Our deck cleaner is a must before staining or sealing. Flowers and grass tend to surround almost every deck and those of you that have had a bad experience with toxic deck cleaners will appreciate the fact that our deck cleaner will not harm your landscaping, in fact, the products life is only 4 -6 hours before it biodegrades back into water, that is what makes our deck cleaner the greenest on the planet. You will not find bleach, chlorine or phosphates in our deck cleaners, our cleaners are SAFE, GREEN and EFFECTIVE, try it.
Description: Use a wide angle pressure washer to completely remove dirt, mildew and cleaner residue. After the deck is free from existing stain or sealant, clean it. (If you didn’t have to strip the deck, this will be your first step.) When looking at deck cleaners, you’ll probably find one of these active ingredients:
Chlorine bleach, which appears on the label as sodium hypochlorite, calcium hypochlorite or dichloroisocyanurate. These chemicals do a good job getting rid of mildew, but they are less effective at removing dirt. They are usually mixed in with other ingredients. Chlorine bleach products can be harsh on wood if used improperly, causing fuzzing and uneven coloration. Use a chlorine bleach product if you have a mildew problem, but be careful not to mix it any stronger than the manufacturer recommends. Also, rinse well.
Oxalic acid, which usually will be listed that way in the ingredients list. Oxalic acids are particularly effective at removing tannin stains and iron stains — a particular consideration with cedar and redwood decks. Oxalic acid is not as effective against mildew. If you have a mildew problem, try a cleaner made with bleach before using oxalic acid to attack the tannin and iron stains.
|DeckGeneral® WOOD BRIGHTENER 4022||Phosphoric acid based wood brightener|
|DeckGeneral® DOWN STREAM INJECTABLE WOOD BRIGHTENER 4441||Phosphoric acid based wood brightener for down stream injectors|
|DeckGeneral® WOOD BRIGHTENER 5664||Citric acid based wood brightener|
|DeckGeneral® HOSE END WOOD BRIGHTENER 5753||Phosphoric acid based wood brightener for hose end spray applications|
Use as a cleaner or before staining or sealing, great on mahogany, teak, pine cedar or any wood, pressure treated or composite surface. Great on decks, fences, docks, furniture, shingle shakesUV rays penetrate 1/64″ of wood, which causes graying. Apply a brightener and cleaner to restore the wood’s natural beauty.
Deck cleaners help remove dirt, nail stains, algae, and mildew. If your deck is not brand new, always use a cleaner before applying finish.Cleaners are available in premixed liquid concentrates. Carefully read the manufacturer’s directions before using the material, and follow all safety precautions and warnings on the label.Water test to make sure the wood can absorb the cleaner. Wear safety goggles, a long-sleeved shirt and pants. Do not wear sandals or open-toed shoes.
1. Remove all deck furniture.
2. Sand splintered areas with 80-grit paper. Repair damaged boards.
3. Sand splintered areas with 80-grit paper. Repair damaged boards.
4. Sweep off loose debris and clean between the cracks of the boards.
5. Wet surrounding plants and shrubs. Cover them with clear plastic.
6. For concentrated cleaners, follow the manufacturer’s mixing directions.
7. Some cleaners require the surface to be damp before applying, while others require the surface to be dry. Consult the product label.
8. Use a paint roller with an extension handle, a garden sprayer, or a stiff-bristled push broom to apply cleaner to the entire deck. Don’t allow cleaner to puddle in any area.
9. Speed up the process by having one person apply the cleaner and another person back roll the deck. Back rolling is a process in which one person uses a roller or broom to spread any puddles.
10. keep the deck wet with cleaner. Do not allow cleaner to dry.
11. Scrub tough areas with a stiff brush or broom. Avoid using wire brushes or brooms. The bristles can break off into the wood and cause rust spots.
12. Allow the cleaner to soak into the wood. Soaking time is usually no more than ten minutes, but check the product instructions.
13. Rinse the deck thoroughly with a hose.
Water Test: If the water beads up or stands on the deck, your deck may not need sealing yet. A water test is the easiest way to ensure that the wood can absorb sealer or finish. Sprinkle water on the deck. If it soaks in immediately, the deck can be sealed. If the water beads up or stands on the deck your deck may not need sealing yet.When you are certain the deck needs sealer, lightly sand rough spots with a pole sander and 80-grit paper. Be sure to wear a mask so you will not inhale the sawdust.
SAFETY NOTE: Wear rubber gloves, close-toed shoes, a long-sleeved shirt and pants when applying deck chemicals to minimize the chance of skin irritation. Also, wear safety glasses to protect your eyes from back spray. Follow all manufacturer’s safety instructions.