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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    Tara · 05/21/2018
    We are trying to bring back a very old and neglected deck. We pressure washed, then used a drum sander. We have small children and are trying to prevent splinters. We want to go over it with a palm sander with a finer grit. What grit would you use? Should we sand then clean and brighten (or vise versa)?
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      RAD Products · 05/22/2018
      60-80 at most with the grit. Clean and brighten after the sanding. This will help to stain to soak in better.
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    Peter Jacobson · 05/21/2018
    Hi, I cleaned and brightened a sanded, 20 year old pressure treated pine deck with RAD and finished it with one coat of Armstrong Clark oil based semi-transparent dark brown stain in 2017. It workred and looked great. After the winter snow pack, it now has significant green surface mildew/mold(?) on the shady end of the deck. I would like to be able to clean it without pulling the stain to give me one more year of this finish. I know that a through pressure washed RAD cleaning will pull the stain.

    1) Can you recommend a lighter dose of cleaner that should clean the green and leave the stain intact? And would I also use brightener (or is that just for pre-staining)? or,

    2) Do I have to bite the bullet and refinish the deck using RAD Stripper and Brightener, and restain with RAD Stain. If So, what color would you recomend, given the present appearance as a guide?

    Thank you for your help,
    Peter
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      RAD Products · 05/21/2018
      Try 2-3 oz of RAD Cleaner to one gallon of water. Apply and lightly rinse (not heavy wash) with a pressure washer after 10 minutes.
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    Steve · 04/18/2018
    We plan on stripping our deck and then waiting several weeks before staining. Can we wait to apply the brightener just before we stain, or does it need to be applied right after stripping.
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      RAD Products · 04/18/2018
      Hello, the brightener would need to go right on after the stripping. Wating several weeks is not the best idea. Always try to stain within 1-2 weeks after the prep.
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    bernie · 03/17/2018
    Because of weather delays, how long can I wait after using your product before I really should apply a sealer? Great product by the way.
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      RAD Products · 03/17/2018
      Wait 48 hours after prep for it to dry and stain within 2 weeks.
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    bernie · 03/17/2018
    After using your product I waited 24 hours before sealing. In hindsight I recalled that I forgot to rinse off the brightener after application. Will this have a deleterious effect on the sealer that was subsequently applied?
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    Greg · 02/18/2018
    I just used the restore-a-deck on my Teak Ski Platform for my boat. I kept the surface wet with new product, not just water, and even scrubbed it midway with a deck brush then reapplied fresh product. It continued to bubble. I then used the brightener. However, the platform still has a significant amount of gray areas on it. What did I do wrong? I know Teak is a hard wood. Do I need to use a power washer? I was hoping to avoid that if at all possible but maybe I need to do it.
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      RAD Products · 02/19/2018
      Hello,

      Most likely the use of a pressure washer while using the Step 1 will remove the gray. Teak wood is extremely dense/hard so it will require more pressure.
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    Mikey · 10/27/2017
    Hi... two questions... I used RAD cleaner and brightener on my cedar porch, then it was sunny for two days, then rained the next three... I'm going to stain with TWP 1500 but I'm trying to gauge my application window... the stain-can says to wait 48 hours after it rains before applying, but how long does the TWP 1500 have to sit BEFORE it can be exposed to more rain?

    Also, the can says to use a rag to absorb excess stain after the second coat, should I use a rag to absorb excess stain after the first coat also? Many thanks!
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      RAD Products · 10/27/2017
      1. About 12-24 hours after applying, before a rain.

      2. No. Only if needed after the first coat.
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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?