Restore-A-Deck Cleaner

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Each Container Makes 5 Liquid Gallons to cover 750-1000 sq. feet

Restore-A-Deck Wood Cleaner is a powdered concentrate that is mixed with water. It safely cleans and restores the natural beauty of exterior wood. This product also cleans weathered composite lumber, removing mold, mildew, and algae along with the silver-gray color that can develop over time. Restores all wood surfaces to their original appearance Restore-A-Deck Wood Cleaner will not harm wood fibers, pets, grass, or most plants.

This product is Step 1 Cleaner of the Restore A Deck system.

Restore-A-Deck Wood Cleaner removes dirt, grime, mold and mildew stains, and weathered graying from horizontal and vertical wood surfaces. It is recommended for surface preparation prior to application or reapplication of wood stains. For best results use Restore-A-Deck Wood Stains.


  • Neutralizes stain strippers
  • Brightens and restores wood surfaces
  • Restores pH balance of wood
  • Powdered formula makes 5 liquid gallons when mixed
  • Extremely cost-effective. When mixed, the cost is less than $6 a gallon.
  • Eco-Safe formulas
  • Improves absorption of wood stains
  • Safe to use on all exterior wood surfaces, not just decks

Restore-a-Deck Step 1 is a wood cleaner and preps stains for reapplication of a stain. It is not a stain stripper or remover of old stains. Please see Restore-A-Deck Stripper if you are trying to remove a semi-transparent stain.

Coverage: 750-1000 sq.feet per container.


Monday, 09 April 2018

Best Deck Cleaner for restoring wood!


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    Christopher Culligan · 09/04/2021
    Cedar deck and rails sat for a year before staining. What should my prep be? Do I need to sand or can I just use the cleaner? How many steps to the cleaning, and how long after can I stain? Don’t have a lot of five day stretches without any rain in our future forecast…. 
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      Armstrong · 09/05/2021
      Use this kit for prep:
      48 Hours after to stain.
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        Christopher Culligan · 09/13/2021
        Oops. Embarrassing. Re-read the directions. Power washer is instead of scrubbing the cleaner off. Not for putting it on. I get it now. Sorry for all the messages. Just need to know about the rain situation.

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        Christopher Culligan · 09/13/2021
        Also, how do I use a pressure washer for this? Directions on bag say it’s ok, but they also say to mix the cleaner and brightener with a specific amount of water. My pressure washer, and I think all units that I’ve seen, has a soap reservoir, but it dilutes the mixture as it forces more water through the system. Water comes into the soap reservoir, and then the mixture is forced into the pressurized part of the unit. The more water that goes in, and the more mixture that goes out, the more diluted the mixture gets… right? Will this be ok for the cleaner/brightener? Or am I missing something or misunderstanding how pressure washers work? Let me know. 
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        Christopher Culligan · 09/13/2021
        Thanks for the reply. Is it ok if it rains between cleaning/brightening and staining? 
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    David Rouse · 07/13/2021
    I just cleaned my deck with with restore a deck cleaner kit.   my deck is being stained for the first time after a year.  I ran out of time prior to getting the Brighter on.  Is it ok to put the brighter on tomorrow?
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    Meme · 06/28/2021
    Hi, cypress shou sugi ban siding from Nakamoto Forestry that arrived prestained with AC black walnut. We want to add a maintenance coat this year (1.5 years after install) and they recommend cleaning with manufacturer’s recommended cleaner (which would be RAD cleaner), but we are worried it will strip the original stain and char, especially after watching the video in the “how to apply a maintenance coat” where it looks like all the original stain was removed from the deck. Please advise.
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      Armstrong · 06/28/2021
      It may remove some but that is okay. It would only do this if the stain is starting to fail. Just prep and recoat as suggested.
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    Robert Bedard · 06/21/2021
    Hi, new cedar deck sat for a year and we just cleaned and brightened over weekend. After I see Greyish spots and want to make sure we are ok to stain. Thanks 
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      Armstrong · 06/22/2021
      That is oxidation around the knots that did not come off when you cleaned. It is typically not an issue as the stain will darken the wood color. You can redo the prep if you want to get more off.
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    Bernard Marchive · 04/05/2021
    I have a bad area ( under the BBQ ) with grease ... on my EPA deck
    I got my delivery of Amber Stain last week and i am ready to go
    how can i clean that space ?
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      Armstrong · 04/05/2021
      Grease cannot be cleaned out of IPE if deep in the wood grain.
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    Julia · 03/13/2021
    Hello, we have a new IPE deck, installed a few months ago. We are ready to stain it with AC black
    Walnut. We started by sanding the whole deck with 80 grit sandpaper to get scratches and sticker marks off. After the initial sanding, we pressure washed with water. It’s looking a tad blotchy and my concern is the AC black walnut will only enhance the blotchiness. My question is with new IPE, should we still do the restore and deck cleaner and brightener? Or just the cleaner? Or neither?

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    Richard Kucharzak · 09/15/2020
    Is it OK to clean and re-stain if day temps are in 70's but nights are 50' & mid 40's ?
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    Chris S · 06/15/2020
    I stained my new deck with Armstrong Clark last year. What should I clean with?
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      Armstrong · 06/15/2020
      Warm water and dish soap unless you are planning on recoating. If so, use the RAD Kits.
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    Chris Moder · 10/24/2019
    I have a deck KDAT wood deck that was installed about a year and a half ago and stained with AC Amber stain. It has been holding up very well, but I want to be sure to stay ahead of the game in terms of re-staining. I believe the counsel you offered was to re-stain within 1.5 to 2 years, and then every 3 to 5 years thereafter (depending on the conditions).
    1) Is this understanding correct?
    2) If so, at this point, I would like to just clean the deck and handrail surfaces, and then perform the two-step prep process in about 6 to 9 months before re-staining. Can I just use the step one AC cleaner product, and then use both step one and step two just before re-staining later? I just want to be sure that the cleaner will not remove any of the original stains' UV and other protections.
    3) Will the cleaner and/or brightener harm painted metal spindles and post caps in the railing?
    4) Also, will it be best to wait to do the cleaning until after all the leaves are down (to remove any staining caused by fallen leaves that are not removed immediately)?
    Thank you for your advice.
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      Armstrong · 10/24/2019
      1. Every 2-3 years thereafter or as needed.
      2. You cannot just clean/prep the deck with the Step 1 without staining it. The cleaner is used only when reapplication is going to be done right away. Best to do both steps now and then stain or wait the 6-9 months and do it all then.
      3. They shouldn't.
      4. You cannot use the cleaner to just remove dirt and leaf stains. See #2.
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        Chris · 10/24/2019
        Thank you for your response. Is there another product you could recommend to simply clean the deck, without leaving it in a condition that requires re-staining right away? I just want to clean the deck, at this time.
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          Armstrong · 10/25/2019
          Just warm water and some dish soap. Apply and lightly mop then rinse.
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    aldrin · 07/07/2018
    hi mi name is Aldrin, why is the 1 gln stain more expensive then the 5 gln stain per gln?
    what is the weightb of the 1 gln and the 5 gln container?
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      Armstrong · 07/08/2018
      5 Gallon pails ship free. Single gallons do not. 9 pounds per gallon for the weight.