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.

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    Dorothy Partin · 10/19/2017
    I used the Restore a Deck cleaner and then Brightener on cedar posts and wrap around boards. (I can't remember if the wrap around is cedar or pine.) Some of the cedar looks beautiful. Some of it turned a little white. The wrap around boards turned a lot white. What should I do?
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      RAD Products · 10/19/2017
      Did you apply and pressure wash off?

      You should be fine after you stain all the wood. It will look the same.
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    Shan · 09/30/2017
    Do I need to protect painted surfaces when using the brightener?
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    RAD Products · 09/25/2017
    Davefc9:
    Will RAD work on IPE ?

    Yes it will.
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    Davefc9 · 09/25/2017
    Will RAD work on IPE ?
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    RAD Products · 09/11/2017
    dford:
    Hi, this is a deck cleaning and brightening product but will it work just as well on house cedar siding shakes? If yes, any tips? I want to clean off the grey, then brighten it, then pick an outstanding clear stain. Thx, Dan

    Yes, it works on cedar siding as well. Apply the Step 1 and pressure wash off. Rinse and apply the Step 2 Brightener.
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    dford · 09/11/2017
    Hi, this is a deck cleaning and brightening product but will it work just as well on house cedar siding shakes? If yes, any tips? I want to clean off the grey, then brighten it, then pick an outstanding clear stain. Thx, Dan
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    RAD Products · 09/11/2017
    chaneyhd:
    Should hardware on gates, etc be covered when using RAD?

    Best to test first to see if there is a reaction. Most likely it will be fine.
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    David · 09/10/2017
    Should hardware on gates, etc be covered when using RAD?
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    RAD Products · 09/07/2017
    Alec Doede:
    I have a Cabot clear product on my deck currently. Very dissatisfied. Deck is cedar. My deck gets a lot of direct sun exposure, snow/ice, dog nails... a lot of abuse. The cabot is toast after 12 months. I'm going to take it off and put on Armstrong. A couple questions... 1. what is the difference between your stripper and cleaner? It appears I use only stripper then brightener... but I'm curious why there is a cleaner product too... why wouldn't someone always just use the stripper? Also... curious your input on Armstrong product if you can make any recommendations. I'm thinking I'll go as dense/dark as possible for longevity. Any input is appreciated. Thank you!

    Cleaner is for decks that are unstained, dirty, graying, and when recoating with the same brand of stain as before.
    2. Darker or more pigmented colors will offer longer UV protection.
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    Alec Doede · 09/06/2017
    I have a Cabot clear product on my deck currently. Very dissatisfied. Deck is cedar. My deck gets a lot of direct sun exposure, snow/ice, dog nails... a lot of abuse. The cabot is toast after 12 months. I'm going to take it off and put on Armstrong. A couple questions... 1. what is the difference between your stripper and cleaner? It appears I use only stripper then brightener... but I'm curious why there is a cleaner product too... why wouldn't someone always just use the stripper? Also... curious your input on Armstrong product if you can make any recommendations. I'm thinking I'll go as dense/dark as possible for longevity. Any input is appreciated. Thank you!
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    RAD Products · 08/29/2017
    Matt Stanton:
    Question - 30' x 14' cedar deck. Completely stripped and sanded (to get rid of Behr DeckOver), both horizontal and vertical services. Going to sand entire deck to 80 Grit. Will be using TWP 1500. Do you recommend using Cleaner & Brightener after sanding or just Brightener?

    Using both the cleaner and the brightener would be the best way to finalize the prep.
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    Matt Stanton · 08/29/2017
    Question - 30' x 14' cedar deck. Completely stripped and sanded (to get rid of Behr DeckOver), both horizontal and vertical services. Going to sand entire deck to 80 Grit. Will be using TWP 1500. Do you recommend using Cleaner & Brightener after sanding or just Brightener?
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    RAD Products · 08/15/2017
    John B:
    Will RAD work well on cedar toned pressure treated wood? I have waited approx 2 years to allow drying.

    Yes, it should.
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    RAD Products · 08/15/2017
    jade:
    I have used the restore-a-deck 2 step process to prepare my cedar deck for staining...however, there are some grey spots on about 1/3 of the deck boards. And then where the deck is under the eves the wood has no greying at all but still retain some fading stain (TWP1500) in the same color I will be retaining with...
    My question is:
    Is it ok to just sand the boards that have greying and not sand the boards that have no greying? And then redo the 2 step prep process again ?
    Thanks I appreciate your advise as I want this stain to last a few years again :-)

    It would be best to sand all. Spot sanding could lead to uneven application.
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    RAD Products · 07/17/2017
    Angusc:
    Must the #1 solution be used right away - or can I store the dissolved solution overnight for use next day.

    It should be used within a couple of hours of mixing for maximum effectiveness.
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    Angusc · 07/17/2017
    Must the #1 solution be used right away - or can I store the dissolved solution overnight for use next day.
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    RAD Products · 06/14/2017
    john mura:
    will the deck cleaner remove the markings on the wood from the manufacture

    Ink stamps? Sorry but the only way to remove those is to sand off.
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    john mura · 06/14/2017
    will the deck cleaner remove the markings on the wood from the manufacture
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    RAD Products · 06/12/2017
    marty daily:
    will restore a deck kit work WELL with silver gray mahogany deck discoloration -- wood is in great shape other than the sever silver gray ageing

    Yes. Apply the Step 1 and pressure wash off. Apply the Step 2 when done.
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    marty daily · 06/12/2017
    will restore a deck kit work WELL with silver gray mahogany deck discoloration -- wood is in great shape other than the sever silver gray ageing
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    rick_br · 06/08/2017
    thanks for answering my questions so promptly!
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    RAD Products · 06/07/2017
    rick_br:
    1. Prior to using cleaner, what is the best way to cover doors, windows? (duct tape and plastic or can I just pre-wet them?)

    2. Will the cleaner damage vinyl siding?

    3. My deck has a solid stain that is flaking in some areas. Do I need to scrape before using cleaner/powerwasher?

    1. Pre-wet and rinse well when done.
    2. No, but it may clean it.
    3. No need.
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    rick_br · 06/07/2017
    1. Prior to using cleaner, what is the best way to cover doors, windows? (duct tape and plastic or can I just pre-wet them?)

    2. Will the cleaner damage vinyl siding?

    3. My deck has a solid stain that is flaking in some areas. Do I need to scrape before using cleaner/powerwasher?
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    RAD Products · 05/29/2017
    Kyra:
    I used the RAD cleaner & brightener last summer on my new cedar deck & then stained it. It has a lot of algae on it from the winter( I live in the NW). I used the RAD cleaner today. I do not want to stain it again until at least next year. Do I need to use the brightener or is cleaning it enough? Is there another step?
    Thank you & it cleaned the algae right off!

    Just the cleaner is needed.
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    Kyra · 05/28/2017
    I used the RAD cleaner & brightener last summer on my new cedar deck & then stained it. It has a lot of algae on it from the winter( I live in the NW). I used the RAD cleaner today. I do not want to stain it again until at least next year. Do I need to use the brightener or is cleaning it enough? Is there another step?
    Thank you & it cleaned the algae right off!
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    RAD Products · 05/27/2017
    cam:
    Good morning, Is there any place to buy "Restore a deck & brightner in the Vancouver . B.C area. Thanks, I want to get at project asap. If not available out here, what is shipping time to Vancouver? Thx Cam

    Hello, no dealers in Canada. Shipping takes about 5-8 days.
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    cam · 05/26/2017
    Good morning, Is there any place to buy "Restore a deck & brightner in the Vancouver . B.C area. Thanks, I want to get at project asap. If not available out here, what is shipping time to Vancouver? Thx Cam
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    Joyce · 05/22/2017
    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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    RAD Products · 05/21/2017
    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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    Joyce · 05/21/2017
    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?