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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    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?
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    RAD Products · 05/18/2017
    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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    Jon Larson · 05/18/2017
    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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    RAD Products · 05/07/2017
    Chuck Davis"][quote name="TheSealerStore"][quote name="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.[/quote]
    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?[/quote]

    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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    Chuck Davis · 05/06/2017
    TheSealerStore"][quote name="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.[/quote]
    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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    RAD Products · 05/06/2017
    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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    Chuck Davis · 05/06/2017
    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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    RAD Products · 04/23/2017
    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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    Derek · 04/22/2017
    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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    RAD Products · 03/30/2017
    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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    John Lambert · 03/30/2017
    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?