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Citralic Wood Brightener Review

Citralic Wood Brightener Scores (1-10)

Wood Brightening/Lightening: 9

– We used the Citralic Wood Brightener on a fence that was cleaned first with its sister product, EFC-38. The Citralic brightener lightened the wood within 5-10 minutes of application.

Cost Per Square Foot: 10

– The Citralic brightener was applied to 1000 feet of fencing. One 2 pound container covered this entire area. Cost per square foot was $.02 a square foot.

Ease of Application: 8

– Citralic is a powder concentrate that mixes with water at 6 oz. per gallon. The powder dissolves easily into the water and the applies well with a garden sprayer. We would have given it a higher square if it was easier to get the powder out of the container. It was slightly “sticky.

Overall: 9

– Citralic is an excellent and extremely cost effective wood brightener.

Product Information:

Where To Buy: Online Only
Product Type: Concentrated Powdered Wood Brightener. Citric/Oxalic Acid Mixture.
Available Sizes: 2 Pound Concentrate. Makes 5 Liquid Gallons
Application Temperature: 40-100 F
Coverage Per Gallon: 200 sq. ft
Application Tools: Pump Sprayer
Manufacturer: Extreme Solutions

Test Fence Stats:

Fence Wood Type: Cedar
Fence Square Footage: 1000
Condition of Fence: Fence was cleaned first with EFC-38 Wood Deck Cleaner
How Much Product Used: 
2 Pound Container. Retails for $19.99

*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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11 responses to “Citralic Wood Brightener Review”

  1. […] The fence was restored to like new condition. EFC-38 does need to be neutralized with the Citralic Wood Brightener. It is normal to neutralize wood deck cleaners and the final appearance was excellent for an […]

  2. Stefanie says:

    Hi – I'm tackling my parents deck. We're sanding it down. Do I still need to use a cleaner, or just a brightener? It's redwood in a very dry climate.

  3. Mike says:

    I cleaned and scrubbed my old cedar deck.Can I still use a brightener even though it has been days and deck is dry. How would I go about doing that, should I wet deck first and then apply brightener?

  4. Peggy M says:

    We are about to stain our 1 year old new construction cedar deck that turned gray. It has never been stained before and has had very little traffic. It does not have any dirt or mold or mildew stains. Can we just brighten without cleaning with a wood cleaner?

  5. Marilyn says:

    I started staining old worn barn siding on my house with a transparent stain. I do not like the color of the stain. I tried a stain stripper and power washed it. The color lightened but far from the worn light tan I started with. Is there anything I can do to removed the color (or most of it) and start over?

  6. Michael Musinski says:

    Does anyone make a deck brightener for COMPOSITE DECKING. Mine is looking really dull???????????????????????????

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*This is first and foremost a help site from our experience as wood restoration contractors. All stain and prepping manufacturer directions were followed with our reviews and ratings. We offer no guarantee of similar results. Take in consideration that wood and deck stain results may differ due to prepping procedures, different wood types, exposure to UV radiation, natural weathering, etc.