sealer
How long after I've used the cleaner/brighte ner can I wait to stain my deck. Will it make much of a difference if I wait several weeks or even a month? As long as the deck still appears clean and free of stains?
Thanks in advance.
The Cleaner/Brighte ner has made an amazing difference! Great Product!
TjB
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Quoting Tom Fiander:
What is the shelf life of mixed cleaner and brightener?

The cleaner only lasts a few hours or less after mixing with water. The brightener lasts indefinitely once mixed.
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What is the shelf life of mixed cleaner and brightener?
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Quoting Tim N:
My deck looks amazing after using this Restore-a-deck, and I'm telling everyone who will listen about it. Very happy with the product and the results.

I live in a humid area, and I had some pretty significant mildew buildup and staining on parts of my deck (pressure treated pine).

I used the Restore-a-deck cleaner with a pressure washer followed by the brightener, which removed the surface mildew and some of the stains, but the deeper stains remained. Bleach is removing the deeper stains.

Still have the underside to do. Should I bleach first, then clean, wash, and brighten? Or should I clean, wash, brighten, and then bleach?

Bleach first.
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Mold/mildew stains
My deck looks amazing after using this Restore-a-deck, and I'm telling everyone who will listen about it. Very happy with the product and the results.

I live in a humid area, and I had some pretty significant mildew buildup and staining on parts of my deck (pressure treated pine).

I used the Restore-a-deck cleaner with a pressure washer followed by the brightener, which removed the surface mildew and some of the stains, but the deeper stains remained. Bleach is removing the deeper stains.

Still have the underside to do. Should I bleach first, then clean, wash, and brighten? Or should I clean, wash, brighten, and then bleach?
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Quoting Ddan:
If I use the cleaner and brightener, will it make any difference if it rains on the deck before I get to apply stain, provided I let it dry completely?

No, just let the wood dry.
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If I use the cleaner and brightener, will it make any difference if it rains on the deck before I get to apply stain, provided I let it dry completely?
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Quoting Kelly:
Thank you for your reply. The product that we are planning to use is Armstrong Clark semi. One other question, the pergola's main vertical 6" x 6" beams were installed last fall however over the winter (in Canada) they developed large cracks. What product do you recommend to fill those cracks, preventing further cracking and that the stain will adhere well to? I must add that the deck floor was built last fall but the sides and railing of the deck were completed a week ago.

2-3 months is the wait for the AC. Crack fillers will not work on outside wood nor will it stain to blend with the AC. Just leave alone as it is normal to have cracks in outside wood.
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RE: Restore A Deck Cleaner Instructions
Thank you for your reply. The product that we are planning to use is Armstrong Clark semi. One other question, the pergola's main vertical 6" x 6" beams were installed last fall however over the winter (in Canada) they developed large cracks. What product do you recommend to fill those cracks, preventing further cracking and that the stain will adhere well to? I must add that the deck floor was built last fall but the sides and railing of the deck were completed a week ago.
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Quoting Kelly:
We installed a new cedar deck and pergola one week ago. Can we use your 2 step restore-a-deck now, wait a few days and then stain or should we wait longer before cleaning, brightening and staining. I know that one must wait for approximately 1 year for treated wood but what is the recommended waiting time for cedar.

How long to wait depends on the stain brand you choose. Best to follow their directions. Most want at least a few months.
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RE: Restore A Deck Cleaner Instructions
We installed a new cedar deck and pergola one week ago. Can we use your 2 step restore-a-deck now, wait a few days and then stain or should we wait longer before cleaning, brightening and staining. I know that one must wait for approximately 1 year for treated wood but what is the recommended waiting time for cedar.
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Quoting fern609:
OK above on step 8, it says to rinse off the deck brightener after 10 minutes. Reading other questions and feedback, it has been said to NOT wash the brightener off. Please advise which is the correct way? Since I have been sanding, I am assuming that t takes the place of the stripper as I am removing a semi solid stain from last year's owners. Correct? Thanks!

In most cases you should rinse the brightener after 10-15 minutes. If you remove all of the stain with sanding, then you did not need the stripper.
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Contradictions? ?
OK above on step 8, it says to rinse off the deck brightener after 10 minutes. Reading other questions and feedback, it has been said to NOT wash the brightener off. Please advise which is the correct way? Since I have been sanding, I am assuming that t takes the place of the stripper as I am removing a semi solid stain from last year's owners. Correct? Thanks!
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Quoting Tom Sfura:
We had our deck stripped, cleaned and brightened last year and applied Armstrong Clark stain. It was in such bad shape last year, that AC folks recommended restraining this year. So a week and a half ago I cleaned and brightened. It has rained ever since. Can't get two days of warm dry weather And I'm now heading on vacation for over a week. It will likely be three weeks or more from original cleaning to staining weather permitting. Will this be a big problem.

More than likely you will have to do a light cleaning again.
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We had our deck stripped, cleaned and brightened last year and applied Armstrong Clark stain. It was in such bad shape last year, that AC folks recommended restraining this year. So a week and a half ago I cleaned and brightened. It has rained ever since. Can't get two days of warm dry weather And I'm now heading on vacation for over a week. It will likely be three weeks or more from original cleaning to staining weather permitting. Will this be a big problem.
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Quoting Tim0784:
After I mix it, how long is it still good or fresh or usable? What is the shelf life after mixing?

Being an oxygenated cleaner, it is best to use within an hour or two after mixing with water.
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How long is Restore-a-deck good after mixing
After I mix it, how long is it still good or fresh or usable? What is the shelf life after mixing?
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Quoting Sean:
My deck is pretty dirty and it has been awhile since I used your product and stained my deck. Do you recommend that I pressure wash the deck once before applying your cleaner or just go ahead and apply your cleaning product. I also have the brightener product as well.

Thanks, Sean

Apply cleaner, then pressure wash.
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Quoting thedeck:
I am cleaning a pergola built last year over new patio stones which have the sealer built into them. Is the cleaner safe for the stone or will it damage the sealer?

Thanks

The cleaner should not damage a concrete sealer.
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I am cleaning a pergola built last year over new patio stones which have the sealer built into them. Is the cleaner safe for the stone or will it damage the sealer?

Thanks
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Quoting Bob Kunkle:
I have a 30 year old pressure treated deck that has had several cleanings/stainings over its life. My plan is to clean & brighten with your products, then stain with waterborne semi-transparent stain (matching current color).

Is this workable, or am I moving toward disappointment?
If you are switching your stain brand, then you should remove the old coatings first.
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Pressure treated deck maintenance
I have a 30 year old pressure treated deck that has had several cleanings/stain ings over its life. My plan is to clean & brighten with your products, then stain with waterborne semi-transparen t stain (matching current color).

Is this workable, or am I moving toward disappointment?
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Quoting Don Maddox:
One yr ago did cleaner &brightener and pecan stain.Loved it.Just replaced the steps and some damaged boards.How do I get everything to be the same shade of stain?

It is nearly impossible to match new wood to older wood. The new wood is less absorbent so it will be a lighter color. To get it close will require that you strip and brighten the current stain. TWP also require that all new wood season for 4-12 months before applying a stain so you might want to wait and do all the wood in the Fall.
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One yr ago did cleaner &brightener and pecan stain.Loved it.Just replaced the steps and some damaged boards.How do I get everything to be the same shade of stain?
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Quoting Dustin:
We stained our deck last summer with an Armstrong-Clark semi-solid and finished the project in July. It looks amazing! We live in Indiana and the way our deck is positioned it is hit hard with the sun all day and though this winter hasn't been bad, we of course have had snow sitting on the deck from time to time. My question is, do we need to clean our deck this spring since we just finished staining in July? If so, what product do we use and how do we use it?
Thank you so much for your help!

If you have dirt on the deck then just clean with soapy water with some liquid dawn or similar. Our prepping products are more for deep cleaning or stripping.
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Deck maintenance
We stained our deck last summer with an Armstrong-Clark semi-solid and finished the project in July. It looks amazing! We live in Indiana and the way our deck is positioned it is hit hard with the sun all day and though this winter hasn't been bad, we of course have had snow sitting on the deck from time to time. My question is, do we need to clean our deck this spring since we just finished staining in July? If so, what product do we use and how do we use it?
Thank you so much for your help!
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Quoting Harry W. Evans:
I have a big deck(actually a pier and a dock) and am concerned I won't be able to clean it all in one day. I'll work in 200 sq foot sections. Any advise about overlapping or the best way to proceed? Please let me know of any tips that would be useful. Thank you

Cleaning in sections is fine but brighten all the wood at the same time when done. Rewet all wood prior to brightening, apply to all wood, rinse all after 15 minutes.
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I have a big deck(actually a pier and a dock) and am concerned I won't be able to clean it all in one day. I'll work in 200 sq foot sections. Any advise about overlapping or the best way to proceed? Please let me know of any tips that would be useful. Thank you
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Quoting Adam Singer:
We have a 4 month old cedar 'picture frame' fence that I will be staining in the next week or so. We share one section of the fence with a neighbor and it appears he used either a semi transparent or semi solid stain.
1) Will the deck stripper remove his stain and any tips to only remove the stain on our side of the 'picture frame' fence?
2) We have water stains from our sprinkler system, so should I use both the cleaner and brightener on the cedar fence?
3) If I strip, clean and brighten the fence on Thursday, would it be okay to stain the fence on Saturday?
4) Any differences in the process for a fence vs the directions for a deck?

Thanks!

1. Yes it will probably remove his stain. Not possible to prevent this when using a stripper.
2. Yes you need both cleaner and brightener but if water stains are very deep in the wood then they cannot come out.
3. Should be as long as it dries and it does not rain.
4. Same as a deck.
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New Cedar Fence
We have a 4 month old cedar 'picture frame' fence that I will be staining in the next week or so. We share one section of the fence with a neighbor and it appears he used either a semi transparent or semi solid stain.
1) Will the deck stripper remove his stain and any tips to only remove the stain on our side of the 'picture frame' fence?
2) We have water stains from our sprinkler system, so should I use both the cleaner and brightener on the cedar fence?
3) If I strip, clean and brighten the fence on Thursday, would it be okay to stain the fence on Saturday?
4) Any differences in the process for a fence vs the directions for a deck?

Thanks!
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Quoting David S:
I used the RAD cleaner and brightener a week and a half ago. Since that time, it's rained on and off for several days.

Should I re-apply the cleaner and brightener?

No need to clean and brighten again.
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Has too much time passed since I cleaned and brightened?
I used the RAD cleaner and brightener a week and a half ago. Since that time, it's rained on and off for several days.

Should I re-apply the cleaner and brightener?
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Quoting Matt P.:
I used the cleaner on my deck today, but did not apply the brightener. Is it still ok to apply the brightener tomorrow (after the deck has dried overnight)?
If not, please let me know what you recommend I do at this point...thanks!

Yes you can still apply the brightener.
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RE: Restore A Deck Cleaner Instructions
I used the cleaner on my deck today, but did not apply the brightener. Is it still ok to apply the brightener tomorrow (after the deck has dried overnight)?
If not, please let me know what you recommend I do at this point...thanks!
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RE: Restore A Deck Cleaner Instructions
Quoting Keith Clark:
Have a new pergola with walls that was built this spring, but being that it was a "weekend only" project, I have wood with varying degrees of greying. I want to use a clear stain to preserve the natural look of the cedar and your product was recommended. In reading the instructions, I see that the solutions are to remain on the wood for about 15 minutes.

How do you suggest using the product on vertical surfaces to obtain the best results?

Best to mix products in a pail then transfer solution into a pump sprayer and apply in sections of about 100-200 sq. feet at a time. Wait about 10-15 minutes then pressure wash off the cleaner. Repeat until finished with the cleaning. Apply the brightener to all wood then rinse that lightly after 15 minutes.
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Use on vertical surfaces
Have a new pergola with walls that was built this spring, but being that it was a "weekend only" project, I have wood with varying degrees of greying. I want to use a clear stain to preserve the natural look of the cedar and your product was recommended. In reading the instructions, I see that the solutions are to remain on the wood for about 15 minutes.

How do you suggest using the product on vertical surfaces to obtain the best results?
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RE: Restore A Deck Cleaner Instructions
Quoting Sam White:
Will a deck immediately begin to weather gray when finished cleaning and brightening if no stain is put on? Most of this deck is covered on a wrap around porch and is shaded.

It will start to oxidize but it will take a month or longer to start to visibly gray.
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RE: Restore A Deck Cleaner Instructions
Will a deck immediately begin to weather gray when finished cleaning and brightening if no stain is put on? Most of this deck is covered on a wrap around porch and is shaded.
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RE: Restore A Deck Cleaner Instructions
Quoting Sharon Carico:
WILL RAD CLEANER OR BRIGHTENER DAMAGE PORCELAIN TILE WITH EPOXY GROUT? PART OF OUR WOOD RAILING IS AROUND THIS TILE. I REALIZE WE WILL NEED TO RINSE IT OFF THE TILE.

It should not harm the tile or grout but it will clean them.
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RE: Restore A Deck Cleaner Instructions
WILL RAD CLEANER OR BRIGHTENER DAMAGE PORCELAIN TILE WITH EPOXY GROUT? PART OF OUR WOOD RAILING IS AROUND THIS TILE. I REALIZE WE WILL NEED TO RINSE IT OFF THE TILE.
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RE: Restore A Deck Cleaner Instructions
Quoting David McGlashan:
I used restore a deck stripper then the brightener on an old cedar deck with deteriorated stain. I used a vibrating deck sander to remove the fuzzy wood fibres the power washing created. Do I need to redo the prep using the deck cleaner and brighter.

No, just rinse the deck well with water and you should be okay to stain after it dries for a couple of days.
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RE: Restore A Deck Cleaner Instructions
I used restore a deck stripper then the brightener on an old cedar deck with deteriorated stain. I used a vibrating deck sander to remove the fuzzy wood fibres the power washing created. Do I need to redo the prep using the deck cleaner and brighter.
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RE: Restore A Deck Cleaner Instructions
Quoting CD:
I have a 1200 sq.ft pressured treated pine deck. The deck dried out for 5-6 months before using restore-a-deck, scrubbing, rinsing, applying whitener, and rinsing. I then waited 2 days for the deck wood to dry out before applying Armstrong Clark Stain. After 2 weeks and several rains I am seeing white residue on all the knots and imperfections in the wood. I followed all of the directions. The white residue only appears on the knots and on the horizontal surfaces. What can I do to remove the white spots and get the residue to stop? Please help.

If it is a white residue (and not the wood grain itself) then it is sap bleeding through the stain from the knots after the prep removed the oxidized wood cells. Unfortunately this is part of the wood and it will stop naturally in time. You cannot force it to stop.
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White Spots on Knots
I have a 1200 sq.ft pressured treated pine deck. The deck dried out for 5-6 months before using restore-a-deck, scrubbing, rinsing, applying whitener, and rinsing. I then waited 2 days for the deck wood to dry out before applying Armstrong Clark Stain. After 2 weeks and several rains I am seeing white residue on all the knots and imperfections in the wood. I followed all of the directions. The white residue only appears on the knots and on the horizontal surfaces. What can I do to remove the white spots and get the residue to stop? Please help.
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RE: Restore A Deck Cleaner Instructions
Quoting Virginia McCarthy:
I have been trying to clean my deck using your product. I have applied then scrubbed and waited 15 min, keeping area damp and then rinsing. After doing this twice and it is still not clean. How many times do I need to do this? I have a large deck (300sf) no power washer. What else can I try?

You may need to use a pressure washer. The cleaner removes dirt, grime, mold etc but it does not remove old deck stains. Do you have stain on the deck. Feel free to reply to your email with a picture. Thanks
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RE: Restore A Deck Cleaner Instructions
I have been trying to clean my deck using your product. I have applied then scrubbed and waited 15 min, keeping area damp and then rinsing. After doing this twice and it is still not clean. How many times do I need to do this? I have a large deck (300sf) no power washer. What else can I try?
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RE: Restore A Deck Cleaner Instructions
Quoting John Barnhard:
I have a new deck that is made of cedar and it is 3 months old.
It has an aluminum black railing on the deck will your product hurt the black paint on the aluminum or the aluminum?
How soon can I use your product on this new deck?
Do you have a deck brush I can oder with your product?

Hard to say on the ratings as all ratings are made differently. Best to test first and avoid the aluminum if possible. You can use the cleaner and brightener now.

Scrub Brush: restore-a-deck.com/.../...
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Home Owner
I have a new deck that is made of cedar and it is 3 months old.
It has an aluminum black railing on the deck will your product hurt the black paint on the aluminum or the aluminum?
How soon can I use your product on this new deck?
Do you have a deck brush I can oder with your product?
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RE: Restore A Deck Cleaner Instructions
Quoting Steve M:
Hello,

I saw the previous post below with a similar topic but the deck was 2 years old and untreated, mine is brand new...

I just finished installing my new tiger wood deck about 2 weeks ago and was prepping the surface for stain/uv oil with the 2-in-1 RAD system. It had just rained the night before and since the directions said to wet the deck first I applied the cleaner, scrubbed and throughly rinsed. About 20mins later I applied the brighter and throughly rinsed.

Now, it appears that the deck had a white film/hue to it, what do I do? Can I simply apply the UV stain or should I do something else first?

Thanks!

Did you pressure wash off the deck cleaner? You may not have removed all the wood fibers from the wood.
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White film on new Tigerwood deck
Hello,

I saw the previous post below with a similar topic but the deck was 2 years old and untreated, mine is brand new...

I just finished installing my new tiger wood deck about 2 weeks ago and was prepping the surface for stain/uv oil with the 2-in-1 RAD system. It had just rained the night before and since the directions said to wet the deck first I applied the cleaner, scrubbed and throughly rinsed. About 20mins later I applied the brighter and throughly rinsed.

Now, it appears that the deck had a white film/hue to it, what do I do? Can I simply apply the UV stain or should I do something else first?

Thanks!
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RE: Restore A Deck Cleaner Instructions
Quoting Allan:
How do I remove black circles on redwood caused by leaving a propane tank on the deck all year? Cleaner/brightener didn't work.

Nothing probably will as that stain is deep in the wood grain. It is most likely rust and if anything would work, it would be the brightener.
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permanent stains
How do I remove black circles on redwood caused by leaving a propane tank on the deck all year? Cleaner/brighte ner didn't work.
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RE: Restore A Deck Cleaner Instructions
Quoting Bill Graf:
My screen porch wall (siding) is stained but the floor and railings are not. Both have mold/mildew. Do I use the cleaner the same way on both surfaces? Do I need to use the brightener on the stained areas if they are not going to be restained?

Use the cleaner on all. Only brighten where unstained.
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Stained vs. unstained
My screen porch wall (siding) is stained but the floor and railings are not. Both have mold/mildew. Do I use the cleaner the same way on both surfaces? Do I need to use the brightener on the stained areas if they are not going to be restained?
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RE: Restore A Deck Cleaner Instructions
Quoting frank:
Used Restore kit on 6 month old pressure treated pine and a few days later some strips of wood turned slightly green. Why did some wood turn green and is it ok to apply stain over the green. PS: it was not green before restore kit

This is a result of your wood, not the cleaner or brightener. Not sure why but it is related to the wood. You can stain over it.
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RE: Restore A Deck Cleaner Instructions
Used Restore kit on 6 month old pressure treated pine and a few days later some strips of wood turned slightly green. Why did some wood turn green and is it ok to apply stain over the green. PS: it was not green before restore kit
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RE: Restore A Deck Cleaner Instructions
Quoting Gary B:
Will Restore-A-Deck Cleaner or Restore-A-Deck Brightener damage exterior iron or aluminum ballisters, or aluminum clad doors, or remove paint from siding?

Does not harm paint but you shuld take precautions around aluminum with the Brightener. Either pre wet and rinse right away if any brightener get on the aluminum or take precautions by covering.
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RE: Restore A Deck Cleaner Instructions
Will Restore-A-Deck Cleaner or Restore-A-Deck Brightener damage exterior iron or aluminum ballisters, or aluminum clad doors, or remove paint from siding?
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RE: Restore A Deck Cleaner Instructions
Quoting Jim T:
We have a composite wood deck that a contractor spilled tub re-glazing paint on several planks. Although he scrubbed it twice with his own cleaner, there is visible white staining still evident. Is your stripper the proper product to use in this situation, particularly with a composite wood deck?

Our composite wood deck is unusual in that it is NOT covered with an external plastic material, e.g., with a faux wood grain pattern. It is a smooth, flat wood product with very small plastic bits compressed into the material. (We inherited it with the house, and do not know the brand)

Would love any expert input feedback you have about using the stripper in addition to the cleaner and brightener. Thanks!

Sorry but our stripper does not remove paint and not sure if it will remove the haze left from the paint. Not sure what would work for this scenario.
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RE: Restore A Deck Cleaner Instructions
Quoting Sue Vermillion:
My husband mixed up some brightener a week ago to use on our deck and did not use it all up. I am now going to clean the porch. Can I use the brightener that was mixed a week ago?

Yes you can use the brightener after mixing a week ago. Only the cleaner would have gone bad.
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Brightener Question
My husband mixed up some brightener a week ago to use on our deck and did not use it all up. I am now going to clean the porch. Can I use the brightener that was mixed a week ago?
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composite deck stain
We have a composite wood deck that a contractor spilled tub re-glazing paint on several planks. Although he scrubbed it twice with his own cleaner, there is visible white staining still evident. Is your stripper the proper product to use in this situation, particularly with a composite wood deck?

Our composite wood deck is unusual in that it is NOT covered with an external plastic material, e.g., with a faux wood grain pattern. It is a smooth, flat wood product with very small plastic bits compressed into the material. (We inherited it with the house, and do not know the brand)

Would love any expert input feedback you have about using the stripper in addition to the cleaner and brightener. Thanks!
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RE: Restore A Deck Cleaner Instructions
Quoting Cheryl Morris:
My redwood decks front & rear are 10 yrs old, previously I put an opaque redwood paint on it & it pealed and was a mess so when that wouldn't come off I had it sandblasted which damaged the wood and really exposed the grain it was as mess so we sanded it a bit and then put on a deck sealer treatment which had darkened the wood and now it's ugly & discolored and not grey but not pretty redwood color. I have started sanding the back deck it and it does look like redwood color again. Should I sand the whole thing then use your cleaner & brightener on it afterwords? Please advise before I make things worse. Thanks

Use our Stripper and Brightener for the prep. It will remove the darkened stain without the need for heavy sanding.
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My redwood decks front & rear are 10 yrs old, previously I put an opaque redwood paint on it & it pealed and was a mess so when that wouldn't come off I had it sandblasted which damaged the wood and really exposed the grain it was as mess so we sanded it a bit and then put on a deck sealer treatment which had darkened the wood and now it's ugly & discolored and not grey but not pretty redwood color. I have started sanding the back deck it and it does look like redwood color again. Should I sand the whole thing then use your cleaner & brightener on it afterwords? Please advise before I make things worse. Thanks
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