*Picture shows a wood brightening solution applied on the right. No brightener on the left!
Wood brightening or neutralizing is a critical step in the sealing process of your deck that’s often overlooked. Why? Because the contractor may not even bring this up to the customer when quoting them a price or the contractor may not even know this step even exists. Educating your customer with this critical step is absolutely vital to the final sealing process and should not be overlooked.
The use of Deck Cleaners and Deck Stain Strippers when prepping wood for a coat of deck stain causes the pH balance to increase. This is due to the mild caustics (bases) that the cleaners and strippers use, making the products more effective in the cleaning process. The side effect is that the pH is changed and will “darken” the natural wood color. The Deck Brightener (mild acids) will neutralize the caustic of the cleaner or stripper setting the pH balance to a neutral level. Using a deck brightener will increase the longevity of the stain as well.
When applied you can actually watch the wood brighten right before your eyes within the first 60 seconds of applying it. Wait about 10-15 minutes than simply rinse off thoroughly with a very low pressure.
At PlanetGreen PowerWash we include this in every deck clean and seal we do so you can be sure to get the best looking finish possible.