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

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    Stephanie Koenig · 11/02/2015
    I used Wolman deck brite to clean my new redwood steps after they'd gotten dirty, and as a way to prepare them for a treatment. But even though I followed the directions on the DeckBrite package, the product dulled my redwood boards. They now look darker and duller. I used a brush to clean after the foaming time, but have not used a power washer. Would it help if I used a power washer?
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    The Sealer Store · 10/10/2015
    Karen, use the Restore A Deck Kits that we sell.
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    Karen Danison · 10/09/2015
    I have a porch made of marine grade lumber and I am wondering what is the safest way to clean it. Thank you for any help.
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    The Sealer Store · 09/01/2015
    Will not harm glass but keep off aluminum and the siding.
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    Mike_blz · 08/31/2015
    I'm trying to figure out if I should mask off the house or not to clean my deck. Do you know if the restore -a -deck cleaner and brightener has any adverse affects on glass, stained fiber cement siding, or aluminum windows trim?
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    The Sealer Store · 08/19/2015
    Yes but you will need to let it dry for 48 hours after a heavy rain.
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    chris390 · 08/19/2015
    Question if I clean/brighten the cedar is it ok if it gets rained on during the 48 hours between when you cleaned/brightened the wood and stain it.
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    The Sealer Store · 07/21/2015
    Franco, No need to strip. Prep with a Restore A Deck Kit which is a cleaner followed by the brightener.
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    franco · 07/19/2015
    strip clean brighten? in what order are these steps? deck is about 3 yr.s old this is my first house and it has a deck. i have no idea how old it actually is or what was done to it. it looks weathered and worn with a greyish color. deep splinters and boards curling upward.
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    The Sealer Store · 05/27/2015
    Hard to clean without removing some of the stain. Try water with a little bit of dish soap. Lightly agitate with a car was brush.
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    Eliot · 05/27/2015
    Last summer I installed a new cedar deck that faces south and is uncovered. I followed all you recommendations for cleaning and preparing prior to using Armstrong & Clark stain. Staining was completed Sept 2014. The deck still looks great but is 'dirty' in spots from our harsh Michigan winter. I do not think I have to re-stain the deck yet, but I'd like your advice for what to use for a simple cleaning. I'd like to avoid re-staining since it's only been 8 months since original stain and it still looks great. Any ideas?
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    The Sealer Store · 05/04/2015
    Apply one coat of stain this year and another light coat to the floors next year if needed. You are on edge of needing the Restore a Deck 300 or the 600. Hard to say for sure if the 300 will be enough. The RAD will not remove the inks stamps. You will need to sand this off first then use the prep kit.
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    Thomas Riccardi · 05/04/2015
    How do I remove the bluish-purpleish ink that was stamped on the pressure treated lumber. I assume the transparent stain will not hide it.
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    Thomas Riccardi · 05/04/2015
    I have a new pressure treated pine deck (approx. 850 square feet. Brand new this past August 2014. Waited until now to stain. How much Restore a Deck cleaner/brightner do I need. I have been told different amounts. Also, I was told by one employee on the ephone that I only need to do one coat of the stain because it has never been stained before and two coats won't absorb correctly. I am planning on using DEFY Extreme Stain, natural pine.
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    The Sealer Store · 04/27/2015
    Use the Restore a Deck Cleaner.
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    BR44425 · 04/27/2015
    I treated my deck 2 years ago with TWP and need to give the floor a new coat this year. What is the best cleaner to use for this application? I don't want to strip off the sealant just clean the deck. Would the EFC-38 be to strong?
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    The Sealer Store · 03/29/2015
    Sorry but without knowing what is causing the darkening there, it is not possible for us to give any suggestions.
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    Stephen Galyen · 03/28/2015
    Any suggestions to remove the darker stains at the end cap..like at the slanted edges of handrails and tips of fenceposts?

    Stephen Galyen
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    Arifa · 10/29/2014
    The green stains appeared wherever the cement came into contact with the wood.
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    The Sealer Store · 10/29/2014
    No idea on this as we are not sure what caused the green stains.