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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    GailG · 05/27/2019
    Should cleaning and brightening be completed in the same day? Or can cleaning be done one day and brightening the next? If so, what the longest period you can wait between cleaning and brightening?
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    Kelly · 05/25/2019
    Hi! We have an old deck that was completely neglected. When we moved in last year, we stripped, cleaned and brightened using Defy. We added several new boards and did not stain to let the new boards age. This year, I used RAD cleaner, brighter and stain. We should have used a solid, but went with Light walnut. Stained yesterday and now many of the newer boards have grey film over them. Did we not get all the cleaner brightened off? How do we fix? It hasn’t cured completely yet. Sprinkled a little at 5am but no rain. Thanks!!
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      RAD Products · 05/26/2019
      Looks like you left some soap residue or the brightener in the wood? Did you rinse the brightener for 20 minutes after you were done? Looks like something is leeching out of the wood. Try a test spot of stain in an area where you have this issue and see if it darkens up the wood correctly.
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    Charleston SC · 05/21/2019
    Want to apply your product to a 6 month old PT deck... replaced a horrible dark brown deck from the previous owner and want the most natural look. Does your natural color have a yellow tone? Secondly, I have read you don’t recommend sanding, but some new wood has lettering on it from the manufacturer... shouldn’t this be sanded or what do you recommend? Thanks
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      RAD Products · 05/22/2019
      Natural is a golden tine but the final color will vary based on wood type and age. The ink stamps will have to be sanded off but you will then need to let those sanded spots weather for another couple of months before prepping and staining.
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    Frank · 05/10/2019
    I have a new cedar deck that I built last year and I finished laying the cedar deck boards in October of 2018 so they have been weathering since then.
    I’m starting to plan the stain so I will need to clean and brighten first. I have the RAD kit.
    After I apply the cleaner with the pump sprayer and wait the 15 minutes, should I scrub with a brush first and then use the pressure washer? Or can I skip the scrubbing and go right to the pressure washer?
    I will be using Sikkens cetol srd stain..
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      RAD Products · 05/10/2019
      No need to scrub, just pressure wash.
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        Frank · 05/10/2019
        Great thanks!
        will the cleaner and Brightener be an issue for the surrounding guard rails and posts which are already stained? It won’t remove or fade that stain will it? Any issue with it coming into contact with the black metal balusters?
        How close should the pressure washer nozzle be from the surface? Should I run approx 1500psi?
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    Rick · 05/09/2019
    Hi there I have a pool that has an ipe deck surrounding it. Are the cleaner and brightner safe to use around the pool? Also do you need to scrub and power wash or can you just power wash the deck? Thanks
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      RAD Products · 05/09/2019
      Try not to get the prep products in the pool. if you do, worse case is you will have to clean all the dirt and grime from the pool and balance the pH of the pool.

      Apply and pressure wash is what most do.
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    Al Sorenson · 04/25/2019
    I stained my deck last year with TWP. I cleaned and brightened first of course. The stain has faded a bit and worn away in spots. I am certain I put the stain on to thin last year. Do I need to strip off last years stain or can I just clean and brighten and then apply a new couple of coats?
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    Cathy Kamm · 04/25/2019
    Is a garden sprayer appropriate for the cleaner, stripper and brightener applucations?
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      RAD Products · 04/25/2019
      Yes but do not mix in the sprayer. Mix in a bucket first and then transfer to the sprayer.
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    Mel · 04/22/2019
    I stained my cedar deck last year with TWP 1500. Prior to staining I sanded the cedar to new. I used a recommended solution from TWP of 3 oz bleach 3 oz dish soap to one gallon of water. To remove mildew and service mold. The solution worked but lightened up areas that I used a brush on. Can I now put a coat on the light areas? Mel
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      RAD Products · 04/23/2019
      You cannot spot apply the TWP and have it blend.
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    Mike T · 04/18/2019
    Here is a picture of redwood atop the gloss white painted frame
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    Mike T · 04/18/2019
    I am going to be cleaning and brightening a redwood deck, half new and half old wood. But the decking is on top of a painted frame. Will the cleaner or brightened affect the paint 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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      RAD Products · 09/16/2018
      No but it may clean the vinyl if it is dirty.
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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?