Faded decking

@webeishere (36353)
United States
April 14, 2009 4:56pm CST
This photo shows my front deck. It is about 3 years old and is very faded from sunshine etc. I am planning on staining and water treating it this summer. What I want to know is there a cleaner I can make myself to clean the deck prior to staining it? The deck cleaners at Home Depot etc are way too exspensive for me so I want to make my own. Any and all remedies are greatly appreciated. HAPPY POSTINGS FROM GRANDPA BOB!!~
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@tyc415 (5706)
• United States
14 Apr 09
Sorry I can't help you out here on this one. Did you look at the container and see what "ingredients" was in it? I think I would be afraid to make my own, I would probably end up making something that would over power me with fumes. haha
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@webeishere (36353)
• United States
14 Apr 09
Yeah I did and way too many chemical names listed. HAHAHA! HAPPY POSTINGS FROM GRANDPA BOB!!~
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@lilaclady (28245)
• Australia
14 Apr 09
I have noticed that most deckings have the ridges side of the planks are always facing up but I saw on a maintenance show on TV that the ridges should be facing down, something to do withair flow or something..maybe someone can tell us if theis is right or not because nearly all deckings I have seen are ridges up...
@webeishere (36353)
• United States
14 Apr 09
Ridges? I am lost. Mine is just flat wood boards. HAPPY POSTINGS FROM GRANDPA BOB!!~
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@lilaclady (28245)
• Australia
14 Apr 09
Decking - grooved decking boards
oh ok, here in Australia most decking has ridges on one side, I always thought it was a non slip thing but from what the maintenance people said on this show no everyone puts them up the wrong way....maybe they don't have these boards everywhere. Ah I just checked it out, it is called grooved decking ....
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@webeishere (36353)
• United States
14 Apr 09
They do sell grooved decking but this is not that type. HAPPY POSTINGS FROM GRANDPA BOB!!~
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@dragon54u (31607)
• United States
15 Apr 09
I've heard that decks are a lot of trouble. My neighbors spent most of the day Saturday power-spraying their deck, lawn furniture, etc. Seems like an awful lot of trouble.
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@webeishere (36353)
• United States
15 Apr 09
Yeah but they are nice looking. The sun fades them each year and they need water protection added every two years usually. HAPPY POSTINGS FROM GRANDPA BOB!!~
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@BarBaraPrz (19384)
• St. Catharines, Ontario
14 Apr 09
You could use bleach and tsp in a pail of water, but it wouldn't be entirely environmental...
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@Darkwing (21588)
15 Apr 09
If it were me, I'd just use whatever I use to wash the indoors floor with and then rinse it off with clear water and leave to dry before applying the staining. You might have to scrub a little but it should do the trick. Just detergent in water would do it, I would think. Brightest Blessings.
@webeishere (36353)
• United States
15 Apr 09
I was just thinking some mild dishsoap and waqter myself. HAPPY POSTINGS FROM GRANDPA BOB!!~
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@Darkwing (21588)
16 Apr 09
Yes, that would be great. It might take some of the oils out of the wood, but then the weather conditions do that anyway, and if you're going to protect and stain it, you will be fine!
14 Apr 09
Hi GRANDPA BOB, My husband used Flash floor cleaner on his deckings and it came out well, now my neighbours wants him to go and clean theirs as well, he has got a jet washer as well. Tamara
@webeishere (36353)
• United States
15 Apr 09
Is FLASH a name brand of cleaner? Is it basically a floor cleaner? HAPPY POSTINGS FROM GRANDPA BOB!!~
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15 Apr 09
Hi GRANDPA BOB, Flash is just an ordernery kitchen floor cleaner, any floor cleaner would do to clean the deck, it won't do any harm to the wood. Tamara
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@spalladino (17926)
• United States
14 Apr 09
Hi Grandpa Bob! I asked my husband who's a retired general contractor and he said that the only alternative to the products they sell at Home Depot is soap and a pressure cleaner. It takes power to clean an old deck which is why they sell those chemical cleaners.
@webeishere (36353)
• United States
14 Apr 09
Bummer. I think I have a small pressure washer. Don't know if it works or not though. Thanks bunches. HAPPY POSTINGS FROM GRANDPA BOB!!~
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• Indonesia
15 Apr 09
it's so nice.. help me so much
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@lilybug (21148)
• United States
15 Apr 09
I honestly have no idea about homemade cleaners for cleaning your deck. The only thing I could think of is a power washer if you have one of those.
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@Chevee (5915)
• United States
18 Apr 09
I found this site GrandPaBob. Try the one that says use oxygen bleach. Here is the link to the site I found. http://www.askthebuilder.com/DeckMaintenance.shtml
@maximax8 (27344)
• United Kingdom
15 Apr 09
I suggest soap and water to get the decking as clean as possible then try painting your decking with a varnish to make the color look lovely. I cleaned my deck this spring and it came up looking much nicer. I do intend to varnish it this summer. I worried about upsetting my allergies though. Good luck with your decking my friend Grandpa Bob.
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@busyB4 (875)
• United States
15 Apr 09
Though I havent tried it, I have been told just a half half mixture of bleach and water with a pressure washer works , so you might want to give it a try. At least it is cheap and if it works - yeah! If not , it cant hurt!
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• United States
15 Apr 09
I good strong hose wash will work on a sunny day will work My mom sprayed her deck off with her garden hose and stained it and it turned out really good. well She did use some dawn dish liquid and a scrub brush. But it cleaned it up pretty good than she let it dry and stained it. It amazing what dawn can do.
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@onlydia (2808)
• United States
15 Apr 09
The only thing I can think of is a power sprayer. And that hooks to your hose out side and you can rent one. No cleaners involed. just water. Maybe try that. Your friend onlydia
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@KrauseHome (34983)
• United States
25 Apr 09
Personally I am not sure what would work the Best for you, but what we seem to always use to clean everything is a Cleaner from a wellness company, or a mixture of Lemon scented ammonia and water. I would think maybe if you did a search online you might be able to find things that others have recommended for things like this for sure.
@mummymo (23709)
23 Apr 09
My other half did his mums last year and simply sprinkled salt on the decking and then used a scrubbing brush and soapy water over it and rinsed well - it came up a treat and was ready for staining in no time! xxx
@reinydawn (11650)
• United States
18 Apr 09
We have the non-wood decking (can' remember what it's called right now). But even when we had wood, my husband would usually just use the pressure washer, no cleaner.
@saundyl (9690)
• Canada
16 Apr 09
Hmmm...I hadnt thought of needing to use a cleaner - i just borrow dad's pressure washer before i weatherproof and stain my decks. (need to do that yearly at my house for weather proofing I'll be repainting the one this year as well.)
• Janesville, Wisconsin
15 Apr 09
We do not remember the name of what we used.. But my Dad said he got it from Menards... Home depot tends to be expensive on alot of things. Sorry I do not remember the name of it. Good thing I asked Dad lol. I thought my family just swept it and sprayed it with a hose lol... no they used a deck cleaner.. It might be expensive but its worth it instead of replacing the entire deck sooner in the long run I think :) . - DNatureofDTrain