Restore-A-Deck Cleaner System Review 4.7/5 (38)

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Restore-A-Deck Cleaner Kit Review

Restore-A-Deck Cleaner Kit

Restore-A-Deck Cleaner Kit Update 2019

Please read this article and post any questions you have in the comment are below. Our newly enhanced website now offers the ability to upload and post pictures of your exterior wood or deck. This will help us determine the proper prep for your deck using the Restore-A-Deck Cleaner and Wood Brightener Kits.

Below you will see a YouTube Video Review of the Restore A Deck Prepping kit. This is from an actual consumer and is very informative and helpful.

Restore-A-Deck Cleaner Review Below


Restore-A-Deck Cleaner ReviewRestore-A-Deck is the only product on the market that offers both a Step 1 Deck Cleaner and a Step 2 Deck Brightener in the same kit. Restore-A-Deck comes in a powdered concentrated formula. Each 2 lb container makes 5 liquid gallons. Simply pour each into a five-gallon container and add water to dissolve the powder concentrate.

Restore A Deck Cleaner and Brightener Scores (1-10)

Removal of Graying, Dirt, Grime: 9

– The Restore-A-Deck Step 1 Deck Cleaner did very well at removing general dirt and grime. The deep cleaning formula made it easy to break down the gray wood cells. All mold was removed as well. The Step 1 Deck Cleaner did not remove some rust stains from the furniture but the Step 2 Brightener did.

Cost Per Square Foot: 10

– The best on the market today. The cost to clean and brighten an average 600 square foot deck is less than $.07 a foot. Since Restore-A-Deck comes in a powder we liked that you only needed to mix as much as you needed. Very little waste.

Removal of Old Stain: N/A

– RAD products are designed to clean, not remove old deck stains. We would presume that they would remove a deck stain if the stain has deteriorated drastically.

Ease of Application: 8

– RAD does not come in a liquid. You need to measure 6 oz per gallon of water mix the entire 2 lb. container into 5 gallons of water. This product does apply easily with a garden pump sprayer. We needed to make sure to mix at the correct dosage otherwise, the powder did not completely dissolve. Testing was done with both scrubbing and pressure washing. Both worked well. Step 2 brightener does not need to be scrubbed, just rinsed with water after 10 minutes.

Final Appearance of Cleaning: 9

– The IPE wood deck looked brand new after cleaning and drying for 2 days. We would have given this a score of 10 if it was not for a couple of minor water spots that did not come out. These spots looked to be from planter boxes.

Overall Score for Restore-A-Deck Cleaner: 9

– Restore-A-Deck makes a great and economical product for reviving your deck to like new condition. We really like that kits contained both the cleaner and brightener. This was easier than buying the products separately.

Product Information:

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: 100-200 sq. ft
Application Tools: Scrub Brush, Pump Sprayer

Test Deck Stats:

Deck Wood Type: IPE Exotic Hardwood
Deck Square Footage: 500
The condition of Deck: Heavily grayed with mold/mildew. No previous stain
How Much Product Used: 
RAD 300 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.


An Independent YouTube Customer Review


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e_iida@yahoo.com
e_iida@yahoo.com

Is it nessasary to use a cleaner on a new redwood fence prior to applying a sealer ?

e_iida@yahoo.com
e_iida@yahoo.com

What if ur to treat a new fence is it nessasary to use a cleaner before sealing the fence ?

Bryan
Bryan

My deck was stained with AC stain 2 years ago but has accumulated mildew and algae since then. Will using the the Restore-A-Deck cleaner and brightener end up removing that stain from 2 years ago? I’m not really wanting to have to stain it again so soon.

Y. Brazeau
Y. Brazeau

Which store sells it?

Rjones4029
Rjones4029

Will this combo of cleaner and brightened damage black aluminum painted pickets?

Matthew Bridges
Matthew Bridges

I recently restained my deck and I noticed that (not surprisingly) a spot that needed to be sanded looks way better than the rest of the deck. So much so that I think I’d like to go ahead and attempt to make the whole deck look like this spot. Is this a product I could potentially use to avoid needing to sand the entire deck?

Frank
Frank

I have a cedar deck that I stained this past spring using Sikkens (sico proluxe) srd stain.
Prior to staining, I used RAD cleaner and brightener to remove the greying and oxidation from weathering. It worked amazingly to bring the wood back to its natural colour.
I had some fuzzies but they easily knocked down with some 80 grit, I cleaned again to remove the dust and then stained when dry.

If I were to do a maintenance coat using the same stain, would I need to clean and brighten again with RAD or, could I simply clean with plain water, let dry and apply the same brand of stain over existing stain?
No need to strip the current stain?
Would RAD cleaner and brightener negatively affect the stain that already there?

Thanks,

Frank

Agam
Agam

I power washed my mahogany porch (it’s a covered front porch that’s exposed to some rain). It previously hadn’t been washed or treated for at least 6 years. My goal is to get it back to a nice reddish mahogany natural color. I was hoping to use the rustic TWP 1500.

Some of the boards are slightly cupped. When I tested with a random orbital sander the edges got more sanded that the middle. Do I need to sand? Or can I just use the cleaner and brightened, then the TWP?

I’m hoping to get the old mahogany wood to look somewhat like the newly installed Red Balau. Both are shown in the photo. The Red Balau isn’t treated yet – it was just installed.

Would love advice on whether I need to sand and if I should use this kit or Gemini restore a deck. Can I use the cleaner/brightener right after sanding? What color TWP should I put on Red Balau if I’m using rustic on the old mahogany?

Thank you!

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Ben
Ben

Can you use RAD cleaner and brightener and then use Defy Extreme Stain, or do you need to use Defy’s cleaner before using Defy stain? Many thanks.

Amy
Amy

Does power washing alone (well I used a crappy cleaner too) strip old stain? It doesn’t look like there is much/any color left on the wood after power washing. Do I need to apply stripper first and then use the cleaner/brightener (on top of the already crappy one I applied)? Or just one or the other?. I do still see some areas of green algae in other areas of a different part of the deck (added on later than original one with stain) .It’s a 3 year old deck and we just went straight to a cleaner and power washing. HELP!! Thanks

Shawn
Shawn

If u stain with RAD and need to sand and restain a Area should u apply brightner to the sanded area before staining again?

John Mc
John Mc

Where can it be purchased?

John Mc
John Mc

How does this product rate on new deck application?

Carla Heim
Carla Heim

I have a kiln dried cedar deck installed last year. Was told okay to stain. So stained before it was built. After this past winter, the parts of the decks that are exposed are peeling and flaking, after only a year! Would this word well on this wood? Also, would it perhaps potentially harm my aluminum spindles. Thanks!!

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Dick Crabb
Dick Crabb

Is this product designed to use on a cedar deck?

Don
Don

I have a 1 year old deck made with I believe pine boards with a printed stamp on the wood that says SPIB PREM RED KD19 HT. The wood looks like it is treated. The floor boards has not had stain applied to it yet but i would like to do it in the near future. Would I have to apply a cleaner and then use a wood brightener or just use a wood brightener? It has some minor graying that has started.

Brooke
Brooke

Can you make the cleaner into liquid and then dispense in a power washer, as if it were the pre-cleaning soap?

Brooke
Brooke

Can you make the cleaner or brighter in a power washer, once you make it a liquid?

Richard Kleiner
Richard Kleiner

I have a three year old redwood deck. It is out of the sun, and is in total shade. (It is a lower deck). I would like to clean it and power wash it, but NOT re-stain it at this time. Three year stain (Penofin, I believe) is still pretty well coated on the wood. Is it okay to just clean the deck without re-staining. Thanks

David Mendenhall
David Mendenhall

We have a 20 year old iron wood deck, sometimes called monkey wood. And have used Penofin Penetrating Oil Finish. I have occasionally used a pressure washer to remove and reapply the Penofin. I am now at the point where I can remove some of the stain but a majority of the old stain will not power wash off leaving a very spotty deck. My picture shows where the old stain is removed and the darker stain that is almost impossible to get off. If I apply stain now it will look like it looks in the picture most likely. Is your stain remover and brightener product such that it will remove this buildup of stain over the many years we have had the deck. If so, do I need to apply your product more than once to get the results desired. Your reply will determine how we proceed.

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Tara
Tara

I stain the floor but paint the railing. Would this prep (cleaner/brightener) be appropriate for both areas?

Bill
Bill

I cleaned my deck last night with the RAD cleaner and power washer. It looks like there is still some residual dirt and grime on the wood and I am wondering if it needs to be cleaned again or if I can go ahead and lightly sand the railing and brighten?

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Brian
Brian

I just used RAD cleaner and brightener and it looks like it removed the AC stain that I applied last year. Is that supposed to happen? My intention was to remove the dirt and grime before applying another coat of stain later this week, but seems like I’m back to where I started as if I hadn’t put any stain on before.

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Denise
Denise

I have a 14 x 18 Lamp and Malphrus Premium pressure treated wood deck. It was built in February and from what i can tell decking board was cut in October 2018. I know it is not ready to stain but i really want to enjoy it now. The wood is beautiful and i have not put anything on it.
My question is should i cover the entire deck with a rug or something until next summer when i stain it OR should I just use it? All i will be doing is staging some furniture around and have a sitting area I live near Asheville NC and the summer and fall is great a for a covered deck. About half of the deck gets morning sun. The other gets almost nothing. I just don’t want to do anything to create more unnecessary work yet and maintain as much as possible the wood until i use a (semi-transparent?) stain.

Can i use Restore a Deck Cleaner on a Tiger Wood deck? It has never had anything done to it and by the time the contractor finished with house (10 years ago) the deck has grayed. I am sick! Half of deck is covered and other is not. What do you recommend and where can I get it?

Many thanks in advance. I heard you folks were awesome!

Brian
Brian

Can this deck (photo included) be stripped? The stain currently on it is pictured below. What stain do you recommend for the next application?

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Brandy
Brandy

I just finished pressure washing my deck. I used the Behr all in one deck cleaner. It’s several years old and was never stained, sealed, or painted. It is currently drying. I am not sure it’s completely clean. I am going to need to seal it with something and replace a few boards. I am thinking semi-transparent would be what I need. Do I need to use any RAD products at this point?

Renee in Montreal
Renee in Montreal

Hi, I can’t seem to find out if the 2 steps are flower bed-friendly? My patio is surrounded by multiple flower beds. Kindly advise.

Ed Toomey
Ed Toomey

Are there any BRIGHTENER products available for Trex wood decks? A product to apply post Powerwashing??
Thanks
Ed

Sherry
Sherry

Hello! Quick question here. Our fence was installed about 9 months ago and I’ve recently power-washed it using some basic deck/fence cleaner and I’d like to use Restore-a-Deck in the natural finish. Is it mandatory that I buy all the cleaning and prepping products as well since I just cleaned? Thanks!

Wayne Reibold
Wayne Reibold

New 600 sf second story Cedar deck installed last Summer and stained with Armstrong Clark oil-based semi-transparent stain. The deck looks really good but since it only has one coat of stain on it I want to give it another coat of stain this summer.

I used Restore-A-Deck on it last summer before staining and it made a huge mess of gunk on the underside of the deck the siding on the house below and the patio below which took a very long time to cleanup. It also damaged some of the windows below it, the glass, as confirmed by the professional company that cleans my windows.

I see you recommend Restore-A-Deck for cleaning but based on how good of shape the stain is on my deck and mess/damage it creates below can you recommend something that wouldn’t make such a clumpy mess below?

Todd
Todd

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Todd
Todd

I used RAD today. It took all day on my large deck. As discussed on another post half my deck is covered. When I used the Brightener it looked great while it was wet. When it dried its back white again and the part thats covered looks chalky. Is this normal and is it ok to go ahead with stain? It’s a one year old deck thats never had anything done to it.

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jeff a bacon
jeff a bacon

do you need to clean and brighten after media blasting?

Bill
Bill

My deck has a white film after applying, waiting 15 minutes, brushing many times and washing with a hose. I put the brightener on hoping that would remove the white flakes. Any suggestions?

Renee
Renee

Hi. Is this product safe for plants and animals? I would like to try it to clean vinyl siding with pressure washer application. My siding is badly soiled with mold and mildew. Thanks

Fred
Fred

Would like to use RAD Step 1&2 on a fence. Will either product kill our plants?

Dan
Dan

I just finished my deck today using the RAD kit (stripper, brightener, stain). I have a 450sqft deck with another 100 sqft of steps, post, etc. The deck is 12 years old with poor maintenance by previous owner. Half of the deck is in direct sun, the other half is screened in under a roof. The exposed part was completely gray and no stain and the screened in part had about 20-30% old stain remaining. I have vinyl siding on my home surrounding my deck and white painted rails. I had a few white paint spots on my deck from the painting earlier this year. I mixed the powdered stripper as directed into a bucket. I only used 2 lbs for the entire job which is one bag of stripper. After mixing, I poured into a 2 gallon sprayer. I would say a sprayer, or two, is a must. You will lose a lot of product if you do not use a sprayer and try to slosh it on the wood. Use a sprayer, safety glasses, and wear long sleeves and gloves. I wore the black nitrile gloves from the auto parts store. Worked great. I let it soak for 20 minutes or so and misted as necessary to keep the wood damp. My wood soaked up a lot of liquid. You could easily wait 30 minutes with better results. I bought a stiff plastic bristle brush from my local big box store and scrubbed. It is not easy. A power washer would have easily done a better and quicker job. Rent or buy a power washer; especially if you do not have a water hose with really good pressure. A pressure washer is not necessary but mine would not start the day of so I was left to do it by hand. I would not recommend doing a job bigger than mine without a pressure washer. Everything, including the old stain came off easily. The old gunk will clog up your brush quickly so be prepared with a hose to rinse it out often. I was amazed. Dirt, stain, mildew and old paint spots……GONE. I immediately followed up with a mixture of brightener, mixed as directed, and used the same sprayer. (This is where I wish I had two sprayers). I waited 10 minutes and rinsed off. I would say that rinsing is VERY critical in each step and expect rinsing to take longer than you think. I could immediately see results with the brightener. Reminds me of putting Clorox on the deck back in the old days to clean it up. I let my deck sit over night before staining. The deck was still damp on day 2 as the humidity was high and we had a lot of cloud cover with a brief sprinkle of rain. On Day 2 I finished stripping, scrubbing and brightening the steps, posts under the deck and the fascia of the deck. I let the deck sit for an hour to let… Read more »

Jim Miller
Jim Miller

For a 2000ft deck how much restore and brighten kit and Armstrong hardwood stain do I need to get? And where do I get these products?

Skippy Grossman
Skippy Grossman

I just installed some new cedar siding consisting of lumber that has been sitting around for several years. It has all been sanded with 80 grit. Can I apply a solid stain such as Flood at this time or must I allow the wood to weather??

Thank you.

Doug McGlothern
Doug McGlothern

I used an oil based clear sealer about 4 years ago. I bought your complete kit, pressure washed the deck which removed the majority of the old finish and left a light residual coating. I used your stripper twice on one board to test and all it did was trun the old sealer to a gummy mess that even the pressure washer won’t budge. I applied stripper again, let it sit for 30 minutes, scrubbed with a fairly stiff nylon brush. again it turned to a gummy mess that the brush would move around but it can’t be washed off.

Mara
Mara

Is there a deck cleaner and Brightener that is recommended that can be purchased at a common retail store. We need to clean and then stain just our rough grain rafter boards before it rains on Saturday and next week. We want to get our roof up next week. I didn’t realize that restore a deck can only be purchased online and not in WA.

Bob
Bob

Can this product be used safely on a pier thats in the water?

Lyle Friel
Lyle Friel

How important is it to use the cleaner and brightener on my new deck banister spindles (2×2 rough pt pine? Creates a lot more work for me – (2nd story and older man- ha). Thanks, Lyle..

Bill Green
Bill Green

What product for stripping solid stain is safe for animals and the environment

Barnes Moore
Barnes Moore

I replaced the deck boards on my 600+ sq/ft deck earlier this year using pressure treated pine. I am now ready to apply a water sealer but want to clean it first. I live in Florida and we are in the hot season now. Is there any issue applying this product in the heat, or should it be applied in cooler temperatures? Also, how long should I wait before applying a sealer – like Thompsons Water seal or something comparable?

Stu Waltonen
Stu Waltonen

i have cedar deck previously stained with a Behr transparent stain. It is flaking and would appreciate recommendations for how to proceed with prepping and restaining. Thanks.

Janet Ohanis
Janet Ohanis

Anyone used this on a redwood deck? Mine looks like the before photo above, it’s about six years old.

Stan
Stan

After washing the cedar deck, next day I noticed water stains . The stains don’t seem to go away but remain on the stained wood . Wood wa stained week ago and it was 90 plus for a week . What can I use to remove the water stains on the deck

Ashley
Ashley

Used the stripper and brightener today. Deck isn’t even dry yet but very happy with how fresh it came out, however now we have a lot of ‘hairs’. Especially on the railing. Do we stain as is or need to sand? Not all of the decking boards have it, or seems concentrated to a few boards… but the top railings are bad.

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Stan
Stan

Found few stain droplets fall on the deck while staining. Found out after it dried. What grit sand paper do I sand it off? Do I do it manually or use rotor sander? Some areas applied thicker than others, what do I do. Wait till next year and top up even ?