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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    John west · 10/13/2018
    You say it’s good to use a pressure washer. But I can’t find instructions with exact details. Specifically, My pressure washer has an intake where cleaner can feed directly into the spray. Is this what we should do? Is there a different ratio or water to powder to use when doing this? Thx.
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      RAD Products · 10/14/2018
      The RAD Cleaner cannot be injected through a pressure washer. You will need to apply with a pump sprayer and then pressure wash off.
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    Ken · 10/07/2018
    After cleaning and brightening my cedar deck with Restore-A-Deck, which by the way looks like new and smells like cedar again, I noticed two quarter size spots that are sticky and maybe adhesive. What would you recommend to get rid of them? Could I use a product like Oops? Thanks for your help!
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      Deborah · 10/08/2018
      Ken, did you use the Brightener after the cleaner as well?
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        Ken · 10/09/2018
        Yes, I did. You have to use both, as I understand, as the brightener neutralizes the cleaner.
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      RAD Products · 10/07/2018
      Picture, please.
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          RAD Products · 10/07/2018
          No idea what that is. Try to hand sand it off.
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            Ken · 10/09/2018
            I have two more questions. First, I cleaned and brightened my deck three days ago and it has rained almost continuously since then. My deck is enclosed so no rain has gotten on it, however, it is very humid. Is it ok to stain it with TWP or should I wait for the humidity to drop? Secondly, how long after I stain my deck with TWP does the temperature need to be above 45 degrees? Thanks again for all your help!!!
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              RAD Products · 10/09/2018
              Humidity is not an issue. Stay above the 45 for at least 24 hours.
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            Ken · 10/09/2018
            Hand sanding worked!
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    John · 09/20/2018
    I was going to use the RAD cleaner and brightener on exterior wood beams above large picture windows. Instructions say do not let dry on glass or metal - will RAD damage glass? Worried now about using product. thanks
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      RAD Products · 09/21/2018
      If you rinse well right away you should be okay. Letting it dry can create an issue with cleanup and or discoloration.
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    C Smith · 09/19/2018
    After a contractor applied 1 RAD kit to my deck there is still significant gray/silver fuzz that needs to be removed. Can another kit be applied back to back to remove the remaining gray/silver fuzz from the wood?
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      RAD Products · 09/19/2018
      Yes, you can go over this again with the kit to remove the rest of the gray.
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        C Smith · 09/19/2018
        My deck is less than 1000 sqft. should 1 application have done it? They didn't use a power washer, just brushes.
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          RAD Products · 09/19/2018
          You will need a pressure washer and the coverage averages to about 750 per kit but can vary between 600-1000.
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    Gail S · 09/18/2018
    Hello, we are prepping a cedar deck that previously had TWP 1515. We used the stripper, then brightener on a weather-protected area under the porch because the previous stain was very thick. The stain was removed pretty well, but there are 2 boards that are significantly darker (see photos). They had a lighter color when they were dry yesterday, but today it is raining and I am concerned that the color when wet simulates the color we will see after we re-stain with TWP 1515. Do you know the reason why the boards are darker? Is there anything we can do to lighten them? Thanks.
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      RAD Products · 09/18/2018
      Hello,

      it looks like you missed the spot with the brightener. Try to brighten all the wood again but really saturate the brightener well in the one area. Let it dry into the wood without rinsing.
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        Gail S · 09/18/2018
        Thanks, for the quick response. Can I just apply the brightener solution with a rag or a paint brush or roller, instead of a sprayer?
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          RAD Products · 09/18/2018
          No, it needs to be sprayed. Use a pump sprayer.
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    C brown · 09/15/2018
    On not in
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    C Brown · 09/15/2018
    What if you splash this cleaner or brightener in vinyl siding? Does it stain this siding?
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    Vickie BAILEY · 09/11/2018
    I used restore 1o times I have some algae. What should use to clean? Can use Jomax mildew cleaner?
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      RAD Products · 09/11/2018
      I am not understanding your issue. Can you post a picture?
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    Kelly · 09/08/2018
    What should my deck look like after cleaning and brightening? What if there are some white parts (like chalk)?
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      RAD Products · 09/09/2018
      Please post a picture. It might be oxidation of the wood cells that might not have been fully removed. Does it show when wet with water or just when wood is dry?
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        Kelly · 09/09/2018
        Just when the wood is dry. Reading more, I think these are wood fuzzies and we will need to buff.
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          RAD Products · 09/10/2018
          It will not show when stained if it does not show when wet.
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    Michael · 09/08/2018
    how soon after rain can I use restore-a-deck cleaner
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    Robert Moore · 09/07/2018
    Planning on using you system this fall to clean my deck. Was told pressure washing would damage wood but noticed you said a PW could be used. Although much more work, is it better to scrub by hand to avoid tearing up wood surface? Also, when misting to keep deck wet during wait period, should the solution or plain water be used?
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      RAD Products · 09/07/2018
      No issues with pressure washing as long as you use it with the prep products. the prep products allow you to "back off" on the pressure so you do not damage the wood.

      Mist with plain water.
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    Laura · 09/03/2018
    The instructions above say to wait 1-2 days before applying stain ? I thought the system allowed for it all to be done in one day?
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      RAD Products · 09/03/2018
      If using the RAD Wood stain you can do it the same day. If using a different brand of stain, you will need a couple days of drying.
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    Gary Jannarone · 09/02/2018
    I used RAD 3-step process this year. i want to stain again next y ear. Should I use the cleaner or the stripper?
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    Deborah Parker · 08/15/2018
    What is the wood brightener for?
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      RAD Products · 08/15/2018
      Neutralizes the deck cleaner leaving the wood at a natural pH balance of 7 and brightens the wood.
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    Vickie · 08/11/2018
    So we just stained our deck with the TWP. Do we need to strip this in 2 years and reapply or clean brighten and restain?
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      RAD Products · 08/11/2018
      Clean and brighten for the reapplication prep.
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    Thad · 08/09/2018
    Cleaner not dissolving. I am using the 1 cup to 1 gallon of cleaner, making about 2 gallons per batch. At least half the cleaner not dissolving and plugging up pump sprayer. Poured into separate tub and mixing by hand, but still cannot get it to dissolve. Went ahead and cleaned with what did dissolve and brushed like crazy, and then used brighter, but something left white residue on boards that does not wash off. Any thoughts on how to correct or how much mixing/time is needed to dissolve granules?
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      RAD Products · 08/09/2018
      When mixing the cleaner it is best to mix in a separate bucket first and not directly in the sprayer. It never 100% dissolves so mix first and then pour into the sprayer making sure that last inch or two of water with the undissolved powder does not get into the sprayer. About 90% or more dissolves properly.
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    Joanie · 08/02/2018
    We have used RAD cleaner & brightener on our 2-3 year old, never before stained redwood walkway. There is an area by the door that has been covered with a doormat that has protected the wood, you can see the semi-circle where it has not faded from the sun. Suggestions on evening that out before we apply AC semi-solid Sierra stain? Also, a few boards have a small amount of furring, not sure if from the pressure washer. If we spot sand those areas do we need to do more than a quick rinse?
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      RAD Products · 08/03/2018
      Sorry, but it will not be possible to "even" out where the rug was and have it match the rest of the wood. If you need to sand a few areas, lightly sand by hand and not a power tool. Spot sanding with a power tool could result in uneven application of the stain.

      Rinse all with water when done.
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    Ros · 07/30/2018
    Okay, it's been over 24 hours since yesterday and since I haven't heard back from you either here or on telephone messages. so we redid some sections holding the pressure washer about 6 inches from the wood. It's working better, now I have a question about brightener. In one post you tell someone to use it and then leave the brightener on. On the package it says to rinse it off after 10 minutes. Which is correct? Also, can I wait and do the brighten, say 24 hours after cleaning since I'm doing the back of a panel and it will get oversprayed with cleaner? I kinda of need to know now... Thanks!
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      RAD Products · 07/31/2018
      I am sorry but we did not see this messages yesterday.

      The main issue is you have a lot of oxidation of the wood to remove and you were not using enough pressure for the first time. Glad it is working better for your after the second pass.

      As for the brightener. Typically we suggest that you brighten right away to reduce the chance of fuzzies but if you have to keep cleaning the next day, just brighten all when done.
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    Ros · 07/29/2018
    I'm a little discouraged. My husband and I spent about 4 hours doing cleaning/brightening yesterday on 11 month old new cedar. We were only able to complete two 6'x6' areas (vertical panels consisting of solid planks with 2 ft. of privacy fence above). We scrubbed with deck brushes and used a 1600 psi pressure washer with the fan-style wand at the 12- 18" distance (most of the time.) We kept going back over it even after the pressure wash, you could scrape off a gummy goo with a fingernail. Since it was getting dark we did the brightener and hoped for the best. In the sun today, the wood is still covered with grey spots. Not sure what we did wrong but I assume we have to start over. Any tips or advice on what to do next, much appreciated. I still have a 16' x 15' deck and some stairs and railing and underskirting after I do the privacy panels. Thank!
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    KMc · 07/23/2018
    Would your CLEANER work on my Grandmothers old diningroom table and chairs to remove the old built-up grime? Or would you not recommend that?
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    Ellen · 06/21/2018
    My 2-year old deck looks wonderful and like new after applying the cleaner and brightener. Thank you for a great product! The one board I've replaced does not seem to absorb water even after scrubbing with cleaner and brightener. Should it be left unstained and for how long while I stain the rest of the deck tomorrow? Kindly advise and thank you in advance!!

    Ellen
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    Keith · 06/20/2018
    What happens if it starts to rain during the cleaning/brightening process? Will you have to start over or can you continue? Is it best to wait for a completely dry day?
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    Dayne · 06/11/2018
    Hello: cedar porch built/stained 6 years ago, no maintenance since in central MN. I want to clean up to remove graying and restain. Do I need to completely strip all the weathered stain off, then apply cleaner and brightener, or could I just clean and/or brighten before staining?
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      RAD Products · 06/11/2018
      Strip and brighten for the prep is correct way.
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    Dpraz · 06/10/2018
    I’ve cleaned and brightened. What would happen to my project if I don’t stain. I know it’s recommended, but what will happen if I don’t? Will my wood turn grey again this year? Next?
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    Chris Stehle · 06/08/2018
    pressure treated deck in good shape but algae is still visible, at least the color, after using Restor #1. Can I just go forward with the #2 then stain in two days or do I need to do more with the green tint?
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      RAD Products · 06/08/2018
      Go ahead and brighten the wood. Leave the brightener on and do not rinse. The "green" you are seeing is internal and the brightener should help as it dries into the wood.
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        Chris Stehle · 06/08/2018
        Great, thank you. Just to be clear, I spray on the brightener, no rinsing,
        then I can stain in 48 hrs. Correct?
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    telisa · 06/06/2018
    I have used Olympic cleaning it has bleach in it its had left my deck blotchy I was instructed not to use pressure washer, I just rinse with with water hose.what do I need to do
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      RAD Products · 06/06/2018
      Redo all with the RAD Cleaner/Brightener kits while using the pressure washer to fix this.
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        Jamie · 06/24/2018
        We also used Olympic and it left a white fuzzy residue all over our deck. The website says the only way to get it off is to sand it. We have a 1000 sq ft deck and dont have the time for that. Any suggestions? Such a waist of money. Thanks
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          RAD Products · 06/24/2018
          FYI, a cleaner or prep product is not the fault or cause of this. It is the heavy oxidation of the wood or needed stripping of the wood that creates the fuzzies. Best to lightly buff off this to fix with a sanding pad and buffer.
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    nancy · 06/05/2018
    new deck...pressure treated pine-untouched for 2 years...I have tried all kinds of cleaners, power washer, etc...Will this product really work? Taking off the black-and evening out the wood? I am so frustrated now-found your product and it seems wonderful...have put in a lot of labor so far-with very little effect.....
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      RAD Products · 06/05/2018
      It will definitely help to prep the top side but you did create an issue with the bleach-based cleaner on the floors that shows the splatter marks. It should even it out. For mildew on the bottom, it will clean it but it will be a messy job since you are washing below. You will need a pressure washer with the RAD prep products.
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        nancy · 06/05/2018
        thanks for such a prompt reply...I do have a pressure washer-and I really hope your product can help me...the product I used is sold by sherwin williams as '30 second painter's prep." I have wasted a lot of time and money so far...Hope your product works as I have seen in the reviews!
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    Dan · 06/05/2018
    What's the consequence of leaving the cleaner on for longer than 15 minutes? I might hire someone to do my pressure washing and I'm not sure we'll be coordinated enough for me to get cleaner down and do any necessary scrubbing and then someone else to pressure wash a given section within 15 minutes.
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      RAD Products · 06/05/2018
      It will dry if you wait too long. It only takes a few minutes to apply it with a pump sprayer.
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        Dan · 06/05/2018
        Thanks for the reply. Is there any reason I couldn't apply the cleaner, scrub, and rinse with a regular hose myself then have it pressure washed a few days later? Or is it imperative to have it pressure washed at the time I use the cleaner?
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          RAD Products · 06/05/2018
          You always use the cleaner with the pressure washing so the pressure washing does not damage the wood by just washing with water only.
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    Rory · 06/03/2018
    Hello, I am looking to stain my new cedar siding. The wood is about 5 months old, in southern California. I am planning to use your cleaner and brightener before applying the stain. Since this is vertical siding rather than a horizontal deck, do you still recommend the same application method of using a pump sprayer and power washer? Thanks.
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    Victoria · 06/01/2018
    My deck was stained one year ago, (not sure what product), and still looks good but would like to clean it. Can I just use your cleaner and not use the brighter?

    Thanks, Victoria
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      RAD Products · 06/02/2018
      Hello, our products are designed to prep for reapplication of the stain.