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How to properly clean and prep a deck before applying a wood deck stain.

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    The Sealer Store · 03/04/2009
    Depends on what the stain is.
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    Zordani · 03/04/2009
    So, as I was saying, I've got a pretty nasty stain that seems to be there for a while. I've heard of an industrial cleaner, but I don't want to use it and destroy the wood. What other type of cleaning product can I use?
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    The Sealer Store · 03/03/2009
    That is a good question. Generally the people who clean every few days are just removing general dirt and grime. This can just be done with water and or a broom. Every couple of years you will need to do a thorough cleaning prior to restaining or resealing. This is needed so your coating will penetrate properly.
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    attagirl · 03/03/2009
    I have read the questions and comments but have one question of my own. I have been seen many people clean there decks on a regular basis and others who do it a few times a week. Is there something I am missing? I would like to know how often it is necessary and how does it effect the finish and the wood over time.
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    Aries · 02/16/2009
    Thanks for the link. I have a problem with the stop marks, it's a real pain since I'm not physically strong, and I'm wielding a fricken weapon. I'm getting the hang of it though, there's good money in cleaning up porches and decks, since you need good-quality equipment to do it properly.
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    The Sealer Store · 02/15/2009
    Pressure Washers can be safe for wood and decks as long as precautions are taken. Excessive force can damage and splinter the wood causing severe damage. The use of proper deck cleaners while using a pressure washer will improve performance and reduce the need for high pressure. Please read these tips for additional info;

    How to Pressure Wash a Deck ([url]http://www.opwdecks.com/wood-and-deck-pressure-washing.htm[/url])
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    Aries · 02/15/2009
    Not sure if that's what it's called or not. Basically those machines that force water out at a pressure so high, it can even clean off things that steel wool can't make a dent in.

    Is it safe to use these on painted and varnished wood? Or would it end up stripping them right off?
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    The Sealer Store · 01/31/2009
    If you want to apply a different stain other then the Cabot, then you should remove the coating with a deck stripper ([url]http://www.opwdecks.com/wooddeckstrippers.htm[/url]). Using just a deck cleaner is okay if you want to use the same brand, but when changing to a different brand you should remove the old coating.

    In general, oil-based stains can attract mold. Some do better then others in wet climates though. If you want an oil-based product then I would suggest either the TWP brand or the Timberoil brand.
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    The Sealer Store · 01/29/2009
    I have an issue with mold on my deck. It seems like it is in the Cabot stain that I applied. What is the best way to clean and remove the mold prior to adding a new stain. What would be a good choice for a stain that doesn't get moldy.

    Thanks for the great website!