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The product you are about to order is not highly caustic and is biodegradable. Nonetheless, there are hazards in using any type of chemical, even household bleach. The main cleaning compound in Restore-A-Deck deck cleaner is sodium percarbonate, better known to most by a brand name called OxyClean™. In addition to the sodium percarbonate, there are other proprietary chemicals that assist in cleaning, killing mold growth and lightly removing existing finish.
The following are true of Restore-A-Deck Cleaner.
- It has a slightly caustic pH balance
- It is a mild stripper suitable for use when an existing deck finish has been on for over a year. If your finish is newer (water will still bead on it) please see the F.A.Q section
- Protective gear should be worn. This includes hand and eye protection. Long pants and a shirt with sleeves are added precautions.
- It is mildly irritating if left on the skin. Skin should be flushed and/or neutralized with water or lemon juice if skin contact is encountered. An eye wash is also recommended to have on hand.
- Some darkening of wood may occur if the cleaner is not followed and neutralized with Step-2 BRIGHTENER.
The following is true of Restore-A-Deck Brightener
- It has an acidic pH balance and is a blend of citric and oxalic acids.
- By itself, it can be used as a maintenance cleaner if wood is not going to be sealed.
- Protective gear should be worn.This includes hand and eye protection. Long pants and a shirt with sleeves are added precautions.
- It is irritating to some when breathed. The blend used in Restore-A-Deck Brightener is safer than straight oxalic acid and also less harsh to the wood.
Do not allow Restore-A-Deck Cleaner or Brightener to dry on plants, glass, siding or furniture.
Restore-A-Deck Cleaner contains NO sodium hypochlorite (bleach)
Deck surface may become slippery from melting mold or finish. Exercise caution when walking.
Will the cleaner and or brightener harm composite decking ?
They will not.
Will try Rad brightener n keep you posted. Can’t understand what caused black. Not there last time we stripped deck. Very frustrated. Will let u know if ur product helped. Cause for new internal?
Responding to your reply. I have stripped this deck before n didn’t have this issue. I’m in the painting business. After stripping we did brighten with Cabts brightener n powdered oxalic acid. Needless to say didn’t help. Not sure what you mean by internal. What do you think caused this? I’m stumped. I did order ur cleaner/brightener kit. Worth a try. Is ur brightener more than just oxalic acid? Power sanded n only lightens. Whatever caused this it is deeply embedded. Hopefully you can help.
The darkening is internal. Cleaners will not remove it. The only hope is to brighten again to see if that fixes it.
Stripped & brightened a mahogany deck. Finish is off but have a lot of black staining in grain. Mostly where deck finish had failed. Nothing is removing it. Will your cleaner n brightener do the trick? im hoping sodium percarbonate will lift/remove the problem?
That is internal. A cleaner would not help but if anything will, it would be the RAD brightener.
I am using the cleaner and brightener next to a pool. I have seen the answers in response to lakes. There will be runoff into the pool. Will this cause a problem with chlorine or any other chemicals in the pool? Thank you.
Just check your pool pH balance when done and if needed, adjust accordingly.
How long should I wait before pets can walk on it?
Is RAD cleaner and also the Brightener safe to use on docks (safe for marine life)?
As much as I tried to cover up the white vinyl siding on my house with plastic, I still managed to get a few splatters of the semi transparent stain on it. What would be the best way to clean it up? It’s been over a week. Thanks.
Try a water-based graffit remover cleaner like Goof Off.
Will the RAD kit damage pvc decking (Wolf Serenity)? I am treating a new cedar railing on a deck with new PVC decking. Do I need to cover the decking?
No, it should not harm the decking.
Thank you. I now have found iron marks (small like tiny flakes of pepper, but as if bleeding in the wood) on all of the new cedar. It has been 2 weeks since installation. Will the RAD kit work to remove the marks? Is it suggested I do this ASAP even though the cedar won’t be ready to stain for weeks to months from now? Thanks.
The brightener will remove the rust spots. You can do it later.
Are the Restore-A-Deck Stripper, Brightener and Water Based Stains safe on a dock over a lake?
Yes but try not to drip the stain into the water as it will look “messy”.
I have 2 containers of extra cleaner and brightener.. what is the best way to dispose of them? I don’t have much concrete or other things to use it on. thanks.
You can store them and use them again when you need to redo in 2-3 years. If you do not want to do that then check with your local government about disposing of chemicals. Many times they have a day or two a year for this.
I should have said these are both diluted up.. sorry-I’m thinking they don’t last that long when diluted up?
Sorry but no, they will not last that long when mixed with water.
How should we dispose of stripper and brightener that are mixed with water? Should we consider it a hazardous waste? Thanks.
Dispose of like you would a paint can. FYI, mixing the two actually cancels them out.
Our landscaper used Step 1 and Step 2 on our deck before staining. He rinsed out the leftover product and both buckets on our decomposed granite with stabilizer in it (no plants) and it formed some white crystals on top and looks wet all the time there now-won’t dry. I rinsed the area off but I’m sure it absorbed a bit into the DG. I’m concerned about baby/small kids playing on it now. Should I have any concern?
Hello,I plan to use RAD cleaner & brightener kit on my deck. Will either product damage/harm galvanized steel poles (like used for chain link fences)? Thanks!
No, they should not.
We had some RAD Cleaner and brightness end up on our glass door is there anyway to get it off now?
Try soapy water and a green scrubby to remove soap residue. Rinse well with water when done.
Is it necessary to protect painted wood siding adjacent to the deck that is being stripped and brightened?
It does not remove pain so you should be okay as long as you pre-wet and rinse any over spray right away,
Does the deck cleaner have any issues with vinyl posts or aluminum rails? Will it cause any damage and shoud the posts be covered? Thanks
It should be fine but always test spot first.
What is the proper way to dispose of unused stripper and brightener?
The same as you would with any paint container and what your local government suggests.
We have different requirements depending on the kind of paint. Are you suggesting that it can be treated as ordinary water based paint rather than hazardous waste despite the precautions for using it?
It is not a Hazardous material in a limited quantity like this. Dispose the same as you would latex paint.
My next door neighbor used restore a deck on his deck. He sprayed it off into my garden beds. Is the produce safe to eat or is it lost? What about the soil? Would it be safe to replant or should I abandon the beds and use the area for non edibles?
The products are eco-safe.
How much sodium percabonate is to be effective? Is there more in restore-a-deck product then in oxyclean powder for clothes? What is best to use after to treat the wood? Can I stain afterwards?
The RAD is a much different product than and Oxyclean for clothes. Not even close to the same performance and is designed to work on wood and outside as well. Prep and brighten with the RAD products and then you can stain with the RAD stains.
We used the restore a deck on Ipe last year and were very happy with the results. The temperature is forecasted to be 34 at night to a high of 50 during the day when we want to do the process again this year. Do we need to wait until it is warmer? If so, what is your recommendation?
You can apply it in the 50’s. Just make sure it has 2-4 hours of drying before night.
Can both the RAD cleaner & Brightener be used on a pier over a pond as well as your semi-transparent stain?
Will Restore-A-Deck Brightener damage stucco?
It should not.
Hi, I am thinking of ordering the semi transparent stain in cedar for my new pressure treated fence- its from Menards (AC2)- they recommend sealing right away instead of waiting for the usual few months of weathering. I believe the wood is kiln dried already… And its rough cut wood. Would this product work for me? Also, do I REALLY have to clean the fence, its a week old. Thank you!! Oh, do you sell this in Indiana near Lafayette or do I have to order online? Thank you!
If rough cut, you can do it right away. No need to clean if new and rough cut. Order online: https://www.restore-a-deck.com/restore-a-deck-wood-stain.html
I need to restore a second-story deck that has numerous plants growing beneath it. Will RAD overspray harm the plants?
Cover plants while doing the work and you should be fine. They are Eco Friendly but you do not want a bunch of dirt, grime or soap residue stuck to the plants.
when applying restore how long should I wait for my dog to go outside?
4-6 hours. Just make sure it is dry.
Will this work to remove rust-oleum restore. What if it gets on my fake grass or plants will it dis color or kill plants, I have 2 dogs as well ?
No stain stripper will remove the Rust-Oleum Restore. You will have to power sand to remove.
I have stained cedar shutters on a painted brick house. I also have stained cedar pillars where the base of them is a faux brick finish (some type of compressed foam composite). Is there any concern in using this product knowing it will make contact with those surfaces?
The prep products should not be an issue.
Does the RAD stripper or RAD brighter contain any Methylene Chloride?
No, it does not.
I may have screwed up a bit, I had some overspray from my cleaning/brightening that made contact with my siding… although diluted what would occur if it drys?
Should be fine as long as you rinse well.
One last question. You guys have been awesome by the way with the help to my questions. How long is the sealed stain good for and if the containers been opened how long?
Unopened, a few years. Opened is 12 months. It does need to be stored where it cannot freeze.
Does the product contain Methylene chloride?
I have a gazebo with metal posts mounted to my deck. Are there any precautions when using restore-a-deck around these painted metal posts?
Most likely there will not be issues but always do a test spot first to be certain.
I have a roof top deck in Boston that I am preparing for restoration. I would like to use your restore a deck step 1 and step 2 products. However, my roofing material is rubber, will the chemicals in products harm the rubber roof?
No, they will not.
Thank you Scott, that is good to know.