Citralic Wood Brightener Review 5/5 (1)

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Citralic Brightener Review

Citralic 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
The 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 into consideration that results may differ due to different wood types, exposure to UV radiation, and natural weathering.

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