- Cleans Composite & Vinyl Decking
- Safer Than Chlorine Bleach
- Cleans Vinyl & Aluminum Siding
- Easy to Use – Simply Dilute in 5 Gallons Warm Water
- Safe for Plants & Vegetation
DEFY Composite Deck Cleaner is a safe, oxygen bleach deck cleaner that effectively removes black stains caused by algae, dirt, grime, and weathered graying from composite wood surfaces. Unlike chlorine bleach, this environmentally friendly deck cleaner is biodegradable and will not harm composite wood fibers, pets, grass, or most plants.
Using a chlorine bleach not only harms the wood as well as the vegetation surrounding the deck, but it doesn’t actually clean or remove any stains. It just bleaches them out. DEFY Composite Deck Cleaner is a safe, powdered concentrate that is mixed with water to safely clean and restore the natural beauty of exterior wood.
How to Apply DEFY Composite Deck Cleaner
When you use DEFY Composite Deck Cleaner, you can watch it work as it foams up and penetrates down into the pores of the wood to give your composite deck a thorough cleaning. To use, simply mix 3/4 cup cleaner to each gallon of water. A gallon of solution will treat 100-200 sq. ft. This product works best when mixed with lukewarm water. Product can be applied with a mop, deck brush, or pump-up garden sprayer. If using a garden sprayer, pour solution through a mesh cheese-cloth to filter out any undissolved granules to prevent sprayer nozzle from clogging. Once solution is applied to the deck, allow it to set for 15-20 minutes, then scrub with a stiff-bristle brush and rinse completely. A pressure washer can be used instead of a scrub brush if desired, but remember to use the lowest pressure tip possible to avoid damaging the surface.
Recommended Use & Coverage
DEFY Composite Deck Cleaner is recommended for use on all vinyl and composite decks as well as vinyl and aluminum siding. A 2 lb container of DEFY Composite Deck Cleaner makes five gallons of solution and will clean approximately 500-1,000 total square feet (or 100-200 square feet per gallon).
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- DEFY not only stains the wood, but it also seals it against water penetration
- DEFY stains can be applied to visibly dry wood or wood that is slightly damp. This makes it possible to clean, brighten and stain all in one day.
- DEFY stains are penetrating stains that soak into the wood pores to form a strong, long-lasting bond.
- No messy solvents needed! Clean-up is easy with just soap and water.
- DEFY offers clear, semi-transparent, and solid stains in a variety of colors that not only protect but beautify your wood.
- DEFY stains are available in flat, natural-looking finishes as well as finishes with a satin sheen (DEFY Ultra).
- DEFY stains are formulated with the latest technology, combined with high-quality ingredients that create a lasting finish that is not prone to peeling, premature fading, or graying.
- DEFY stains offer weather protection from the sun, rain, and snow.
DEFY stands behind the integrity of our products. If you are not satisfied with the performance of this product, and provide that you have followed label instructions, return the unused portion with a proof of purchase for refund or replacement of product.
This guarantee does not include the cost of labor for removal or application of the product.
When you've been making wood stain products as long as we have, you get used to answering similar questions. So we've gathered some of our most frequently asked questions for you here.
If you can't find the answer you're looking for below, we have more FAQ's here. Our blog is also has helpful resources and videos designed to help homeowners with every type of wood stain project.
CLEANING & PREPARATION
The answer varies based on the current condition of your wood. If you do decide to pressure wash your deck, use pressure between 1,000 or 1,200 psi. Also be sure to work with the grain and never against it, as it will cause damage to the wood's surface and splinters.
If you don't have easy access to a pressure washer or have to pay to rent one, we recommend DEFY Wood Cleaner instead. It's easy to use and will clean deep into the wood, which makes your next coat of wood stain more effective and more beautiful.
If you are using an oil-based stain, definitely. You can use DEFY stains, which are water-based products, even when the surface is slightly damp.
With oil based stains, wood must be bone-dry before you can begin staining. However, DEFY stains are water-based, so you can use them even when the surface is slightly damp.
If your wood is in constant shade and moisture is present often, you might never be able to prevent mold and mildew completely. However, you can improve your chances with a professional-grade synthetic stain (like DEFY Extreme Wood Stain) compared to an oil based stain. Oils are a critical food source that mold and mildew feed on, so by eliminating the oil from your deck it's less likely to return.
Use a diluted bleach solution to clean it off. Mix DEFY Wood Cleaner with water (five parts water to one part cleaner), spray it on, let it set for five or ten minutes, and rinse it off. The mildew should die off in the process. To prevent it from coming back, stain your deck with DEFY Ultra Wood Stain for the ultimate mold and mildew protection.
TOOLS & APPLICATION
The best tool for the job varies by the type of job. For decks, the quickest and easiest method to apply DEFY deck stain is with a "car wash" brush. Some have handles and some are handheld and they can be found in most home improvement stores.
You can, but we don't recommend it. Paint rollers were designed for thick paint, not water-based wood stains. Using a roller will often simply push the stain around on the surface and not force it into the pores. It can also leave a stipple effect in the finish when the stain has dried.
When using a semi-transparent DEFY stain (Essential, Extreme or Ultra), only apply as much stain as the wood can absorb easily. If any puddles form during your staining process, be sure to brush them out to disperse the puddle.
DEFY Essential and Extreme stains have a flat finish, so if a gloss has formed on the surface the stain has been over-applied. Over time, it will be likely to peel. Even after two coats, your deck should still have a flat finish.
With DEFY Ultra stains, two coats will result in a satin finish. One coat will appear flat. A glossy appearance, would still indicate an over-application.
This can vary slightly based on where you live, but typically the Spring and Fall offer the easiest conditions to work in. Below 80° is ideal and regardless of the season, it's best to stay out of direct sunlight because it can cause the stain to dry too quickly.
CARE & MAINTENANCE
We know it's easier NOT to stain your deck, but we've designed DEFY wood stains to be the next easiest thing! Leaving your deck untreated, means you'll be building a new deck in a few years and that's much more expensive than protecting the one you've already got.
Your home's outdoor spaces are extension of your life and they deserve both beauty and protection. DEFY wood stains will help protect your investment from UV rays, stains from mold and mildew, and moisture. Restore and extend the life of your deck with DEFY.
That’s easy! Clean your deck with DEFY Wood Brightener, which will give it a boost in appearance. You can also apply one, light coat of new stain once you've brightened.
Yes, DEFY Composite Deck Sealer works well on most composite wood surfaces. Just follow all of the directions in the same way that you would if you were staining regular wood and you'll love the results!
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CLEAN or STRIP
If your wood that is weathered, dirty, graying, or already has a worn out stain on it, use DEFY Wood Cleaner. If there is existing, weathered stain that is still holding up, use DEFY Stain Stripper instead. These products help prepare your wood to receive the maximum amount of new stain and give the entire surface a consistent color.
Once the wood has been cleaned or stripped, use DEFY Wood Brightener to neutralize and brighten the surface.
It also opens the wood pores, so that they can receive the maximum amount of stain.
DEFY offers a variety of stains designed specifically for exterior wood, marine wood and composite wood. Choose your preferred stain color and transparency, then apply one or two coats to protect the natural appearance of your wood.
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