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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.


  1. Wet deck down thoroughly with water. Take extra care to pre-rinse vegetation.
  2. Apply the Step 1from the Restore-A-Deck Kit following manufacturer's directions. Most cleaners can be applied with a pump-up sprayer. The cleaner should dwell on the wood for 5-15 minutes. Make sure that you mist the deck with water if it starts to dry. Use protective clothing, glasses,and gloves.
  3. Pressure Wash or Hand Scrub the wood to remove dirt, graying, mold, mildew. If there is a previous coating and it starts to come off unevenly, then you may want to consider using a Wood Stain Stripper. This will ensure a more even appearance when stained.
  4. When done washing take time to rinse all wood, home, vegetation, etc to remove the cleaner residue,grime, and wood fibers.
  5. Use the Step 2 from the Restore-A-Deck Kit to "brighten" the wood and neutralize the cleaner back to the proper pH balance for the wood. This should dwell on the wood for 5-15 minutes. Once done make sure to rinse the wood, home, vegetation, etc.
  6. Wood should dry for 48 hours prior to applying a TWP Stain.

*Make sure that you follow all manufacturers instructions

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RE: Wood and Deck Cleaning
Quoting Rick K:
I have a new cedar deck built last year that was not sealed. I've received a quote from a professional deck cleaner to power wash the deck and apply 2 coats of TWP. However, his approach is to power wash, and then install the first coat, let that coat dry (or sink in) for a day or so, and then apply the second. That does not seem to align with the recommendations I read on your website. Can you comment on this? Wouldn't it be better to 'save' the second coat for next year as a maintenance coat? Also, he does not use a cleaner/brightener during the power washing. Should I insist on the use of Restore-A-Deck?

Yes if you do a second coat it should be applied wet on wet. If not then wait until next Spring. You should always use a cleaner and brightener with prep. Pressure washing alone can damage to wood if done to aggressively.
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Homeowner
I have a new cedar deck built last year that was not sealed. I've received a quote from a professional deck cleaner to power wash the deck and apply 2 coats of TWP. However, his approach is to power wash, and then install the first coat, let that coat dry (or sink in) for a day or so, and then apply the second. That does not seem to align with the recommendations I read on your website. Can you comment on this? Wouldn't it be better to 'save' the second coat for next year as a maintenance coat? Also, he does not use a cleaner/brighte ner during the power washing. Should I insist on the use of Restore-A-Deck?
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RE: Wood and Deck Cleaning
Quoting Tom Keehn:
I applied TWP 100 series stain last June and I want to apply another coat this year. What do you recommend I clean the deck with this year before applying another coat of stain? The deck still looks great but I just want to get some of the winter grime off, bird poop, etc. but I don't want to harm the existing stain. Someone recommended TWP Deck Maintain, is that OK for my deck? Thanks

Deck Maintain is not made anymore. A light was with soapy water may be enough or you can use the Gemini Restore Kit at a lower concentration.
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RE: Wood and Deck Cleaning
I applied TWP 100 series stain last June and I want to apply another coat this year. What do you recommend I clean the deck with this year before applying another coat of stain? The deck still looks great but I just want to get some of the winter grime off, bird poop, etc. but I don't want to harm the existing stain. Someone recommended TWP Deck Maintain, is that OK for my deck? Thanks
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RE: Wood and Deck Cleaning
Warren, the TWP Clear does not offer Uv protection from graying. If you want UV protection then you must pick a stain color. Coverage varies depending on the amount of coats, application procedure, and age of the wood. You will need somewhere between 35-50 gallons for 5000 sq. feet.
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mr.
A roofer has recommended your clear seal product after he cleans our cedar shake roof. How many gallons would it take to
adequately do a 5,000 sq ft roof?
Would the use of a colored stain be more
beneficial in maintaining our roof under
these sunny Florida skies?
The roof was last cleaned about two years ago.
Thanks.
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RE: Wood and Deck Cleaning
Peter, it is not supposed to bead water. Read this for maintenance coats:

www.twpstainhelp.com/.../
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Homeowner
Hi,
Purchased TWP 101 cedartone natural last year. I sanded and cleaned old deck sealer off and applied 2 coats of the TWP 101. The dealer in Madison- not sure name. He said I could recoat over the following year if it's not beading water as well. The 2 coats applied last year looks good- but the can does not discuss surface prep of a TWP coated surface for applying another coat. The deck is very clean except for possible dust in the air. Would a water wash and rinse be acceptable for a clean previous applied TWP deck? Thanks- I look forward to your response- Pete
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re: cedar tones
Cedar wood is a yellow orange wood, not a brown. Cedartone colors are yellow/orange as well.

1501 Cedartone is the best of the three stains when it comes to durability and application.
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RE: Wood and Deck Cleaning
Using cedar tones seems to turn most woods yellow rater than
a brown (like cedar) Why?

I have a bunch of TWP 301QD Cedartone ...how does that compare to 501 Cedartone and the newer 1500 Series??
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