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 · 01/01/2016
    Harry W. Evans:
    I have a big deck(actually a pier and a dock) and am concerned I won't be able to clean it all in one day. I'll work in 200 sq foot sections. Any advise about overlapping or the best way to proceed? Please let me know of any tips that would be useful. Thank you

    Cleaning in sections is fine but brighten all the wood at the same time when done. Rewet all wood prior to brightening, apply to all wood, rinse all after 15 minutes.
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    Harry W. Evans · 12/29/2015
    I have a big deck(actually a pier and a dock) and am concerned I won't be able to clean it all in one day. I'll work in 200 sq foot sections. Any advise about overlapping or the best way to proceed? Please let me know of any tips that would be useful. Thank you
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    RAD Products · 10/28/2015
    Adam Singer:
    We have a 4 month old cedar 'picture frame' fence that I will be staining in the next week or so. We share one section of the fence with a neighbor and it appears he used either a semi transparent or semi solid stain.
    1) Will the deck stripper remove his stain and any tips to only remove the stain on our side of the 'picture frame' fence?
    2) We have water stains from our sprinkler system, so should I use both the cleaner and brightener on the cedar fence?
    3) If I strip, clean and brighten the fence on Thursday, would it be okay to stain the fence on Saturday?
    4) Any differences in the process for a fence vs the directions for a deck?

    Thanks!

    1. Yes it will probably remove his stain. Not possible to prevent this when using a stripper.
    2. Yes you need both cleaner and brightener but if water stains are very deep in the wood then they cannot come out.
    3. Should be as long as it dries and it does not rain.
    4. Same as a deck.
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    Adam Singer · 10/27/2015
    We have a 4 month old cedar 'picture frame' fence that I will be staining in the next week or so. We share one section of the fence with a neighbor and it appears he used either a semi transparent or semi solid stain.
    1) Will the deck stripper remove his stain and any tips to only remove the stain on our side of the 'picture frame' fence?
    2) We have water stains from our sprinkler system, so should I use both the cleaner and brightener on the cedar fence?
    3) If I strip, clean and brighten the fence on Thursday, would it be okay to stain the fence on Saturday?
    4) Any differences in the process for a fence vs the directions for a deck?

    Thanks!
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    RAD Products · 10/23/2015
    David S:
    I used the RAD cleaner and brightener a week and a half ago. Since that time, it's rained on and off for several days.

    Should I re-apply the cleaner and brightener?

    No need to clean and brighten again.
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    David S · 10/22/2015
    I used the RAD cleaner and brightener a week and a half ago. Since that time, it's rained on and off for several days.

    Should I re-apply the cleaner and brightener?
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    RAD Products · 10/15/2015
    Matt P.:
    I used the cleaner on my deck today, but did not apply the brightener. Is it still ok to apply the brightener tomorrow (after the deck has dried overnight)?
    If not, please let me know what you recommend I do at this point...thanks!

    Yes you can still apply the brightener.
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    Matt P. · 10/14/2015
    I used the cleaner on my deck today, but did not apply the brightener. Is it still ok to apply the brightener tomorrow (after the deck has dried overnight)?
    If not, please let me know what you recommend I do at this point...thanks!
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    RAD Products · 10/07/2015
    Keith Clark:
    Have a new pergola with walls that was built this spring, but being that it was a "weekend only" project, I have wood with varying degrees of greying. I want to use a clear stain to preserve the natural look of the cedar and your product was recommended. In reading the instructions, I see that the solutions are to remain on the wood for about 15 minutes.

    How do you suggest using the product on vertical surfaces to obtain the best results?

    Best to mix products in a pail then transfer solution into a pump sprayer and apply in sections of about 100-200 sq. feet at a time. Wait about 10-15 minutes then pressure wash off the cleaner. Repeat until finished with the cleaning. Apply the brightener to all wood then rinse that lightly after 15 minutes.
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    Keith Clark · 10/07/2015
    Have a new pergola with walls that was built this spring, but being that it was a "weekend only" project, I have wood with varying degrees of greying. I want to use a clear stain to preserve the natural look of the cedar and your product was recommended. In reading the instructions, I see that the solutions are to remain on the wood for about 15 minutes.

    How do you suggest using the product on vertical surfaces to obtain the best results?
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    RAD Products · 09/27/2015
    Sam White:
    Will a deck immediately begin to weather gray when finished cleaning and brightening if no stain is put on? Most of this deck is covered on a wrap around porch and is shaded.

    It will start to oxidize but it will take a month or longer to start to visibly gray.
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    Sam White · 09/26/2015
    Will a deck immediately begin to weather gray when finished cleaning and brightening if no stain is put on? Most of this deck is covered on a wrap around porch and is shaded.
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    RAD Products · 09/15/2015
    Sharon Carico:
    WILL RAD CLEANER OR BRIGHTENER DAMAGE PORCELAIN TILE WITH EPOXY GROUT? PART OF OUR WOOD RAILING IS AROUND THIS TILE. I REALIZE WE WILL NEED TO RINSE IT OFF THE TILE.

    It should not harm the tile or grout but it will clean them.
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    Sharon Carico · 09/14/2015
    WILL RAD CLEANER OR BRIGHTENER DAMAGE PORCELAIN TILE WITH EPOXY GROUT? PART OF OUR WOOD RAILING IS AROUND THIS TILE. I REALIZE WE WILL NEED TO RINSE IT OFF THE TILE.
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    RAD Products · 09/08/2015
    David McGlashan:
    I used restore a deck stripper then the brightener on an old cedar deck with deteriorated stain. I used a vibrating deck sander to remove the fuzzy wood fibres the power washing created. Do I need to redo the prep using the deck cleaner and brighter.

    No, just rinse the deck well with water and you should be okay to stain after it dries for a couple of days.
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    David McGlashan · 09/07/2015
    I used restore a deck stripper then the brightener on an old cedar deck with deteriorated stain. I used a vibrating deck sander to remove the fuzzy wood fibres the power washing created. Do I need to redo the prep using the deck cleaner and brighter.
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    RAD Products · 08/24/2015
    CD:
    I have a 1200 sq.ft pressured treated pine deck. The deck dried out for 5-6 months before using restore-a-deck, scrubbing, rinsing, applying whitener, and rinsing. I then waited 2 days for the deck wood to dry out before applying Armstrong Clark Stain. After 2 weeks and several rains I am seeing white residue on all the knots and imperfections in the wood. I followed all of the directions. The white residue only appears on the knots and on the horizontal surfaces. What can I do to remove the white spots and get the residue to stop? Please help.

    If it is a white residue (and not the wood grain itself) then it is sap bleeding through the stain from the knots after the prep removed the oxidized wood cells. Unfortunately this is part of the wood and it will stop naturally in time. You cannot force it to stop.
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    CD · 08/23/2015
    I have a 1200 sq.ft pressured treated pine deck. The deck dried out for 5-6 months before using restore-a-deck, scrubbing, rinsing, applying whitener, and rinsing. I then waited 2 days for the deck wood to dry out before applying Armstrong Clark Stain. After 2 weeks and several rains I am seeing white residue on all the knots and imperfections in the wood. I followed all of the directions. The white residue only appears on the knots and on the horizontal surfaces. What can I do to remove the white spots and get the residue to stop? Please help.
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    RAD Products · 08/12/2015
    Virginia McCarthy:
    I have been trying to clean my deck using your product. I have applied then scrubbed and waited 15 min, keeping area damp and then rinsing. After doing this twice and it is still not clean. How many times do I need to do this? I have a large deck (300sf) no power washer. What else can I try?

    You may need to use a pressure washer. The cleaner removes dirt, grime, mold etc but it does not remove old deck stains. Do you have stain on the deck. Feel free to reply to your email with a picture. Thanks
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    Virginia McCarthy · 08/11/2015
    I have been trying to clean my deck using your product. I have applied then scrubbed and waited 15 min, keeping area damp and then rinsing. After doing this twice and it is still not clean. How many times do I need to do this? I have a large deck (300sf) no power washer. What else can I try?
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    RAD Products · 07/23/2015
    John Barnhard:
    I have a new deck that is made of cedar and it is 3 months old.
    It has an aluminum black railing on the deck will your product hurt the black paint on the aluminum or the aluminum?
    How soon can I use your product on this new deck?
    Do you have a deck brush I can oder with your product?

    Hard to say on the ratings as all ratings are made differently. Best to test first and avoid the aluminum if possible. You can use the cleaner and brightener now.

    Scrub Brush: http://www.restore-a-deck.com/Brushes-Stain-Pads-Sprayers-and-Tools/Deck-Scrub-Brush/flypage.tpl.html
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    John Barnhard · 07/23/2015
    I have a new deck that is made of cedar and it is 3 months old.
    It has an aluminum black railing on the deck will your product hurt the black paint on the aluminum or the aluminum?
    How soon can I use your product on this new deck?
    Do you have a deck brush I can oder with your product?
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    RAD Products · 06/29/2015
    Steve M:
    Hello,

    I saw the previous post below with a similar topic but the deck was 2 years old and untreated, mine is brand new...

    I just finished installing my new tiger wood deck about 2 weeks ago and was prepping the surface for stain/uv oil with the 2-in-1 RAD system. It had just rained the night before and since the directions said to wet the deck first I applied the cleaner, scrubbed and throughly rinsed. About 20mins later I applied the brighter and throughly rinsed.

    Now, it appears that the deck had a white film/hue to it, what do I do? Can I simply apply the UV stain or should I do something else first?

    Thanks!

    Did you pressure wash off the deck cleaner? You may not have removed all the wood fibers from the wood.
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    Steve M · 06/29/2015
    Hello,

    I saw the previous post below with a similar topic but the deck was 2 years old and untreated, mine is brand new...

    I just finished installing my new tiger wood deck about 2 weeks ago and was prepping the surface for stain/uv oil with the 2-in-1 RAD system. It had just rained the night before and since the directions said to wet the deck first I applied the cleaner, scrubbed and throughly rinsed. About 20mins later I applied the brighter and throughly rinsed.

    Now, it appears that the deck had a white film/hue to it, what do I do? Can I simply apply the UV stain or should I do something else first?

    Thanks!
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    RAD Products · 06/28/2015
    Allan:
    How do I remove black circles on redwood caused by leaving a propane tank on the deck all year? Cleaner/brightener didn't work.

    Nothing probably will as that stain is deep in the wood grain. It is most likely rust and if anything would work, it would be the brightener.
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    Allan · 06/27/2015
    How do I remove black circles on redwood caused by leaving a propane tank on the deck all year? Cleaner/brightener didn't work.
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    RAD Products · 06/15/2015
    Bill Graf:
    My screen porch wall (siding) is stained but the floor and railings are not. Both have mold/mildew. Do I use the cleaner the same way on both surfaces? Do I need to use the brightener on the stained areas if they are not going to be restained?

    Use the cleaner on all. Only brighten where unstained.
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    Bill Graf · 06/14/2015
    My screen porch wall (siding) is stained but the floor and railings are not. Both have mold/mildew. Do I use the cleaner the same way on both surfaces? Do I need to use the brightener on the stained areas if they are not going to be restained?
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    RAD Products · 05/05/2015
    frank:
    Used Restore kit on 6 month old pressure treated pine and a few days later some strips of wood turned slightly green. Why did some wood turn green and is it ok to apply stain over the green. PS: it was not green before restore kit

    This is a result of your wood, not the cleaner or brightener. Not sure why but it is related to the wood. You can stain over it.
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    frank · 05/05/2015
    Used Restore kit on 6 month old pressure treated pine and a few days later some strips of wood turned slightly green. Why did some wood turn green and is it ok to apply stain over the green. PS: it was not green before restore kit