New or Gray looking Decks/Wood
When cleaning Wood or Decks, use the Restore-A-Deck Kit. This will open the pores and remove any graying and or dirt. This is important even for new wood. New wood has a mill glaze that should be removed prior to any stain application. For removal of old stain see Wood Stain Strippers.
*Make sure that you follow all manufacturers instructions
Previously Stained Deck/Wood
When removing a failed transparent wood or deck coating it is needed to use a Wood Stain Stripper. This will soften the old coating allowing easier removal.
Note: It is need not needed to do Step 1 Cleaning if you are using a Stain Stripper.
*This process will work on the majority of transparent and semi-transparent stains. It will not be as effective on solid or opaque stains.
*Make sure that you follow all manufacturers instructions:
Brightening Decks/Wood after Cleaning
When brightening Wood or Decks, use a Wood Deck Brightener. Not only will this "brighten" the wood, it will also neutralize the cleaner or stripper, ensuring that your deck stain will perform properly.
*Make sure that you follow all manufacturer's instructions