[Sticky] Properly Cleaning a Deck Before Staining
I have a cedar deck and it hasn't been sealed for a couple years. I've kept it clean by power washing so at this point there is no seal remaining. I just finished power washing again to prepare for the seal and I'm wondering if I need to use a brightener? The wood is in good shape and after power washing it is very light colored already. Since I didn't use a cleaning agent or stripper, is it necessary to use a brightener to get the ph right or should it be fine already since I haven't used any other product on it?
Hello! We are in central Michigan and had a new 300sf cedar KDAT deck built. We are planning on using the Gemini cleaner/brightener and then a TWP stain we like based on samples on scraps (a semi: Honey, Cedar or Pecan), once the moisture gets below 15%. Question is: sunscreen from a low-on-aerosol can got sprayed/dripped on several thirsty boards and gentle scrubbing with Dawn and warm water didn't do the trick. Will the Gemini take out the oil stains or should we just have the boards replaced or maybe flipped? Try the cleaner and try the stain and then replace? Thanks in advance and we LOVE this website!