Non toxic deck cleaner?

torajimaMarch 22, 2008

I need to clean the dirt and algae off my deck before restaining it. I bought some deck cleaner from Lowes, but the warnings on it are pretty frightening.

I've got pets that lay on the deck and even eat off the deck, and a bunch of perennials growing right next to the deck, so I'd prefer to use something a little less toxic.

Has anyone tried Simple Green's deck cleaner, and does it work?

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To be safe, I would get a hard scrub brush with some bleach & water. Wet the deck, apply bleach and SCRUB away. You can rent a pressure washer to remove the harder stains.
Gas pressure washers are the best, just make sure to use the "fan" setting or risk tearing holes in your deck.
Practice using the washer on a sheet of plywood to get the hang of it before using on a deck.

    Bookmark   March 22, 2008 at 11:59AM
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Thanks, but I've heard that pressure washers can damage the wood if you don't know what you're doing (and I haven't a clue).

And I would prefer to use something less toxic than bleach, if possible.

    Bookmark   March 22, 2008 at 12:23PM
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    Bookmark   March 24, 2008 at 3:52PM
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I've used and like the Dekswood from Flood.
Pressure-washing is great...BUT...
>>> Keep the pressure to 500 psi or less.
>>> Keep tip ONE FOOT away.
>>> Keep the tip moving.

Any higher than 500 psi, and you're crushing wood fibers...which is exactly what you DON'T want to do!!

If deck is 5 years old or more...sand it instead of "wet"-cleaning.

Check out Sikkens website too. Very good cleaning advice.


Here is a link that might be useful: Sikkens website

    Bookmark   March 25, 2008 at 12:29PM
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Sol-U-Mel wonderful cleaner, non-toxic. I have found that it works on just about anything!

    Bookmark   February 17, 2009 at 9:01PM
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You can try OxiClean, or CorteClean. A little harder to use but non-toxic and can be effective if you really stick to it.

    Bookmark   February 27, 2009 at 11:35AM
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