Important Note: This is our 2nd Review of the Restore A Deck Kits. See Here for First Review: Restore A Deck Cleaner and Brightener Kit
Restore A Deck cleaner is a specifically designed two-part system that is best used to clean and prep a wood deck prior to staining it. The Restore A Deck cleaner system consists of a wood cleaner that will remove dirt, grime, mold, mildew, and grayed wood fibers. Step 2 is a wood brightener that corrects the pH of the wood and brightens/lightens it up prior to applying a wood stain or sealer.
Restore-A-Deck comes in a powdered concentrated formula. Each 2 lb container makes 5 liquid gallons and can clean and brighten up to 1000 sq. feet. Simply pour each into a five-gallon container and add water to dissolve the powder concentrate.
The Restore a Deck Step 1 Cleaner contains an EPA registered ingredient that helps in the removal of mold, mildew, and algae.
Restore A Deck Cleaner and Brightener Scores (1-10)
Removal of Graying, Dirt, Grime: 9
The Restore-A-Deck Step 1 Deck Cleaner works wonders at removing dirt and graying. The active ingredient creates a slight foaming on the wood once applied. Once the graying and dirt has softened, we find it best to use a pressure washer at a low setting of 1500 PSI to “lightly wash” off the dirty slime.
Cost Per Square Foot: 10
Powdered deck prepping products are the way to go. Cheaper and more effective than bleach-based solutions. We have found that the Restore A Deck Kits are the best on the market today when it comes to price. The cost to clean and brighten an average 800 square foot deck is less than $.07 a foot.
Removal of Old Stain: N/A
Restore A Deck Kits are used for prepping, cleaning and maintaining decks for application of a stain. It is not designed to remove old coatings. We have used the Restore A Deck Kits though on very deteriorated deck coatings and it has removed them.
Ease of Application: 9
When we use the Restore A Deck powders we mix 6-8 oz of powder per gallon of water. Make sure that you mix in a different bucket if you will be applying with a sprayer as you may get some undissolved crystals at the bottom. This only happens with the Step 1 Cleaner. Transfer the cleaning solution into the pump sprayer. Take care to not transfer undissolved powder as it could clog the sprayer tip. Apply the cleaner with the pump sprayer and let sit for 10-15 minutes. Lightly pressure wash off or hand scrub.
Testing was done with both scrubbing and pressure washing. Both worked well at prepping the wood but we find a pressure washer more effective and quicker as well.
Final Appearance of Using Step 1 Cleaner: 9
All the graying and grime had been removed and the natural color tones of the wood had been restored.
Final Appearance after Using Step 2 Brightener 10
The Restore A Deck Brightener is used to cancel the raising of pH balance from the Step 1 Cleaner. This is a very easy thing to do and will help aid in the longevity of your stain if the wood is left in a neutral state. The RAD Brightener does an excellent job of lightening the wood. Results are noticeable within a few minutes of application.
Step 2 brightener does not need to be scrubbed, just rinsed with water after 10 minutes.
Overall Score for Restore-A-Deck Cleaner: 9.4
Powders are the way to go for deck prepping products. The Restore-A-Deck Kits are economical and work extremely well. Using a quality product like the RAD Kits will make your wood restoration project easier and the overall results improved as well.
We rate this as a Contractor Choice for favorite prepping products for decking.
Manufacturer: Restore A Deck
Product Type: Powdered Concentrate. Kit contains Step 1 Deck Cleaner and Step 2 Deck Brightener
Available Sizes: 2 Pound Container Makes 5 Liquid Gallons
Application Temperature: 45-95 F
Coverage Per Gallon: 150-200 sq. ft per gallon. Each Kit preps 750-1000 sq. feet.
Application Tools: Scrub Brush, Pump Sprayer
Test Deck Stats:
When Tested: Fall 2013
Deck Wood Type: Cedar wood that has grayed for 1 year
Deck Square Footage: 900
The condition of Deck: Heavily grayed with no previous coating.
How Much Product Used: One Restore A Deck Kit. Retails for $49.99
*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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