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

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    Arifa · 10/29/2014
    I recently had some building work done and the cement has caused green stains on my newly installed Garapa deck.is there a way to remove the green stains?
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    The Sealer Store · 09/06/2014
    The RAD is more for when you reapply. If you are just trying to remove some dirt, then use soapy dish water or similar.
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    denis · 09/06/2014
    It's been about 2 months since I've stained my deck with a Armstrong semi- transparent stain. I want to clean the deck. I still have some restore a deck cleaner & brightner left from when I stained it . Can I use the just the cleaner or do I have to use both. My main concern is that the cleaner is too strong & will remove some of the stain I just put on. Or is there something else I can use.
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    The Sealer Store · 07/21/2014
    Not sure what you could use.
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    m manganielo · 07/21/2014
    hello, i have used the deck cleaner and brightener with excellent results, have also used a recommended stain that i am very happy with. now the problem, i have a 12 foot long 2 inch wide strip i need to add to the deck.

    i have the deck cleaner and stain left over, but no brightener. was wondering if there was anything you might recommend i could use, not sure if i am looking for acid or base. seems silly and expensive to order a whole bottle of brightener for such a small amount any help would be greatly appreciated
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    The Sealer Store · 07/03/2014
    If when wet with water that gray does not show than they should not show when stained with the AC.
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    Jeff Faber · 07/03/2014
    I cleaned and brightened 9 month old cedar deck with your products and power washed. As its drying it has Grey spots where i did not powere wash as well. Will this be a problem when I stain with semi trans armstrong cedar?
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    The Sealer Store · 05/05/2014
    Use the Restore A deck Kits and a light pressure washing for the prep. Stain with the Armstrong Clark in the Mahogany color.
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    Rocky · 05/05/2014
    Hi,
    I live in South Florida, and have IPE wood patio furniture that is in serious need of TLC. I would like to know what are all the steps I need to take, and products I need to buy to bring them back to life ;-)
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    The Sealer Store · 04/23/2014
    No you cannot use the injector tube to apply a deck cleaner. Bets to do in small sections so it does not dry out.
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    DuWayne Lund · 04/23/2014
    Sir, Can I use the tube on my pressure washer, the one that drops into a bottle to mix the water and whatever. I want to clean my deck first and have read you tips but it does not say I can do this. It says to wet deck and then apply cleaner and then wash off. Why can't I do it all at one time using the mixture tube and then rinse with clean water when done. Also I have a big deck and am afraid it will dry out before I can get it all done. Also I am 73 and this would work a lot better for me. I bought your products last year and want to put them on shortly, weather permitting. Thank You DuWayne
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    The Sealer Store · 04/14/2014
    More than likely your mixture will result in mold growth. It would be better to use a wood preservative such as the TWP. It does come in clear and would offer much better protection as it is an EPA wood preservative.
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    Page · 04/14/2014
    I just cleaned and brightened my deck with Restore A Deck products. I applied citrus solvent and tung oil as a finish. I'm interested in preserving the wood and not in coloring it. If it goes gray - fine, but want to reduce the drying cracking and save the wood. I live in SC so lots of rain. I'm not interested in coloring the wood - causing wear paths over time. My impression is "I can clean regularly and apply more oil maybe every 2 years or so. Can you advise on my current course and better alternatives?
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    bste · 08/01/2013
    I used thompsons deck cleaner followed by brightner on a 3 yr old cedar deck. i rinsed both for hours- not kidding.
    the finish after the cleaner was pretty good but i left the brightner on too long. i am rinsing again for 2 days now and it's still dull and appears soapy substance is coming up. any tips appreciaed .. clean with tsp and water,, ? use deck brightner again ? please help holidays almost over
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    The Sealer Store · 07/11/2013
    khw, typically you need to wait 24-48 hours for letting the wood dry.
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    khw · 07/11/2013
    well, I let the wrong solution stand for 15 minutes ( the cleaner versus the brightener).
    BUT it came out lightened and blindingly bright anyway. Beginner's luck, I guess.. plus it was a brand new deck, so not that dirty. Was just too eager to use the product and get to the job..
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    khw · 07/11/2013
    Hi,
    rained mon/into tues early morning.. cleaned 9 month old pressure treated lumber deck with RAD Tuesday.. no sun..deck stayed moist due to previous rain.. applied with cheap sponge mop,lightly scrubbed with deck brush.. let stand 15 minutes..rinsed off thoroughly.. applied RAD brightener. The deck looks fantastic. BUT.. you recommend 48 hours without rain before staining with AC stain.. then at least 12 hours thereafter for stain dry time.
    For some reason we are having a rainy summer here in northern Ohio. It RAINED AGAIN last night around 8 p.m. for a little bit..
    I was going to stain deck on Friday.. NOW with the rain of last night I must stain on Saturday.. and hope the weekend 30 % chance holds off.
    No trees near deck. southern exposure..full sun when there is sun.
    QUESTION: Must I wait 2 days.. i.e. Saturday to stain or can I get away with staining LATE FRIDAY afternoon?
    Thank you
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    The Sealer Store · 04/19/2013
    I light mixture of the Rad cleaner should work to remove dirt and prep the deck. Maybe 2-4 oz. per gallon of water, apply, them lightly agitate with a soft broom. Rinse when done.
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    Mike P · 04/19/2013
    I tried to post this yesterday but it never appeared. Im cleaning a deck that was stained last spring. I dont want to damage or remove the stain so would the RAD cleaner or brightener work best for this type of clean? Thank you!
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    The Sealer Store · 01/31/2013
    A deck cleaner like Restore-A-Deck or Defy Wood Cleaner would help remove dirt and grime.