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 · 01/10/2017
    Anna Jane Belk:
    I want to remove green mold and algae from old unfinished wood decks. (Less than 150 square feet). One deck turned black after scrubbing with chlorox. I haven't attempted to clean the other. Your company recommended that I use step 1 and step 2 on both decks. Does the brightener really need to be applied with a pump sprayer? What about applying with a deck scrub brush? Since the decks are very small, I'm trying to keep costs down. Nevertheless, I want to do an excellent job. I want to be certain that all green and black algae and mold are removed. What equipment is required to do an excellent job while keeping costs low? Also, I'm not certain of what proportion of cleaner or brightener to water I should use or how much cleaner and brightener I should use to clean 150 sq ft of old unfinished deck. Can you please suggest a recipe? Thanks, Anna

    You would need about 1 gallon for 150 sq. feet. Mix at 8oz of powder to 1 gallon of water. You can apply the Step 2 Brightener with a mop, but much easier to apply with a pump sprayer. You would need a scrub brush for the Step 1 Cleaner if not using a pressure washer.
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    Anna Jane Belk · 01/08/2017
    I want to remove green mold and algae from old unfinished wood decks. (Less than 150 square feet). One deck turned black after scrubbing with chlorox. I haven't attempted to clean the other. Your company recommended that I use step 1 and step 2 on both decks. Does the brightener really need to be applied with a pump sprayer? What about applying with a deck scrub brush? Since the decks are very small, I'm trying to keep costs down. Nevertheless, I want to do an excellent job. I want to be certain that all green and black algae and mold are removed. What equipment is required to do an excellent job while keeping costs low? Also, I'm not certain of what proportion of cleaner or brightener to water I should use or how much cleaner and brightener I should use to clean 150 sq ft of old unfinished deck. Can you please suggest a recipe? Thanks, Anna
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    RAD Products · 11/06/2016
    Robert Messelheiser:
    Will Gemini restore a deck and brightner take the black paint off my steel rails? thanks

    It does not strip paint, unless the paint is already peeling.
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    Robert Messelheiser · 11/04/2016
    Will Gemini restore a deck and brightner take the black paint off my steel rails? thanks
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    RAD Products · 10/27/2016
    david tinsman:
    building a new dock out of new 2x6 cedar
    do i follow same instructions as for older wood
    i have already purchased your rad cleaner & brightener & armstrong clark 'amber'

    thanks
    dave tinsman
    davetinsman@gmail.com

    New would should weather for a few months and then prepped with the RAD Step 1 and Step 2 before applying the Amber.
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    david tinsman · 10/26/2016
    building a new dock out of new 2x6 cedar
    do i follow same instructions as for older wood
    i have already purchased your rad cleaner & brightener & armstrong clark 'amber'

    thanks
    dave tinsman
    davetinsman@gmail.com
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    RAD Products · 10/04/2016
    joe f:
    I applied RAD cleaner to my wood deck yesterday. However, I didn't realize that I was suppose to apply the RAD brightener while the deck was still wet from cleaning. Can I just rewet the deck and apply the RAD brightener after the rewetting or do I have to take any other steps?

    Yes you can rewet and apply.
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    joe f · 10/04/2016
    I applied RAD cleaner to my wood deck yesterday. However, I didn't realize that I was suppose to apply the RAD brightener while the deck was still wet from cleaning. Can I just rewet the deck and apply the RAD brightener after the rewetting or do I have to take any other steps?
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    RAD Products · 09/11/2016
    Julie Opp:
    I just completed this process on a new (2-week old) cedar deck. about 1/3 of the deck is very white, the rest is beautiful cedar. Can i just repeat the whitener step on the white areas to restore color?

    You may need to repeat the cleaner as well to remove all of the oxidized wood cells.
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    Julie Opp · 09/11/2016
    I just completed this process on a new (2-week old) cedar deck. about 1/3 of the deck is very white, the rest is beautiful cedar. Can i just repeat the whitener step on the white areas to restore color?
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    RAD Products · 09/05/2016
    Stuart McClean:
    I have just completed a new cedar deck with cedar hand railing and powder coated spindles.Will the deck cleaner (step 1) damage the paint on the metal spindles? Also the deck skirting is cedar boards should these vertical boards be cleaned in the same manner as the deck boards ? Thank you in advance.

    It should not damage the spindles but best to always test first. Treat the verticals the same as the horizontals.
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    Stuart McClean · 09/04/2016
    I have just completed a new cedar deck with cedar hand railing and powder coated spindles.Will the deck cleaner (step 1) damage the paint on the metal spindles? Also the deck skirting is cedar boards should these vertical boards be cleaned in the same manner as the deck boards ? Thank you in advance.
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    RAD Products · 08/27/2016
    Gloria:
    I applied One Time natural wood protector to my deck 4 years ago. Would you advise cleaning it with RAD and reapplying One time again. Or strip it a d restain it with another product? Other than being dirty, it appears to held up. How can I tell if reapplying is necessary

    the One Time has a tendency to darken in color. We would suggest stripping it to remove and brighten the wood. Switch to TWP.
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    Gloria · 08/26/2016
    I applied One Time natural wood protector to my deck 4 years ago. Would you advise cleaning it with RAD and reapplying One time again. Or strip it a d restain it with another product? Other than being dirty, it appears to held up. How can I tell if reapplying is necessary
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    RAD Products · 08/24/2016
    Larry Durbin:
    We had a covered porch built in Feb. Floor is composite, rails and posts are cedar, but ceiling is 4x8 sheets of a pine beadboard that does not seem to take dark stains very well. Will the brightener make a difference in how the stain will come out? In other words, does it act as a "conditioner" to help the wood accept the stain without a splotchy appearance?

    No it is not a conditioner. It brightens the wood and neutralizes the Step 1 Cleaner or Stain Stripper.
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    Larry Durbin · 08/24/2016
    We had a covered porch built in Feb. Floor is composite, rails and posts are cedar, but ceiling is 4x8 sheets of a pine beadboard that does not seem to take dark stains very well. Will the brightener make a difference in how the stain will come out? In other words, does it act as a "conditioner" to help the wood accept the stain without a splotchy appearance?
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    RAD Products · 08/15/2016
    Kelly:
    Hello,
    We have a new cedar deck that was built over 3 months ago and was entirely sanded with 80 grit. We used your restore-a-deck cleaner and brightener today. Applied cleaner with garden sprayer, allowed to sit for 15 minutes then removed with pressure washer at around 1200 PSI. Then when still wet we applied the brightener, let sit for 10 minutes then removed with garden hose sprayer. On the main deck's horizontal surface we have a film which seems to be a fine wood paste that clumps together when mildly rubbed with a finger almost as if the brightener removed a layer of wood in some areas!? Will this sweep away once dried or do we need to do something else prior to staining in a week or so. Please advise!
    Thank you!

    Those are wood fibers from oxidation that were not fully removed when you pressure washed. Nothing to do with the brightener. Re-clean and use a little more pressure to make sure that all the oxidized wood fibers are removed. Brighten again after.
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    Kelly · 08/14/2016
    Hello,
    We have a new cedar deck that was built over 3 months ago and was entirely sanded with 80 grit. We used your restore-a-deck cleaner and brightener today. Applied cleaner with garden sprayer, allowed to sit for 15 minutes then removed with pressure washer at around 1200 PSI. Then when still wet we applied the brightener, let sit for 10 minutes then removed with garden hose sprayer. On the main deck's horizontal surface we have a film which seems to be a fine wood paste that clumps together when mildly rubbed with a finger almost as if the brightener removed a layer of wood in some areas!? Will this sweep away once dried or do we need to do something else prior to staining in a week or so. Please advise!
    Thank you!
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    RAD Products · 08/02/2016
    David Vinch:
    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.

    No, the RAD cleaner is not able to be injected through a pressure washer.
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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?