Choosing the Best Deck Cleaner: Reviews and Recommendations 4.7/5 (263)

This post was updated on June 1, 2022

There are lots of deck cleaning solutions on the market, but which deck wash will work well without damaging your wood? We’ve done extensive research to find the best deck cleaners and put together a comparison of the positives and negatives of each type of cleaning product. However, if you’re still not sure which deck cleaner is best for you, our experts are here for you: Just post a comment or question below and we’ll reply as soon as we can.

How Wood Deck Cleaner Works

Bleach is Bad for Wood Decks

Exterior wood and deck cleaners are designed to clean and prep the wood prior to the application of wood stain. These cleaners come in many different concentrates with different ingredients. The main purpose of deck cleaners is to remove contaminants such as dirt, oxidation (graying), mold, algae, and, in some cases, deteriorated stain that has failed. However, deck cleaners are not designed to remove old stains; you would need a deck stain stripper for this. Deck cleaners are typically made up of caustic soaps that will aid in the scrubbing or pressure-washing of your wood during the prepping process. Most deck cleaners will raise the pH of the wood, so you’ll want to follow up by using an acidic deck brightener to balance it out, leaving the wood in a neutral state.

Types of Wood Deck Cleaners

Oxygenated Deck Cleaner

Oxygenated deck cleaners have really taken hold in the past 10 years. These cleaners contain the active ingredient sodium percarbonate. This is an EPA-registered ingredient for mold and mildew removal. Deck cleaners that contain this ingredient will also contain additional surfactants that will boost the overall effectiveness when cleaning exterior wood. These cleaners come in powdered concentrates that are mixed with water and then applied to the wood’s surface. They’re best applied with a garden pump sprayer and then scrubbed or lightly pressure-washed off.

  • Pros: Environmentally safe and effective cleaner; registered for mold removal by the EPA; very cost-effective; excellent at removing contaminants
  • Cons: Must be mixed with water to the desired concentration; only active for 30 minutes; may need warm water for the best results
  • Examples: Restore-A-Deck kits, Defy Wood Deck Cleaner, Gemini Restore Kit, EFC-38

Bleach-Based Deck Cleaner

Many of the older deck cleaners contained the active ingredient sodium hypochlorite, the main ingredient in bleach. These deck cleaners will “whiten” the wood, and they also contain surfactants that help to remove dirt and grime. Bleach-based cleaners have recently been found to damage the wood’s lignin, which helps bind together the cellular structure of the wood.

  • Pros: Premixed in liquid form; excellent mold and algae remover
  • Cons: May cause damage to the wood cells; average cleaner
  • Examples: Olympic deck cleaner, Clorox deck cleaners, Cabot wood cleaner

What Is the Best Cleaner for Wood Decks?

Our research has narrowed the field to four top deck cleaning solutions:

  • Restore-A-Deck cleaner and brightener kit
  • Gemini Restore cleaner kit
  • Defy Wood Cleaner
  • Woodrich EFC-38 wood cleaner

In general, we really like oxygenated deck cleaners: They do a great job, and they tend to be less expensive. Read our reviews to find the best deck cleaner to make your deck shine!

The Top-Rated Wood Deck Cleaners

1. Restore-A-Deck Cleaner and Brightener Kit

Restore-A-Deck Cleaner Kit ReviewRestore-A-Deck is the first manufacturer on the market to offer both a deck cleaner and a deck brightener in the same kit. Restore-A-Deck wood deck cleaner comes in a powdered concentrated formula. Each 2-pound container makes 5 liquid gallons. Simply pour each product into a 5-gallon container and add water to dissolve the powdered concentrate.

  • Manufacturer: Restore-A-Deck
  • Product Type: Powdered concentrate kit containing deck cleaner and deck brightener
  • Available Sizes: 2-pound container (makes 5 gallons)
  • Consumer Rating: 4.7/5 (49)
  • DeckStainHelp.com Rating: 9.0/10

2. Gemini Restore Cleaner Kit

Gemini Restore-A-Deck KitGemini’s Restore cleaner and brightener system is a powerful, “eco-friendly” two-part restoration system. It’s a 100% biodegradable concentrated powder formula that can prep wood surfaces for re-coating with a wood or deck stain and restores weathered gray wood to its natural color. Restore-A-Deck private-labels this for Gemini.

  • Where to Buy: Gemini Restore Cleaner Kit
  • Product Type: Powdered concentrate kit containing deck cleaner and deck brightener
  • Available Sizes: 2-pound container (makes 5 gallons)
  • Consumer Rating: 4.6/5 (10)
  • DeckStainHelp.com Rating: 9.0/10

3. Defy Wood Cleaner

Defy Wood Deck Cleaner ReviewDefy Wood Cleaner is a safe alternative to chlorine bleach-based cleaners. Defy Wood Cleaner is highly effective at removing general dirt, grime, and UV graying while restoring the wood’s natural color tones. It’s an environmentally safe, powdered, oxygen-based concentrate that makes 5 liquid gallons per container.

  • Where to Buy: Defy Wood Cleaner
  • Product Type: Powdered concentrate
  • Available Sizes: 2-pound container (makes 5 gallons)
  • Consumer Rating: 4.4/5 (5)
  • DeckStainHelp.com Rating: 8.5/10

4. Woodrich EFC-38 Wood Cleaner

EFC38 ReviewWoodrich EFC-38 wood cleaner was designed to clean and prep all exterior wood. EFC-38 is safe to use and makes an excellent tool for wood preparation prior to applying a wood coating.

  • Where to Buy: Online only
  • Product Type: Powdered deck cleaner concentrate
  • Available Sizes: 2-pound container (makes 5 gallons) or 10-pound container (makes 20 gallons)
  • Consumer Rating: 3.7/5 (4)
  • DeckStainHelp.com Rating: 7.0/10

Common Questions About Wood Deck Cleaner

Do Deck Cleaners Really Work?

Yes! It’s highly recommended to use a deck cleaning solution to quickly remove dirt and stains while prepping your wood deck for a new coat of deck stain or sealant. Deck cleaners prep your deck surface so it’s clean, undamaged, and in the best possible condition for your next step.

Should I Pressure-Wash or Use Deck Cleaner?

It’s actually a good idea to do both. You’ll definitely want to use a good deck cleaning solution, but you can also speed up the process by using a pressure washer to clean the solution off of the deck once it’s done working. Be sure to use low pressure, though: Keep it at 1,600 psi or less to avoid damaging the wood.

Is Deck Cleaner Better Than Bleach?

Yes: Bleach can do a decent job of cleaning off dirt, mold, and mildew, but it can cause long-term damage to the wood. A proper wood deck cleaner is a better option for homeowners looking to keep their wood deck healthy and clean before applying a new layer of stain or wood seal.

Does Deck Cleaner Remove Mold?

Oxygenated deck cleaners are great at removing mold and mildew that have formed on your wood deck when used in combination with a deck brush. You’ll have to scrub it into the wood a bit to make sure all of the mold has been removed before you move on to the next step, but deck wash can be quite effective in getting rid of mold without damaging the wood.

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Lou
Lou
7 days ago

I see here your reply to Jack, in particular, you rec. using TWP or Armstrong Clark stains, both seem to be oil based.
From what I’m reading in other places here and on other sites, oil based stains can harbor mold spores/growth due to the resin or linseed in the oil based stains.
So, is it best to use an oil or water based stain ?
Also, we’re dealing with replacing rotten wood on a back deck that apparently is caused by mold getting hold of it and spreading like a cancer, if you will.
What is the best way to “KILL” and prevent the mold on wood sections of this deck we choose not to replace ?
Clorox, vinegar, oxiclean, copper green or what ?
Have tried so many products and still have a problem, also see where Clorox is not good for the lignin of the wood but just trying to get this right, once and for all.
Totally frustrated with our very large PITA back deck that we have to keep replacing wood on.
The older part of the deck ( side vs back ) was made from lumber when arsenic was used in the treatment process, it faired better by a long shot ( no mold ) than the newer wood ( back deck) without arsenic.
However, am having to replace it also now …with the non arsenic wood …due to sun/heat damage over 21 years . Don’t want mold problems with it too going forward !

Lou
Lou
7 days ago

thank you so much!
So what about a good product to KILL mold spores?
Have tried everything I can think of; concrobium, white vinegar, oxiclean, rmr 141, and to small extent, clorox . ( now trying copper green due to the other products not working in this instance ) Also using Grace Vycor on the joist.

What would be the best way to proceed with the restore a deck products on new/old wood mingled on the deck flooring and railing components?
Is stripping, brightening, etc needed on the older wood we are keeping on the deck that has a water based stain on it ?
This is hard work, not to mention expensive !

Tom Scott
Tom Scott
21 days ago

Rich — I cleaned and brightened my redwood deck with Restore-A-Deck in early july. I have not stained it yet. Can I stain now, or should I re-brighten it?

Rich
Rich
3 months ago

Concerning deck cleaning, you recommend the oxygenated cleaners, and in the video you imply that the bleach-based cleaners change the pH of word. Therefore I’m wondering if when using the oxygenated cleaners, you would need to follow app with a brightener?

Rich
Rich
3 months ago

I dont know if people in general are aware that brightening is needed. At 50 I’m just learning about brightening. Most vids and Big Box store reps say clean and stain, and Home Depot has only a Teak brightener.

Mary Jo
Mary Jo
4 months ago

I used an acrylic deck stain which didn’t hold up well. A lot of the stain has pealed. I don’t want to use the same stain. What do you recommend to go over the top of the existing acrylic stain

Josh
Josh
5 months ago

Hello,

Is the Restore a Deck Cleaner OK to use if you only what to clean the deck and have no plans of re-staining this year?

Also, should a brightener be used after cleaning or is this only used when you have plans to re-stain?

I have a 2 year old cedar deck that I stained last year with Armstrong semi-transparent stain. Deck has got dirty/mildew over the winter and want to clean it up for this year.

Thanks for all your help!

Josh
Josh
5 months ago

What do you recommend for general cleaning of the deck if you are not re-staining/recoating?

Thanks.

Josh
Josh
5 months ago

Thank you for all of the help and information you provide!

James Stroup
James Stroup
11 months ago

I have a new pressure treated deck. About a year old. What is the best product to put on it. We would like to see the grain. Going to clean it with rock solid rustled deck cleaner.

JAG
JAG
1 year ago

Hi. I just finished prepping my deck with Restore-A-Deck 1 and 2. On Friday I will stain with TWP 100 (this will be the second time staining this deck. First one was two years ago.) My question is how should I get rid of bird poo dropped on the flat rail over these past 48 hours of drying. It’s not terrible, but present… Thank you

JAG
JAG
1 year ago

Okay! Thank you for the prompt reply!

Will
Will
1 year ago

How would you rate Thompson’s 3 and 1 wood cleaner for use on a new wood deck roughly 1.2 months old?

Jen
Jen
1 year ago

Earlier this season, I stained my new pressure treated deck with Cabot dark brown stain. However, over time, my dogs foot prints have left very definitive path marks in the areas of higher traffic. Like they’ve been absorbed into the stain. Thinking I need to wash the deck (looking for best product) but then thinking I need to sand and reapply another coat of stain to get rid of his prints. What about a sealant beyond that? Is there anything I can do that would protect the surface to point that any further paw print marks can just be rinsed away ?

Jen
Jen
1 year ago

Tell me A better stain that will not perform same way ?

Anja
Anja
1 year ago

Have you tried the Penofin cleaner and Brightner? Thoughts?

Melanie
Melanie
1 year ago

I used Armstrong Clark product to stain my older mahogany deck — looks great and seems to be very protective. This year the pollen was horrible. I can’t seem to rinse it off the deck (used a dark colored stain). Any suggestions of products to use with garden hose to clean off pollen?

Melanie
Melanie
1 year ago

Water is not removing pollen. Tried already. Dawn dishwashing soap or vinegar?

Lee
Lee
1 year ago

I plan to stain an old deck (that has never been stained) using Armstrong Clark semi-solid stain. I will be cleaning with a powerful pressure washer. Is it absolutely necessary to use both a cleaner and a brightener? Or could I get by with one product? If so which product would you recommend? I am trying to be frugal and am not shooting for perfection in the look of the wood. . I mostly want to protect and maximize the resistance to wear and tear and peeling, etc.

Anna carsen
Anna carsen
1 year ago

Hi – i have sanded a 4 year old mahogany deck almost back to its original state and am going to put a clear stain on it as i want to keep the color as natural to the mahogany wood as possible . I think i should also clean it before I stain but am worried the cleaners will ‘lighten’ or change the color of the wood. I know the oxygenated cleaners are better than the bleach based ones but will they change the color of the wood? What should i use to clean it before staining ? Thanks

Brad
Brad
1 year ago

I stained my new deck last August and would like to stain again this June. Should I wait longer, or is that length of time ok between stainings?

Nicki
Nicki
1 year ago

I have a pine deck that was built in 2019. It’s not been stained and has aged well. There are a couple of mildew stains and a little staining from red clay. What would be the best prep before staining? Best cleaner and tools. Thanks!

Lindsie Gribble
Lindsie Gribble
1 year ago

Can you get this at any local stores

JAL
JAL(@jal)
1 year ago

This is probably wrong place to ask — (I can’t figure out how to post a question on one of the forums, even though I click start topic.) So here goes: We have and old deck with a splinter hazard. We will be sanding it. If we sand it before we clean it aren’t we just driving any mold and spores into the wood? Or are we blowing them away, so to speak? I think you are recommending sanding it then cleaning it, then staining it. The appearance is not the primary factor here, as it is around a pool. I am just not clear on the correct order. We have stained in the past with TWP 100 semi-transparent cedar and have been quite happy, but want to minimize hazard of older wood by sanding this time. Thanks.

JAL
JAL
1 year ago

I was wondering about the sanding before.the cleaning. But I think we have settled on sanding then cleaning as you suggest. Thanks.

Kelly
Kelly
1 year ago

After cleaning my deck with Mold Armour I found this forum.
Deck looks good. Now should I use a proper wood cleaner, then a stripper to remove the loose solid stain then brighten?
I plan on using Defy after reading extensively here.

Kelly
Kelly
1 year ago

This is after mold Armour

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James Wallner
James Wallner
1 year ago

Need to clean and prep 20-yr old deck tot re-stain with solid color acrylic deck stain. 3-yr old coating is peeling in chunks — about half can easily be removed with scraper — other half has good adhesion. What cleaner is recommended?

Brett
Brett
1 year ago

Do you have any tips or tricks to get the RAD cleaner and brightener to dissolve better? I use a pump sprayer to apply and these products inevitably don’t dissolve completely, clogging the sprayer tip or hose. Should I try using warm water? Thanks for your help!

Mary
Mary
1 year ago

Can I apply the same technique of cleaning a deck to cleaning and restoring a wooden swing set structure also with climbing and covered wooden decking like a fort or tree house?

Joshua
Joshua
1 year ago

I purchased SuperDeck Cleaner and SuperDeck Brightener and will use on a new Redwood Deck which was installed 5 months ago.
Can I use the Cleaner and Brightener on the same day, or do I need to let the deck dry between these two steps?

Joshua
Joshua
1 year ago

Thanks! All taken care of yesterday, but got a follow up question.
After cleaning/brightening it was obvious where sap has leached out in some areas.
Going to use Armstrong Clark RedWood Tone in a couple days, and curious if before then could I scrap and sand these areas? Or would that actually unintentionally “seal” the wood by spreading the sap which would prevent the stain absorbing?
Thanks again for being such a great resource!

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Woodie
Woodie
1 year ago

Googling articles on wood cleaning, which I need to do on an area of wood lattice, it’s really concerning to see that the most common cleaner chemicals used , vinegar, bleach and oxyiclean, cause or aggravate rust …So using them could damage the fasteners which hold the lattice together!
Is there another choice of cleaning chemicals I could use to clean and save this lattice, that has not received any treatment for 3 years since built, and is now brown, turning black when wet?
If no other chemical is available, which of the 3 listed above, bleach, vinegar, and oxyiclean, would do the least damage?
I understand from other posts, that you usually just recommend one of your products, but in this case a closer look at what chemicals the products include is urgently needed , and how their impact would be on metal components would compare. If this inquiry is beyond the scope of your forum, please provide links to other sources that could enlighten this difficult issue. Thank you very much

Tim
Tim
2 years ago

We just had our decks stained a light gray color with Superdeck solid stain. Of course, now the leaves are falling and after the first rain the leaves have left stains on the newly stained deck boards. This is something we never considered when choosing the color of the stain. How can we safely remove the leaf stains without damaging the very expensive job? Is there anything we can do to prevent this in the future?

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Kathy
Kathy
2 years ago

What is the best product to prep my redwood clear heart deck boards prior to staining? I would prefer to use something less harsh than oxalic acid. I’ll be finishing with CutekExtreme protection oil.

DJS
DJS
2 years ago

My pergola was built in June 2020. Do I need to clean and brighten before staining with Armstrong Stain?

Nira
Nira
2 years ago

Which deck cleaner and brightener would you recommend for a new deck built March 2019, there’s no graying yet, no stain/seal applied as of yet.

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Jim Ratway
Jim Ratway
2 years ago

Hello, I have an Ipe deck that was constructed in the fall of 2018. I let the deck weather over the winter and in the summer of 2019 I used the RAD cleaner and brightener at full strength (1 cup/Gal) with a stiff brush and ended up with a blotchy looking surface and noticed that the surface was somewhat frayed. See first photo. I believe I used too high of strength of cleaner and did not rinse thoroughly in between steps. I went ahead and applied Ipe Oil after the deck had dried and the blotchy look (with patches of white) still remained. See photos two and three. I am now preparing to refinish the deck again this summer. See photo 4 of current condition. The blotchy look has somewhat dissipated due to weathering from snow/rain (I live in northern Illinois). What did I do wrong last year? What do you recommend I do this year? Do I use the RAD stripper, cleaner and brightener or just the cleaner and brightener? I was planning to use less than full strength cleaner/brightener and make sure I rinse more thoroughly this time. I like the Ipe Oil and plan to use it again. Thanks!

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Jim Ratway
Jim Ratway
2 years ago

OK thanks for your help! Do I need to use the cleaner in between the stripper and brightener or just the stripper and brightener? I am planning on using the Restore A Deck products.

Nephreteri
Nephreteri
2 years ago
Reply to  Jim Ratway

Stay away from deck restore I have had an entire deck ruined. It peels within a year and hold moisture underneath causing it to bubble and rot the wood. Google deck restore litigation. Good luck.

Louise Vetter
Louise Vetter
2 years ago

Our deck is 24 years old and we restain about every 2 yrs. with Armstrong semi-transparent stain. Now it has been 3 yrs since it was cleaned (my bad) and the deck surface turns white tennis shoes BLACK on the bottom of the shoe. It is past time to clean deck and I will do so using Restore A Deck Stripper/ Brightener. Is it advisable to stay with the Armstrong product or would better results come with using the TWP 1500? We are disappointed that the stain only seems to last barely two years. I have about 850 Sq. ft. of redwood decking plus posts and handrail. Help!!!

Louise Vetter
Louise Vetter
2 years ago

Thank you for the reply. Perhaps the last time it was cleaned we used a Lowes product, so this time I will be sure to use your recommended cleaning product. I’m waiting to have an app’t with a local painter who also uses AC as a stain. I will let you know how the deck turns out.

Betty Blaskowski
Betty Blaskowski
2 years ago

I have purchased Pittsburgh Ultra Deck Cleaner. It isn’t removing the previous stain spots and is leaving a white chalky type film on the wood spindles and top railing which is as much as I have done. Keep going back and rinsing again. What is going on. I don’t remember having this kind of trouble before. The deck is cedar wood. Also it is not removing dark spots very well. Please help.

Betty
Betty
2 years ago

What do I do about the white film on the wood. Can I just seal over it and it will go away.

Averi Schaubman
Averi Schaubman
2 years ago

I have a cedar deck that is one year old. I cleaned & treated with Messmer’s uv plus semi-transparent oil-based natural cedar. I am planning on restaining in the next couple of weeks and have a question about prep. I will use the same stain again as we want the natural grain to show. There are no stains and when I touch the decking, you can feel the wood – only a few glossy spots. Mostly it has fading from sun – i live in the mountains in CO. I know we need the stain to penetrate the wood so wondering if cleaning it with an oxi cleaner and then restaining is adequate? I don’t understand what brighteners do and don’t feel it’s necessary. Is cleaning all I need to do for prep and will this be a necessary step every time I stain? Thanks.

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Mark Richert
Mark Richert
2 years ago

Will outdoor wood cleaners, like Thompson’s 3 in 1 Wood Cleaner, or Oxy Foaming Action Exterior Multi-Surface Cleaner damage a lawn? I am looking at cleaning (and sealing) a used outdoor wooden swing/play-set in our backyard. (It isn’t necessarily “dirty, but the wood is somewhat worn/weathered, and needs to have something applied to protect it for the future.)

We acquired this “used” from a family member for our grandkids, and it needs to have a good wood sealant applied to it. Basically all wood cleaning/prep products suggest using a cleaner prior to applying wood sealants…

Thanks

Kirk
Kirk
2 years ago

You recommend using sodium hydroxide deck cleaners but not bleach. You know deck cleaners that use that are pretty much super strong bleach don’t you? SH deck cleaners will do every bit and more of the damage bleach will if used improperly.

Jeff Ranch
Jeff Ranch
2 years ago

I have a relatively new deck 4yrs old; that was stained 3mos after being built and once more 2 yrs ago. not bad on dirt and algae (south facing deck).. Should I use a std restore a deck clearer and power wash for best results.. or sand too? Should power wash be so aggressive to remove the old stain? .. or good enough no to leave agreesive line and leave some of the old stain? I’m just doing horizontal surfaces and stairs.

Pamela Silver
Pamela Silver
2 years ago

I am getting ready to apply a maintenance coat of TimberPro UV Deck stain (Canadian waterborne oil/resin semi-transparent formulation) after applying 2 coasts last year on PT pine. The deck is mostly covered, north facing, close the the ocean; there is some algae/staining, but this product is by far the best we’ve ever had. I am planning to clean , but wonder if I should brighten also, before applying next coat.

The manufacturer sells a “clean and brite” product(liquid) but I can’t find out what’s in it, compared to other online products (RAD, Defy) that will ship to Canada ; is it advisable to stick to the same manufacturer’s product line or go with one of your highly-rated products?

Thanks

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Yvonne
Yvonne
2 years ago

Hello from Canada 😊
Our house in Alberta (harsh winters, lots of snow) came with a 600 sq ft weathered cedar deck, never stained. South exposure, some parts with lots of sun all day, other areas have partial shade in summer (trees). It looks like previous owners used Thompson’s Waterproofer plus, that I see you don’t recommend. I clean the deck each spring with a solution of Oxi-clean as more environmentally-friendly option, but the mildew is getting worse and more difficult to remove. Should I switch to professional cleaning products? Which one would be environmentally friendly?
Also need advice on the following two options we are considering:
Option 1: keeping weathered look as we don’t mind it; which clear sealer would you recommend for protection and mold/mildew prevention?
Option 2: introducing a transparent stain with a very light tint to make cedar look natural, showing wood’s grain (we don’t like dark or solid stains). What prep do we need to do so the wood doesn’t show unevenness of weathering that is present now? Which products do you recommend?
Your advice is greatly appreciated as we never had a cedar deck before.
Thanks,
Yvonne

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Yvonne Godyn
Yvonne Godyn
2 years ago

Thanks! 🙂
Another question: we are looking for a very deep, rich brown (no reddish undertones), semi-transparent stain for our fence (new PT wood) with west exposure; something possibly similar to dark walnut? What product/colour would you recommend?
Thank you,
Yvonne

Eric Braxton
Eric Braxton
2 years ago

I’ve got a black locust deck that had been finished with a penetrating oil. The finish did not hold up well in the sun and mold. I cleaned it with bleach based cleaner and power washer. It took 2 days and still left of a lot of black stains. Here are a few questions: 1. Should I clean again? If so with what kind of cleaner? 2. Given that the penetrating oil recommended by the decking company didn’t hold up well, should I try a sealer like Thompson’s or something else?

Eric Braxton
Eric Braxton
2 years ago

Thanks! I think I’ve now taken off the old finish it just has some black stains left. Do I really need to strip now or just clean and maybe then brighten?

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Donna
Donna
2 years ago

I used restore a deck to strip my deck. It worked amazing. Do I need to use a product in the raw wood before I stain?

Moira
Moira
2 years ago

I had a solid stain applied last fall. Now that the snow is gone, the oak coloured wood has a lot of white,streaks and spots, seemingly mould and mildew. I used a dry scrub brush to remove what I could. As I’m not staining it again now, what product should I use to continue the cleaning and removal of the white stuff?

Jim
Jim
2 years ago

I’ve used restore-a deck 5 times (twice pressure washed) and can’t get all the grey off my ipe. Was finished 3 years ago with clear Messmer’s for hardwoods. Is TSP out of the question? Am I left to sanding?

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Jim
Jim
2 years ago

Thanks. Then restore a deck will take out remaining grey after that?

Scott
Scott
2 years ago

Does valspar all in one wood prep remove old stain and urathane ? Does it strip wood

Stephen
Stephen
2 years ago

Hi, I just had an Ipe deck installed. Unfortunately, a painting crew showed up early, and i had to pause before applying oil. The painters covered the deck with brown butcher paper to protect it. Even more unfortunate, it rained that night. When i removed the brown paper the next morning, there are clear “lines” where the water had pooled on the paper. How do I remove the lines so that I can apply my first coat of oil?

Stephen
Stephen
2 years ago

I guess we’ll let it weather for the 3-4 months to see how it looks. Then will prep and oil. Thanks

Walter
Walter
2 years ago

Hello. I am planning to use an oxygenated-based (Sodium Percarbonate) deck cleaner, followed with an acidic (Oxalic Acid) brightener. Is it okay if these two products are of different brands?

Ashley
Ashley
3 years ago

Hi I’m looking for a good 5Ltr light oak fence stain / paint that covers really well any suggestions on brand and where to buy ?? . Thanks

Ashley
Ashley
3 years ago

Hello, I applied oxyclean with sprayer, let it sit for 10 minutes, then pressure washed to clean pine fence. Is it still necessary to use a wood brighter and what brand would you recommend?

Missy
Missy
3 years ago

Planning on refinishing our deck but don’t really need to redo much of the upright portion. In the past we have sanded the deck down and restained which is the plan. Had a lot of algae and mold growth this year and scrubbed much of it off. Was thinking of treating the flat boards with borate before restaining. The deck is several years old. Is this recommended and will the borate damage the stain on the uprights? Also, what’s the best grit of sandpaper to use so the wood will take the stain well? Starting to wonder if too fine of a sand is part of the problem casing us to have to refinish often.

Nate
Nate
3 years ago

Hey seen some great questions/answers. Just thinking of doing something with a 2 year old PT wood deck that is about 14 * 18 with metal railings.

What are the best products and procedures? I have heard not to pressure wash. I’ve heard use cleaner and brightened. I’ve also heard just apply sealer.

What are your recommendations and what are the best products? I must state I live in Ontario Canada.

Erick
Erick
3 years ago

I have a 2 yr old treated pine deck that hasn’t been finished since completed. How should I prepare it for finish?

M. Frank
M. Frank
3 years ago

I live in New England where decks are subject to extreme cold and snow in winter, lots of rain in the spring and hot, humid summer days. I had a new, low level deck out of pressure treated wood (first bad decision) built 7 years ago, 15 x 24. Sealed it myself after letting it sit for one season. It grayed and looked dingy at year 2, so I cleaned it. But I didn’t like the the inconsistency of color, some spots brighter than others, some spots very dark – so I stained it in year 3 with a product from Lowes. Big mistake. The stain began peeling the following season. I lived with it. At year 5 it needed a good cleaning and re-staining. I decided to hire a professional to clean and re-stain with Benjamin Moore Accolade, which is what he recommended. Another big mistake. The finish was a magnet for mildew and pollen and also peeled slightly. So this year, to save $, I decided clean my deck myself. Used Olympic Deck Cleaner to clean the stained deck – based on advice from Home Depot customer service rep. Another bad decision on my part. It took off the mildew and pollen along with removing the stain in several places. It also left a white, powdery film that I cannot get off no matter how much I brush. The professional’s advice is to completely strip the deck, clean, and re-stain. The cost to do so is 50% of what replacing the deck boards will cost me and I am still faced with seasonal cleaning & sealing. I could be a commercial for composite decking or stone patios. Am weighing my options at present.

M. Frank
M. Frank
3 years ago

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M. Frank
M. Frank
3 years ago

That is what the painter did last time for $1200. It lasted one season. Thanks for the input. I decided to remove the boards and go composite.

M. Frank
M. Frank
3 years ago
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Syracuse, NY
Syracuse, NY
3 years ago

I have a two level deck on North side with towering pine trees nearby and a serious discoloration issue. I’d like to try to just clean it and see if I can get by another season before having to resurface again. (I spend more time working on this deck than enjoying it.) Can you provide recommendation?

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Steve
Steve
3 years ago

Just wondering if you have used Timber Pro UV Clean & Brite deck cleaner or can recommend this product?