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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    David Vinch · 08/02/2016
    Hi, My electric PW has a tank that can take a cleaning solution that it will then mix at a ratio and spray at low pressure for washing. Can I mix your cleaner at a concentrate level with water to do this? I know I'm going to need to do some calculations to get the final mix right.
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    RAD Products · 07/26/2016
    Tom Michels:
    Some of the cleaner got on my windows and will not wash off. How do I remove the spots left from the cleaner ?

    Water and soap will remove any cleaner on the glass.
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    Tom Michels · 07/26/2016
    Some of the cleaner got on my windows and will not wash off. How do I remove the spots left from the cleaner ?
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    RAD Products · 07/24/2016
    Tom Bjornsen:
    How long after I've used the cleaner/brightener can I wait to stain my deck. Will it make much of a difference if I wait several weeks or even a month? As long as the deck still appears clean and free of stains?
    Thanks in advance.
    The Cleaner/Brightener has made an amazing difference! Great Product!
    TjB

    Best to stain within 2 weeks. Going to long and the wood may start to oxidize again.
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    Tom Bjornsen · 07/23/2016
    How long after I've used the cleaner/brightener can I wait to stain my deck. Will it make much of a difference if I wait several weeks or even a month? As long as the deck still appears clean and free of stains?
    Thanks in advance.
    The Cleaner/Brightener has made an amazing difference! Great Product!
    TjB
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    RAD Products · 07/13/2016
    Tom Fiander:
    What is the shelf life of mixed cleaner and brightener?

    The cleaner only lasts a few hours or less after mixing with water. The brightener lasts indefinitely once mixed.
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    Tom Fiander · 07/13/2016
    What is the shelf life of mixed cleaner and brightener?
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    RAD Products · 06/13/2016
    Tim N:
    My deck looks amazing after using this Restore-a-deck, and I'm telling everyone who will listen about it. Very happy with the product and the results.

    I live in a humid area, and I had some pretty significant mildew buildup and staining on parts of my deck (pressure treated pine).

    I used the Restore-a-deck cleaner with a pressure washer followed by the brightener, which removed the surface mildew and some of the stains, but the deeper stains remained. Bleach is removing the deeper stains.

    Still have the underside to do. Should I bleach first, then clean, wash, and brighten? Or should I clean, wash, brighten, and then bleach?

    Bleach first.
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    Tim N · 06/13/2016
    My deck looks amazing after using this Restore-a-deck, and I'm telling everyone who will listen about it. Very happy with the product and the results.

    I live in a humid area, and I had some pretty significant mildew buildup and staining on parts of my deck (pressure treated pine).

    I used the Restore-a-deck cleaner with a pressure washer followed by the brightener, which removed the surface mildew and some of the stains, but the deeper stains remained. Bleach is removing the deeper stains.

    Still have the underside to do. Should I bleach first, then clean, wash, and brighten? Or should I clean, wash, brighten, and then bleach?
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    RAD Products · 06/13/2016
    Ddan:
    If I use the cleaner and brightener, will it make any difference if it rains on the deck before I get to apply stain, provided I let it dry completely?

    No, just let the wood dry.
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    Ddan · 06/12/2016
    If I use the cleaner and brightener, will it make any difference if it rains on the deck before I get to apply stain, provided I let it dry completely?
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    RAD Products · 06/07/2016
    Kelly:
    Thank you for your reply. The product that we are planning to use is Armstrong Clark semi. One other question, the pergola's main vertical 6" x 6" beams were installed last fall however over the winter (in Canada) they developed large cracks. What product do you recommend to fill those cracks, preventing further cracking and that the stain will adhere well to? I must add that the deck floor was built last fall but the sides and railing of the deck were completed a week ago.

    2-3 months is the wait for the AC. Crack fillers will not work on outside wood nor will it stain to blend with the AC. Just leave alone as it is normal to have cracks in outside wood.
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    Kelly · 06/07/2016
    Thank you for your reply. The product that we are planning to use is Armstrong Clark semi. One other question, the pergola's main vertical 6" x 6" beams were installed last fall however over the winter (in Canada) they developed large cracks. What product do you recommend to fill those cracks, preventing further cracking and that the stain will adhere well to? I must add that the deck floor was built last fall but the sides and railing of the deck were completed a week ago.
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    RAD Products · 06/07/2016
    Kelly:
    We installed a new cedar deck and pergola one week ago. Can we use your 2 step restore-a-deck now, wait a few days and then stain or should we wait longer before cleaning, brightening and staining. I know that one must wait for approximately 1 year for treated wood but what is the recommended waiting time for cedar.

    How long to wait depends on the stain brand you choose. Best to follow their directions. Most want at least a few months.
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    Kelly · 06/06/2016
    We installed a new cedar deck and pergola one week ago. Can we use your 2 step restore-a-deck now, wait a few days and then stain or should we wait longer before cleaning, brightening and staining. I know that one must wait for approximately 1 year for treated wood but what is the recommended waiting time for cedar.
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    RAD Products · 05/30/2016
    fern609:
    OK above on step 8, it says to rinse off the deck brightener after 10 minutes. Reading other questions and feedback, it has been said to NOT wash the brightener off. Please advise which is the correct way? Since I have been sanding, I am assuming that t takes the place of the stripper as I am removing a semi solid stain from last year's owners. Correct? Thanks!

    In most cases you should rinse the brightener after 10-15 minutes. If you remove all of the stain with sanding, then you did not need the stripper.
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    Juanita Fernandez · 05/29/2016
    OK above on step 8, it says to rinse off the deck brightener after 10 minutes. Reading other questions and feedback, it has been said to NOT wash the brightener off. Please advise which is the correct way? Since I have been sanding, I am assuming that t takes the place of the stripper as I am removing a semi solid stain from last year's owners. Correct? Thanks!
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    RAD Products · 05/24/2016
    Tom Sfura:
    We had our deck stripped, cleaned and brightened last year and applied Armstrong Clark stain. It was in such bad shape last year, that AC folks recommended restraining this year. So a week and a half ago I cleaned and brightened. It has rained ever since. Can't get two days of warm dry weather And I'm now heading on vacation for over a week. It will likely be three weeks or more from original cleaning to staining weather permitting. Will this be a big problem.

    More than likely you will have to do a light cleaning again.
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    Tom Sfura · 05/24/2016
    We had our deck stripped, cleaned and brightened last year and applied Armstrong Clark stain. It was in such bad shape last year, that AC folks recommended restraining this year. So a week and a half ago I cleaned and brightened. It has rained ever since. Can't get two days of warm dry weather And I'm now heading on vacation for over a week. It will likely be three weeks or more from original cleaning to staining weather permitting. Will this be a big problem.
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    RAD Products · 05/20/2016
    Tim0784:
    After I mix it, how long is it still good or fresh or usable? What is the shelf life after mixing?

    Being an oxygenated cleaner, it is best to use within an hour or two after mixing with water.
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    Tim0784 · 05/19/2016
    After I mix it, how long is it still good or fresh or usable? What is the shelf life after mixing?
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    RAD Products · 05/04/2016
    Sean:
    My deck is pretty dirty and it has been awhile since I used your product and stained my deck. Do you recommend that I pressure wash the deck once before applying your cleaner or just go ahead and apply your cleaning product. I also have the brightener product as well.

    Thanks, Sean

    Apply cleaner, then pressure wash.
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    RAD Products · 05/04/2016
    thedeck:
    I am cleaning a pergola built last year over new patio stones which have the sealer built into them. Is the cleaner safe for the stone or will it damage the sealer?

    Thanks

    The cleaner should not damage a concrete sealer.
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    mel · 05/04/2016
    I am cleaning a pergola built last year over new patio stones which have the sealer built into them. Is the cleaner safe for the stone or will it damage the sealer?

    Thanks
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    RAD Products · 04/30/2016
    Bob Kunkle:
    I have a 30 year old pressure treated deck that has had several cleanings/stainings over its life. My plan is to clean & brighten with your products, then stain with waterborne semi-transparent stain (matching current color).

    Is this workable, or am I moving toward disappointment?
    If you are switching your stain brand, then you should remove the old coatings first.
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    Bob Kunkle · 04/29/2016
    I have a 30 year old pressure treated deck that has had several cleanings/stainings over its life. My plan is to clean & brighten with your products, then stain with waterborne semi-transparent stain (matching current color).

    Is this workable, or am I moving toward disappointment?
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    RAD Products · 03/27/2016
    Don Maddox:
    One yr ago did cleaner &brightener and pecan stain.Loved it.Just replaced the steps and some damaged boards.How do I get everything to be the same shade of stain?

    It is nearly impossible to match new wood to older wood. The new wood is less absorbent so it will be a lighter color. To get it close will require that you strip and brighten the current stain. TWP also require that all new wood season for 4-12 months before applying a stain so you might want to wait and do all the wood in the Fall.
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    Don Maddox · 03/25/2016
    One yr ago did cleaner &brightener and pecan stain.Loved it.Just replaced the steps and some damaged boards.How do I get everything to be the same shade of stain?
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    RAD Products · 02/28/2016
    Dustin:
    We stained our deck last summer with an Armstrong-Clark semi-solid and finished the project in July. It looks amazing! We live in Indiana and the way our deck is positioned it is hit hard with the sun all day and though this winter hasn't been bad, we of course have had snow sitting on the deck from time to time. My question is, do we need to clean our deck this spring since we just finished staining in July? If so, what product do we use and how do we use it?
    Thank you so much for your help!

    If you have dirt on the deck then just clean with soapy water with some liquid dawn or similar. Our prepping products are more for deep cleaning or stripping.
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    Dustin · 02/28/2016
    We stained our deck last summer with an Armstrong-Clark semi-solid and finished the project in July. It looks amazing! We live in Indiana and the way our deck is positioned it is hit hard with the sun all day and though this winter hasn't been bad, we of course have had snow sitting on the deck from time to time. My question is, do we need to clean our deck this spring since we just finished staining in July? If so, what product do we use and how do we use it?
    Thank you so much for your help!