Cleans all wood types but is specially formulated for redwood, cedar, mahogany and other highly extractive woods. While many cleaners can darken these woods, Thompson's® WaterSeal® Deck Cleaner & Brightener actually helps restore their natural color and beauty. Deck Cleaner & Brightener also acts as a neutralizing agent after using some cleaners.
Restores wood's natural color & beauty.
Removes tannin bleed/stains & rust.
Removes mill glaze on new wood.
Removes stains from dirt, mildew, algae and fungus.
Use before waterproofing on: decks & fences, outdoor furniture, exterior wood.
Use on redwood, cedar, highly extractive wood, if you need to remove tannin staining and restore lighter color of
redwood/cedar/mahogany or other highly extractive wood species in addition to removing stains from dirt, mildew,
algae & fungus and/or as instructed, to neutralize any wood species after using other cleaners.
Approximately 150-250 square feet per gallon depending on the condition and porosity of the wood.
A trial patch is recommended before starting. Test on an inconspicuous area before applying to entire surface.
DO NOT MIX WITH ANY OTHER PRODUCTS, especially those containing chlorine or bleach (sodium hypochlorite).
Avoid spraying on windy days.
Prior to spraying, close all windows and doors within area in which you are working.
Remove all deck furniture and decorative items that could come in contact with Thompson's® WaterSeal® Deck Cleaner & Brightener. Do not allow product to come in contact with painted or finished surfaces that you do not intend to restore.
Saturate the ground around plants and shrubs with fresh water prior to application. Then cover all plants and shrubs to protect them from overspray. Uncover promptly after use.
Wear a long-sleeved shirt, pants, eye protection and rubber gloves. Do not allow Thompson's® WaterSeal® Deck Cleaner & Brightener to come in prolonged contact with clothing, carpet or fabric, as damage may occur.
Remove any loose dirt and debris from wood. If wood is extremely dry or in direct hot sunlight, wet with water.
Plan the application: for horizontal surfaces, work backwards so you do not walk on the surface being treated. For vertical surfaces, work from the bottom up. Treat small areas at a time.
Exercise caution when working on wet surfaces, as they tend to be slippery.
Add contents of container to a plastic bucket or plastic pump-up sprayer. Do not use a metal container.
For ease of application, apply Thompson's® WaterSeal® Deck Cleaner & Brightener with a pump-up sprayer, or use a synthetic bristle brush or roller.
Apply to no more than 5-10 boards (20 sq. ft.) at a time to maintain adequate surface wetness and allow best results. Immediately and thoroughly rinse any overspray or accidental spills with water.
Allow Thompson's® WaterSeal® Deck Cleaner & Brightener to remain on wood for 10-15 minutes. For best results, lightly scrub surface with a stiff, synthetic bristle brush. Do not let Thompson's® WaterSeal® Deck Cleaner & Brightener completely dry during application.
Thoroughly rinse the surface with a garden hose or pressure washer, removing all residue. After rinsing the surface, be sure to saturate the ground around plants and shrubs with fresh water.
Stubborn stains or missed areas may need to be scrubbed with additional Thompson's® WaterSeal® Deck Cleaner & Brightener and rinsed again.
Wait 2-3 days, depending on weather conditions, for the wood to dry thoroughly before applying a Thompson's® WaterSeal® waterproofer or stain.
Rinse equipment and brushes thoroughly with soap and water.