Defy Wood Deck Cleaner Review 4.2/5 (5)

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Defy Wood Deck Cleaner Review

Defy Wood Deck Cleaner Review

Defy Wood Deck Cleaner Review

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Defy Wood Deck 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. Environmentally safe, powdered, oxygen-based concentrate that makes 5 liquid gallons per container.

Defy Wood Cleaner should be used with the Defy Wood Brightener for maximum preparation.

Defy Wood Deck Cleaner Scores (1-10)

Removal of Graying, Dirt, Grime: 9

– The Defy Wood Cleaner did an excellent job of prepping the wood by removing all of the dirt and mold. The test deck had not been maintained for 6  years so the graying of the wood cells was extensive. The Defy Cleaner did a better than average job at softening these grayed wood cells so that a stiff scrubbing removed them from the deck surface.

Cost Per Square Foot: 9

– How can you complain about spending only $28 to clean a 750 square foot deck? That is $.05 a square foot. A bargain compared to liquid packaged cleaners.

Removal of Old Stain: N/A

– Defy Wood Cleaner is designed to prep decking by removing graying, dirt, mold, and grime. It will not remove old stains unless the stain is extremely deteriorated.

Ease of Application: 8

– Defy Wood Cleaner is packaged in a powdered formula. We mixed the entire 2.25-pound container into 5 gallons of warm water. The powdered dissolved rather easily into the water. We noticed a “bubbling” effect when we applied the cleaner to the decking. This “lifted” the dirt/graying, making the scrubbing and rinsing very simple. Make sure to thoroughly rinse the wood while the surface is still wet to remove all of the wood fibers.

Final Appearance of Cleaning: 8

– Very clean throughout the decking are when done. After we applied the Defy Wood Brightener, the overall appearance was even better

Overall Score for Defy Wood Deck Cleaner: 8.5

– Defy Wood Deck Cleaner is a great and inexpensive way to prep your wood prior to an application of a stain!

Product Information:

Where To Buy: Select Stores or Online
Product Type: Powdered Concentrate
Available Sizes: 2 Pound Container Makes 5 Liquid Gallons
Application Temperature: 45-95 F
Coverage Per Gallon: 150-200 sq. ft
Application Tools: Scrub Brush, Pump Sprayer
Manufacturer: Saversystems

Test Deck Stats:

Deck Wood Type: Pressure Treated Pine
Deck Square Footage: 750
The condition of Deck: Gray and dirty
How Much Product Used: 
One 2.25 Pound Container. Retails for $28.99

*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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Paul
Paul

I applied Defy Extreme in light walnut to my cedar deck about this time year per the manufacturer’s instructions. It turned out absolutely great and held up beautifully through a winter of heavy rain and snow, and now through its first summer too. I decided to put on a second coat yesterday and began by cleaning the deck with the Defy deck cleaner (not the bleach). Now here’s the odd part: the cleaner has all but removed the stain! I’m stunned. My assumption is this means the stain didn’t penetrate very deeply last year, but that doesn’t make sense insofar as there was absolutely zero fading and/or flaking. I mean, it looked terrific! Any thoughts on what the heck I have done wrong? Thanks!

Steve
Steve

We got a sample of the Defy cedar tone stain on our cedar deck that we cleaned ahead of the staining. We found the color to be too orange and a bit blotchy. We are now thinking we should try the Defy Crystal Clear stain as we are trying to maintain the natural cedar look. Do you have an opinion on how long we should expect this product to last? (We are in northern Minnesota). Will we have to clean AND brighten the wood before applying subsequent maintenance coats? Will we have to protect our metal railings and wood siding before using the Defy Cleaner and Brightener products? Do those cleaners recommend using a pressure washer as opposed to just a garden hose for rinsing? Thanks

Lisa
Lisa

I have a new deck, pressure treated pine, been drying out for a year. I plan to use Armstrong Clark to stain, but I’m wondering how to clean. I don’t want to pressure wash, and the Restore a Deck seems to need that, as well as a brightener to neutralize the cleaner. Sounds like more than I need. The new wood is in really good shape. I just want to brush clean it and rinse it (without pressure washer–don’t want to push a bunch of water into boards I’ve spent a year drying). Thoughts on a cleaner that will work with AC stain and do this minimal work? Would this be the ticket? The DEFY. Or does it also need a brightener to neutralize the cleaner? Love your site. Thanks!

Judith Rifee
Judith Rifee

We have a white pine log siding home in WV where winters are reasonably severe and our UV exposure is fairly extreme. Original treatment of log siding was tinted log oil and that was 5 years ago. House needs to be redone before winter 2018 and thinking of using AC semi-solid stain in order to try to get longer duration. Painter suggests bleach water prep before semi-solid oil stain and you tend to recommend other cleaner/brightener preps. We have used Restor-A-Deck products to prep our deck for TWP 100 application, howver, this is a MUCH larger square footage and much greater expense! What are the downsies of using bleach to prep? Thank you.

Judy

Cameron
Cameron

We applied AC last year, and unfortunately it looks like it needs another coat this year. We used a Benjamin Moore deck Restore followed by their brighter. The deck butts up against painted surfaces on all sides (it’s a roof deck). It was so much work to get everything masked off completely with plastic (lots of wind, lots of tape). The restore product required a lot of scrubbing to clear the pulp it released from the wood (presumably cheap softwood).

I need a simpler process and I’m hoping you could recommend a prep process that won’t damage nearby painted surfaces. If I was only masking for the AC oil and not protecting the paint from the cleaner and brighter, I could get by wide tape only instead of all that time consuming windblown plastic. Any ideas? Really appreciate your helpful site!

Gage Lockhart
Gage Lockhart

Is a 1600 psi power washer with an adjustable spray nozzle good enough to use or should I rent a more power gas power washer (about 70 bux)?

C Lumry
C Lumry

We stripped and stained our old pressure treated pine deck with TWP 100 last June 2017. At that time, we replaced all boards (pressure treated pine) on the raised areas (seating benches and tops of planters) with new boards and have left them unstained to weather over the winter. We are now planning to stain the new boards as well as refresh the previously stained deck. I plan to use cleaner and brightener on the new boards, but I wanted to just clean the previously stained deck to simplify the process rather than having to do the 2 step cleaner and brightener on the whole thing (It’s over 1500 sq. ft.) One of your articles about maintaining TWP stain said to “Apply a light maintenance coat to the flooring in 9-24 months. If just slightly dirty prep with soapy water to remove grime and reapply one light coat.” That sounds like the simplest prep for applying a new coat of stain to the areas that were stained less than 1 year ago. What is the best type of soap and mixing ratio to use for a light cleaning, and should I use a pressure washer or garden hose for rinsing. Also, when applying the new stain over the existing, does it require two coats back to back as when we first applied it, or just “one light coat” as mentioned in the article?

ri stewart
ri stewart

I realize this is a bit different than a deck, but I need to clean and brighten a 2×6 tongue and groove roof structure. I can pressure wash it, but it’s above my head. Something that won’t hurt me from the drips?

Patricia Jones
Patricia Jones

I received the defy wood deck cleaner brightner and stain. We are having very hot weather for this time of year. How hot can it be to clean and stain the deck. I live in Portland OR

Cristy
Cristy

One side of my deck is situated along a line of fruit trees from which I harvest and eat the fruit. Would the Defy Wood Cleaner be safe to use or should I go with something like the Simple Green Fence and Deck Cleaner? I plan to follow up with the Defy Brightner and semi-transparent stain.

Kathy
Kathy

I live in San Diego – inland – Rancho Bernardo – and we have a low wood fence/wall they built as a quasi retaining type wall (separates the hill from the grass and patio area). It looks like it was stained originally but is now faded and gray on the top boards. Some of the boards have cracks on the top "cap" piece. If I use a wood deck cleaner such as this Defy, could it kill my grass below it or my beautiful roses above it (in one area)? I don't have a pressure washer so was planning on scrubbing it with a brush and rinsing. After using this product do I need to use something else before staining it? if so, will that product harm my grass or roses? Any suggestions? if I use these products, do I still need to sand the wood or not?

Tom G.
Tom G.

I have a small deck (150 sq. ft.) but with many steps and lots of spindles. I am looking for a low-cost cleaner that is very easy to use, i.e. spray it on and then rinse or power wash it off but with no scrub brushing required. Would the Defy fit this bill? Your analysis seems to suggest that scrubbing might be necessary with the Defy. Would Messmer's better suit my needs? It seems like scrubbing would not be required with the Messmer's. Any other product suggestions? Thank you.

jack
jack

Does this product work if you don't have a pressure washer to remove it? I was planning on simply using a water hose.

Greg
Greg

I have powerwashed my deck and have gotten the dirt and grime off but I do still have some black splotches that I can't power wash away. Will a brightener help with that? And it sounds like the brightener should be used before I stain it?

Yimin
Yimin

My contractor is planning to sand the deck and railing and then stain right away. I told him that from what I read everywhere, after sanding, the deck need to be washed, and dried for 2 days before staining. But the contractor is puzzled and said why wash again after sanding? He has been in the construction business for more than 20 years. My question is: Is it OK to stain with Defy Extrem right after sanding the deck and railing? Suppose he use only 60-80 grit sand paper? Maybe wipe away the sand dust?

martin
martin

Hello, I have a deck that has been neglected for 6 years. The wood is gray and has spots from where hail damage knocked off some of the remaining stain. I had planned to just pressure wash the deck then apply some sort of sealant. Should I Spray on this wood cleaner and then use the pressure washer to clean off the cleaner? After I do that, how long should I wait before adding a sealant? I plan to use a clear sealant and not a stain. thanks in advance for your advice.

Dave
Dave

We have a south facing treated wood deck that we had cleaned/stained 6 years ago that is now stain absent,small mold spots,gray areas. A company tells me it only needs a high pressure cleaning then paraffin sealer. ReadySeal was the sealer 6 years ago. Do you feel this wash is enough so that I can then apply Defy Extreme Stain myself?

jeff
jeff

So I have a new wood (pressure treated deck) here in Northern Va. In waiting for a chance to stain with the Defy line of stains, it has gathered some dirt and mold. I bought the Defy wood cleaner, but the product page never states that, oh by the way, you need the brightener to neutralize the stuff you just used. The question is..If I don't use the Brightener and go to the stain after cleaning, what's the downside?

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