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Restore-A-Deck Cleaner System Review

Restore-A-Deck Cleaner Review

Restore-A-Deck Cleaner Kit

Restore-A-Deck Cleaner Kit

Restore-A-Deck is the only product on the market that offers both a Step 1 Deck Cleaner and a Step 2 Deck Brightener in the same kit. Restore-A-Deck comes in a powdered concentrated formula. Each 2 lb container makes 5 liquid gallons. Simply pour each into a five gallon container and add water to dissolve the powder concentrate.

Restore A Deck Cleaner and Brightener Scores (1-10)

Removal of Graying, Dirt, Grime: 9

– The Restore-A-Deck Step 1 Deck Cleaner did very well at removing general dirt and grime. The deep cleaning formula made it easy to break down the gray wood cells. All mold was removed as well. The Step 1 Deck Cleaner did not remove some rust stains from the furniture but the Step 2 Brightener did.

Cost Per Square Foot: 10

– The best on the market today. Cost to clean and brighten an average 600 square foot deck is less then $.07 a foot. Since Restore-A-Deck comes in a powder we liked that you only needed to mix as much as you needed. Very little waste.

Removal of Old Stain: N/A

– RAD products are designed to clean, not remove old deck stains. We would presume that they would remove a deck stain if the stain has deteriorated drastically.

Ease of Application: 8

– RAD does not come in a liquid. You need to measure 6 oz per gallon of water of mix the entire 2 lb. container into a 5 gallons of water. This product does apply easily with a garden pump sprayer. We needed to make sure to mix at the correct dosage otherwise the powder did not completely dissolve. Testing was done with both scrubbing and pressure washing. Both worked well. Step 2 brightener does not need to be scrubbed, just rinsed with water after 10 minutes.

Final Appearance of Cleaning: 9

– The IPE wood deck looked brand new after cleaning and drying for 2 days. We would have given this a score of 10 if it was not for a couple of minor water spots that did not come out. These spots looked to be from planter boxes.

Overall Score for Restore-A-Deck Cleaner: 9

– Restore-A-Deck makes a great and economical product for reviving your deck to like new condition. We really like that kits contained both the cleaner and brightener. This was easier then buying the products separately.

Product Information:

Manufacturer: Restore A Deck
Product Type: Powdered Concentrate. Kit contains Step 1 Deck Cleaner and Step 2 Deck Brightener
Available Sizes: 2 Pound Container Makes 5 Liquid Gallons
Application Temperature: 45-95 F
Coverage Per Gallon: 100-200 sq. ft
Application Tools: Scrub Brush, Pump Sprayer

Test Deck Stats:

Deck Wood Type: IPE Exotic Hardwood
Deck Square Footage: 500
Condition of Deck: Heavily grayed with mold/mildew. No previous stain
How Much Product Used:
RAD 300 Kit. Retails for $39.99

*All products tested and results are from our experience. We offer no guarantee of similar results. Take inconsideration that results may differ due to different wood types, exposure to UV radiation, and natural weathering.

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Average Ratings Score From Consumers Who Have Used Product 

4.63/5 (6)


231 responses to “Restore-A-Deck Cleaner System Review”

  1. Suzie says:

    I have a cedar deck I built last summer. It is now very faded. I just put some new steps on and can see the difference. Due to the rain that started and never really stopped between finishing the deck and now, I was never able to clean and seal the deck. I had originally thought to use a clear sealer. Will the Restore a Deck system return the wood to its original color where you can see the beautiful grains? If it doesn't, is there anything that does.

    • It will help to restore the color. Since it has been sitting a year it has also oxidized significantly. This oxidation needs to be removed. The RAD kit will help with this, but you may need to buff the wood as well after the prepping.

  2. Terry P says:

    Just used cleaner / brightener kit. 1st time user. Used on cedar deck prox 7 yrs old.
    I've used a lot of different cleaners over the years on treated and on cedar decks. This by far is the best I've ever used.
    My only regret is that I did not use the stripper. I didn't think I needed to since the deck I worked on has only had clear wood finishes used on it. That was a mistake. It took a lot more scrubbing and power washing to get clean. Next time I will get and use the stripper, do yourself a favor and spend the extra money for the stripper.

  3. Kevin King says:

    Quick question:

    I've stripped my fence with RAD Cleaner. However, I didn't apply the Brightener. Do I still need to do so? Just wet the fence and let it sit for 15-20 min and rinse off?


  4. Eddie says:

    Previously stained deck, stain is in good shape but needs another coat,,stained with seem transparent stain, can I use the rad kits to prep deck for staining

    • If you are staying with the same brand of stain, then you can use the kits for the prep. If you are switching brands, you should use the RAD Stain Stripper followed by the brightener for the prep.

  5. Sue says:

    Who carries this product, where can I buy it in Ontario?

  6. Carol says:

    i applied Pittsburgh semi transparent stain one half year after cedar deck was bulit peeling off, what do i do to fix it ( HELP )

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