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4 Ways to Keep Your Composite Deck Clean During Winter

When it comes to maintaining your home in the winter, landscaping is the first thing that comes to the mind. Nearly all of us think of trimming, pruning and other tasks. Only a realize how important it is to keep your deck clean. It is a pity.


Keeping your composite deck clean in winter is as important as landscaping. Taking care of your deck during the winter will prepare it for spring cleaning, which will ultimately keep your deck in shape and enable it to last for several years. The benefits are many but many homeowners avoid it because they think it is tough. It is not.


Composite deck cleaning prior to winter does not have to be tough. In this blog, we share with you four ways to keep your deck in top shape during the cold months.


Remove Dirt and Debris at Regular Intervals

Leaves, pine needles, and branches will gather on your deck during winter. Remove them all. You can set up a biweekly cleaning schedule and even consider cutting some branches. Not doing this will cause the dirt to build up and may cause mold to begin growing on the surface of your deck.  It may also obstruct ventilation if too much of it accumulates under the deck.  This may cause water to sit and mold to take hold.  After removing the loose stuff from your deck we recommend a quick rinse using Resist Mist Composite Deck Cleaner.


Eliminate Mildew as Soon as it Appears

Never let mildew grow on your deck. Overlooking the problem can lead to permanent damage. You can use Resist Mist’s Composite Deck Cleaner, mix it with water and spray the solution on to the mildew to remove it. Using home-based methods is not recommended because they do not always work. Also, using a pressure washer for removing mildew can cause lasting damage to your deck; your deck may not be able to bear the pressure you will be applying.


Remove Pots and Planters from the Deck

Setting your pots and planters straight on to your deck’s surface can cause staining. These containers usually have drain holes at their base. It means that some of the water you give to your plants flows out of these holes, comes into contact with your deck and stays there. There are two ways out of this problem. First, set pots in a wide container that is off the deck or use a pot caddy that can be found at any big box store. And second, you can the place where your pots are sitting once in a week with our Composite Deck 32 oz Spot Cleaner.


Use Your Deck in the Winter

You will not be inclined to do any of the activities we have mentioned so far if you are not using your deck. It is completely natural.  So, in order to encourage yourself to take care of your deck, start using it. You can barbecue or simply sit around an outdoor fireplace. Just keep the deck in use. It will prevent snow from accumulating and nudge you every now and then to keep your deck in shape.


Removing dirt, debris, and mildew, cleaning the place below the pots and using your deck are excellent ways to keep your composite deck in a good shape and prolong its life.

How Exactly Does Resist Mist Remove Stains from Concrete?

A short answer is emulsification. Now, let’s dive into a long explanation.


I will start with how most cleaners remove stains from concrete. This information will come handy when I will return to Resist Mist later in the blog.


How do most cleaners remove stains from concrete?

Nearly every stain remover your find in your supermarket or online clear stains through one of these four techniques:


1. It dissolves the stains
2. It emulsifies the stains
3. It breaks the stains apart
4. It hides the stains


Cleaners that hide your stains

I will start with number 4 because hiding is the easiest way to get rid of those eyesores on your concrete deck or paver. Bleach works in this way. It hides the stains.


Bleach undergoes a chemical reaction with stain molecules and oxidizes them. The process of oxidation makes stains lose their own colors and become faded. Your stain does not really go anywhere but loses some of their ugliness and becomes more tolerable.  If using bleach, however, use caution as bleach may cause damage or discoloration to some cement or pavers.


Cleaners that break apart stain molecules

Enzymatic cleaners are the antithesis of bleach. Instead of hiding, they break apart stain molecules and make them lose their color.

The molecular structure of the chemicals a stain decides which electromagnetic radiation frequencies will be absorbed and which will be reflected. Enzymatic cleaners destroy this structure. As a result, the internal organization of molecules in the stain goes haywire. So the stains cannot reflect the light on frequencies that make them ugly. Problem solved.


The only downside of enzymatic cleaners is their cost. The good ones are expensive, don’t always work and are hard to find.  The cheap ones are easily found but you will have to buy 3 or 4 to find a good one


Cleaners that dissolve the stains

Some cleaners act as solvents for the substances in stains. The stains dissolve themselves in the cleaner to produce a solution, which is then rinsed away.


A big downside of such cleaners is that you have to choose the right one. If there is an oil stain on your concrete deck, you will need a solvent that can dissolve oils. But if there is a water-based stain, you need a hydrophilic (water-loving) solvent. Chemists call it the “Like dissolves like” principle.


Cleaners that emulsify stains

Resist Mist falls into this category. It brings you the best of solvents and enzymatic cleaners.


When a Resist Mist solution is applied on a stain, the hydrophobic (water-hating) parts insert themselves deep into the stain but the hydrophilic part stays in the water. It happens all over the surface of a stain, giving rise of thousands (or millions) of little anchors. So when you rinse the surface to mop the Resist Mist solution, the stains vanish as you rinse the cleaner.  We call this our Lift and Rinse Technology and it is turning the cleaning world upside down.


It is safe, inexpensive and effective. The soaps you use on your body are essentially emulsifiers. Resist Mist is like soap for your concrete deck. And because it is so powerful and high end, a little goes a long way making it truly inexpensive.  Most customers find they can clean their entire garage, patio or driveway for  than $35.


That’s all, folks!


Return to our blog for more science, and visit our online store to buy Resist Mist  to remove stains from your concrete deck.

3 Reasons to Clean Your Composite Deck Regularly

Just as you shower every day to keep you fresh and hygienic, your composite deck needs periodic cleaning to stay in good shape. Your decks bear a lot. Dirt, pollen, rotten leaves, broken branches, spilled wine, kids dropping their donuts and more. If you do not remove that dirty stuff at regular intervals,  mold and algae will make your deck their home making it unsightly and even shortening the deck’s lifespan. But cleaning your deck does not have to be a huge chore.


Composite deck cleaning is not difficult if you do it systematically and at regular intervals. It can prolong the life of your deck and postpone their replacement, saving you  quite a lot of money. And these are not the only reasons to invest in composite deck cleaners and sealers. Here are the top six reasons to clean your deck periodically:


It Will Increases Your Deck’s Life Expectancy

Accumulated dirt and leaves and standing water on your deck can damage it in two ways. First, rotting leaves and pine needles can reduce your deck’s life. Second, stubborn dirt demands drastic cleaning measures which will compromise your deck’s surface integrity.


Stain Removal is Easy if Done Quickly

Did you spill your wine or coffee on the deck?  Was last night’s party a little too much fun? Whichever it is, the smart way is to clean the stain immediately. Any delay can make the stain permanent itself to your deck. So, do not wait until the end of the winter. Get Resist Mist’s Composite Deck Cleaner in the new easy spot cleaner trigger sprayer.  Simply treat the areas with the stain, rinse and be done. It will be a thousand times easier than fighting against a stubborn stain later.


Your Deck Looks Awesome

An awesome exterior can increase the value of your house by more than 10 percent. This means you cannot overlook your deck’s cleaning if you want to sell it. Even if you are not in a mood to sell your property, you can impress your neighbors and yourself by having an immaculate deck.


Do not wait until the end of winter to clean your deck. Clean it regularly to increase its life and make it look good and stain-free.

Zen and the Art of Composite Deck Cleaning

No one should think of composite deck cleaning as a chore. It can be a form of meditation and that can turn you into a prosperous, healthy and happy person. Don’t believe me? Read these four ways cleaning your deck will change your life.


1. Prosperity, or its absence, is often at the root of several kinds of dukkha (suffering). Cleaning your deck can keep prosperity on your side. Think about it: How much can you save by not replacing your deck every few years? The figure will be such a huge number over your lifetime that it will make you unhappy. Do not let outside factors control your happiness. Clean your deck to prolong its life. You can save quite a lot, be prosperous and happy.

 

2. Illnesses are a better bigger cause of dukkha than a lack of wealth. You can always console yourself by devising strategies to earn and be prosperous. But to be in bad health can be truly depressing, especially when you have no control over it. A deck full of dirt is home to many kinds of bacteria. Some of the bacteria can make you unhealthy and sad. Clean your deck to remove the bacteria. You can stay healthy.

 

3. Aesthetics plays a big role in our lives. Maslow puts an appreciation for beauty to the top of his famous pyramid, suggesting that beauty will make a healthy, prosperous (not filthy rich) person—like most Americans today—happy. A corollary of his theory is that dirt and filth should appall us, which is true. Most of us find a lack of cleanliness disgusting. And if you are one of us, then clean your deck. It will make the surface pretty and you happy.

 

4. Nature can make you happy. But it is not possible to be in communion with nature in many of America’s large cities; going to wooded areas usually takes many hours of drive. An alternative can be to dine on your deck and watch the sunset. Little things like this can fill you with happiness. But do you think it is possible to dine on a dirty deck? No, it is not. So clean it regularly and relish in the little things nature showers at you to make you happy.

 

If you want to be happy, prosperous and healthy, do not ask if but how to clean your composite deck.

 

Resist Mist spreads happiness. Get it’s Composite Deck Cleaner to be happy.

Four Killer Tips to Keep Your Deck Always Clean

Congratulations! You have cleaned your deck for Thanksgiving or prepared it for winter. Wish you a very happy Thanksgiving! But have you given a thought to what will happen to your composite decking once the harshness of winter takes over? What steps you should take to keep your decking clean for months and years to come?


Your decking is a great asset. It characterizes your home and your lifestyle. It gives you the pleasure of enjoying afternoons outdoors without giving up the comfort of your home. And with a popular deck garden to accompany it, your composite deck can be the perfect place to read. But you cannot enjoy any of it if your deck is not clean. This blog provides four killer ways to maintain the look and health of your composite deck with minimal maintenance.

 

Let’s dive in.

Rinse Your Deck with Composite Deck Cleaner Every 60 Days

 

This may not be the ideal solution everywhere, particularly in California where a drought is forcing people to change their lifestyles. But if you live in a region without drought, make it a habit to rinse off your deck every couple of months. Unless the deck has mold, mildew or other stains, a simple rinse with a garden hose will help keep any mold spores from taking root. It will also help keep dirt and pollen from being ground in. If you are like us alike your deck spotless, you can spray diluted Resist Mist’s All-Purpose Deck Cleaner on your deck prior to rinsing.  It has two advantages. First, it will remove all the stains before they have time to entrench themselves. If you have not already done a complete spring clean and Resist Mist Treatment application then we strongly suggested following the instructions online, in our other blogs or give us a call. The Resist Mist Treatment makes future deck cleaning a breeze. It will also add a type of invisible protective layer on composite decks.

 

Keep Excess Water off Your Deck

If you have sprinklers in your garden, keep them as far away from your deck as you can. Sitting water can damage your deck’s surface.

 

Clean Under Pots

It’s important to periodically clean under the pots on the deck. This will help prevent staining.

 

Remove all Debris

A broom or blower works fine. Keeping leavings and other organic debris off your deck will also minimize staining and the growth of mold, mildew, and algae.

 

Finally, a good cleaning and application of Resist Mist Treatment (if you have not already done so) will help protect your deck during the winter. If possible, we suggest blowing snow or debris off the deck at least once during the winter.

How to Clean a Wood Deck with Resist Mist

Resist Mist is an innovative new way to clean composite decks safely and efficiently. Unlike bleach, its proprietary solution is mild on deck and plants but tough on mold, algae and other stains.  One application does the job for most users: a simple application of the Resist Mist Treatment can help keep mold, mildew, algae, and other types of stains off your deck and keep them from coming back for three or more years. To get the most out of the product, you should know how to use it. Do not worry if you have never used to Resist Mist before because, as this blog will show you, it is simple.


Dilution of The Cleaner Comes First: 3:1 is the Typical Ratio

Mix three quarts of water to your one quart of Resist Mist Composite Deck Cleaner In A One Gallon Garden Pump Sprayer.  You can use a higher concentration of cleaner (more cleaner less water) to remove stubborn stains like grease from a grill, lotion, rust, and other such stains. Spray the Mixture on Your Deck And Let It Sit For About 10 Minutes.  Don’t let it dry.  If it starts to dry, spray more of the mixture on the areas that are drying.


Tip:  We recommended cleaning about 50-100 square feet of decking at a time.


Gently Scrub the Deck With A Stiff Bristle Deck Brush

You should see the cleaner lifting dirt and stains off your deck and foam a small amount.


Rinse the Deck with Water.

Once the light foam has formed and you are done scrubbing the area, rinse the deck with copious amounts of water. If you can, use more water at less pressure. It will ensure a complete rinsing without damaging your deck.


Let the Deck Dry

Wait a few minutes for all the standing water on the deck to evaporate. The deck should be almost completely dry before applying the Resist Mist Treatment.


Dilute The Resist Mist Treatment 3:1 In Your Clean Garden Pump Sprayer


Apply Resist Mist Treatment on the Deck

Saturate your deck with it after you have removed the cleaner. It is okay to go a little overboard with the treatment solution. For the most part, you cannot put too much Treatment on the Deck.  Although, do not put on so much that you have puddles.


Let the Deck Dry

  • Older decks may require a second application.
  • Keep traffic to a minimum for about 24 hours.
  • Do not apply Resist Mist Treatment if rain is forecasted within 24 hours.

What You Should See?

A beautiful clean deck that will resist mold, mildew and algae stains for several years.

How Not to Clean Your Composite Deck?

To prolong the life of anything outdoors, cleaning at regular intervals is required. Even high-performance composite decking is not entirely “maintenance-free.” Regular cleaning will keep it looking great for as long as you own your home and then some. Although maintenance on composite decks does not require nearly as much work as with wooden decks, a twice-yearly cleaning is strongly recommended.  Unless you make a very common mistake which could accelerate the decline of your deck both physically and aesthetically. That’s what this article is about increasing the time between cleaning which you can do by avoiding this most common mistake others make while cleaning their composite decks. Do Not Make This Mistakes While Cleaning Your Composite Decking!


Choosing the Wrong Cleaner Bleach

What is the first thing to come to your mind when someone mentions “clean” and “deck” in a sentence? Most people think of bleach. And there are some good reasons for it. First, manufacturers and retailers have done a great job of marketing their product as easy and inexpensive. Both are true in the short term. Second, bleach has been around for so long that nearly everyone has either used it either on their decks, on their patio furniture and in the laundry. However, just because bleach is popular and well-marketed does not mean it is the best way to remove mold and mildew stains off your composite decking. In fact, if you love your decks you will never use a chlorine-based product to clean your deck.

 

Sodium hypochlorite is the active ingredient in bleach-based products. Bleach can accelerate the “fading” of a deck as well as cause the wood fiber in the composite deck to “bloom.” This blooming creates a great home for mold, mildew, and algae to set up home.  The more mold, mildew, and algae you have on your deck, the more frequently you will have to clean it.  We have seen decks that were covered in mold stains and the homeowner had only cleaned a couple of months prior. To keep the stains off their deck they would have had to clean it several times per year.

 

Bleach can also be harmful to plants and humans. If you are using a strong concentration of bleach you will need to wear gloves, eye protection and ensure your plants are covered and children and pets are away from the deck. Bleach is an outstanding disinfectant and so should be used in the medical field. Unfortunately, bleach is not great for everything.  Especially cleaning your composite deck.

 

In other words, bleach is an awesome disinfectant but a poor choice for cleaning your deck. The best way to clean a composite deck is to use a product developed by scientists to be used as a deck cleaner—Resist Mist Composite Deck Cleaner.

 

Resist Mist Composite Deck Cleaner is a powerful, non-bleach solution that is tough on mold, mildew and other stains but mild on your deck and plants.

 

In summary, if you want to clean your composite deck, stay away from bleach and choose a solution designed for cleaning composite decks for Resist Mist.

Shortest-ever Guide to Cleaning Your Wood Deck Just in Time for Winter

Wood decks may appear to be bulletproof but they are not. They need your help in surviving the onslaught of a harsh winter’s snow, rain, and freezing temperatures.

Keeping your deck clean during winter not only prolong its life but also keep your deck much easier to clean come spring.


Clearing off the dirt and leaves prevents bacteria from nipping away at the paint, stain, and wood which can create shallow puddles, which further hasten deterioration.

Thankfully, you can avoid these problems with Resist Mist’s DIY guide to “How To Clean a Wood Deck?”


In Resist Mist’s jargon, there are two kinds of cleaning:

  • Surface cleaning
  • Deep cleaning

Surface cleaning is superficial. You grab your broom and wipe your deck clean. The broom removes all the leaves and tree branches and most of the dirt that has been accumulating on the deck. The results are visible instantaneously. And if you are like most people, you stop here.  While surface cleaning is the necessary first step in cleaning your wood deck, it does not constitute the whole process. For instance, you cannot remove mold and musty stains wielding a broomstick.


You need a deep cleaning for the long-term health of your deck.


Although the name may create thoughts of “oh great, an entire weekend spent cleaning my deck.” But not with a Resist Mist kit. With it, deep cleaning is not complex and you do not need any special tools.


Arm yourself with a Resist Mist All Purpose Cleaner, a garden pump sprayer, and a deck brush. Follow the instructions in this blog to deep clean your wood deck.  It is not the hard work but the technology used to Resist Mist products that earn the name deep cleaning. The science behind the cleaning mechanism is explained on (Science Nerds). It essentially says that the product’s Lift and Rinse Technology digs deep into the surface of your wood deck (thus, the name “deep cleaning”), removes stains, lifts dirt and grime and creates a clean surface. The real magic happens after the deck has been cleaned and dried.  Apply the Resist Mist Treatment (comes with the kit). This treatment helps provide a protective layer on the surface.


Once you have applied Resist Mist Treatment properly, you will have a microscopic layer of protection from mold, mildew and algae stains.

You can read more about Resist Mist here: https://www.resistmist.com/product/resist-mist-all-purpose-cleaner/

How to Clean Your Composite Deck Safely and Quickly?

Composite decks have become very popular among homeowners because they are stronger, last longer and require much less maintenance than wooden decks. They can take on the chill of winter, the heat of summer and everything in between without the need for constant repair. However, even composite decks need to be cleaned at regular intervals. Mold and mildew are two big issues. Many homeowners notice black spots on their deck as they prepare their decks for the summer after a long winter. Though bleach can be used for cleaning, few people look forward to spending the day in protective clothes. Bleach is harmful to the skin and potentially to your deck. Until recently, there was not a good alternative. Thankfully, things have changed.


Resist Mist is a new way to clean composite decks safely and quickly. And the results can help keep your deck looking great for years. Unlike bleach, Resist Mist is not hazardous to your health like bleach. Although, as with all cleaning products, it is very important to keep children and pets away from the product and from the deck while it is wet. The Resist Mist cleaner, with Lift and Rinse Technology, penetrates the pores of your deck, lifts the mold, mildew, algae and oil stains and allows you to easily rinse them away. And it does not end at that. Resist Mist’s proprietary Micro Encapsulation Technology, stops biological growth from staining your composite deck and lasts for up to three years. The key is to use it correctly.


This blog is a summary of the cleaning techniques described in detail on Resist Mist’s official website. Read through them to clean your composite deck and make add less work and more Margaritas to your life:


Stage One


Start with Dilution
The ideal dilution ratio is 3:1. In more familiar terms, it means that you will pour a quart of Resist Mist into a gallon of water. Resist Mist offers a 1-gallon garden pump sprayer that makes this step super easy.


Spray the Diluted Mixture on Your Deck

Using your Resist Mist garden sprayer (or any quality garden pump sprayer) completely saturate your composite deck with the cleaning solution. Let the mixture sit on the deck for 10 minutes, but do not let it dry.


Scrub Your Deck with a Stiff Bristled Brush

Keep on scrubbing until the light foam is formed. Focus on stubborn stains. You may need to increase concentration (reduce dilution) if a stain proves to be particularly tough. We recommend the Resist Mist deck brush as it is harsh on stains but gentle on your deck. If you choose to use your own brush test a small area of your deck to ensure the brush does not damage your deck. If you have a pressure washer you can use it. Just make sure the pressure does not go above the recommended pressure of your deck. You can check with your deck manufacturer if you are unsure.


Rinse the Deck with Water
Use lots and lots of water. It will ensure complete rinsing and better results. We recommend taking the spray nozzle off of your hose and using large volumes of water.


Let the Deck Dry
Let the deck dry. It will take anywhere 30 minutes to several hours depending on the weather.


Stage Two


In stage two, you will help protect your deck from mold, mildew and algae stains for up to three years. And this step is even simpler than cleaning.


Dilute the Resist Mist Deck Treatment
Clean your garden pump sprayer completely with lots of water to ensure all of the cleaners is rinsed out. Add the Resist Mist Deck Treatment to the 1-gallon pump sprayer at a ratio of 1-quart Treatment to 3 Quarts water.


Saturate Your Deck with Resist Mist Deck Treatment
Make sure the deck is clean and dry before applying the treatment. It is important is to ensure the entire deck is sprayed evenly. Allow the deck to dry. After 24 hours place a drop of water in several places on your deck. If it the beads up, you have applied enough Resist Mist Treatment and applied it evenly. If not, apply the treatment a second time and allow to dry.


Stay Off the Deck for 24 Hours
Let the Resist Mist Treatment dry. We recommend waiting 24 hours to replace deck furniture and heavy foot traffic.


For detailed instructions and precautions, please visit https://www.resistmist.com/awesome-solutions/composite-decks/


You can also order Resist Mist Composite Deck Cleaner from https://www.resistmist.com/order-now/

Composite Deck Cleaner

Which is the Best Composite Deck Cleaner: Bleach, Pressure Washer, or Resist Mist?

Composite decks are awesome. They are sturdy, demand little maintenance, last for years, and usually require less maintenance than maintenance intensive wooden decks. Plastics and wood fibers are the main materials used in their production. These raw materials are high tech, durable and strong. Termites cannot destroy composite decking, there are no stains or paints that have to be stripped and rot does not occur require frequent board replacement. So, in general, little maintenance is needed. However, even the most expensive composite decks need to be cleaned at regular intervals because, after all, there is a difference between “little maintenance” with “no maintenance.” Nothing that spends time outside requires no maintenance. Not even a $300,000 Bentley.

Currently, homeowners can choose between three main methods to clean their composite decking of mold, mildew, and stains:

  • Bleach
  • A pressure washer with no cleaning agent
  • Resist Mist

Each of these cleaning methods has its pros but only one is recognized as the best composite deck cleaner and protectant. Which of the three is it? Let’s find out.


Bleach
Bleach is by far the most common and, in the short term, least expensive composite deck cleaner. Off the shelf it is not expensive, it does the work well, and because it’s on every Home Depot shelf, it’s easy to get. But for all these advantages, bleach has some serious downsides. First, it is harmful to your deck. Most composite deck manufacturers recognize that bleach creates further problems with biological growth because it makes the wood fibers in a composite deck more open to mold. Many people have used bleach and seen that the maintenance required to keep the deck looking great is increased year after year of using bleach. Even at low concentrations, bleach can have a negative impact on a composite deck. Second, bleach can be harmful to humans and to the environment.

Pros:

  • Popular
  • Cheap
  • Easy-to-get

Cons:

  • Harsh on decking
  • Potentially harmful to your health and the environment.
  • Short-term results requirement allot of future maintenance.

Pressure Washer
Pressure washing is a great way to clean larger areas of composite decking. It is certainly more convenient than hand scrubbing your deck on your knees, but convenience comes with a risk. Different composite decks accept different pressures as max pressure. If you go over the max pressure of the deck, you can cause permanent damage to your deck. If you are going to perform your own deck maintenance, then leave the pressure washing to the professionals. A little mistake here can damage the decking.


Pros:

  • Convenient
  • Efficient for large areas

Cons:

  • Can damage your decking
  • Short-term solution
  • Leave it to the professionals

Resist Mist
Resist Mist is a revolutionary composite deck cleaning and protection technology. After years of testing and being available exclusively to large deck manufacturers, it is now available to the DIY’er. The Resist Mist kit comes with a cleaner developed for use on composite decks with Lift and Rinse technology. This technology makes the water penetrate further into the nooks and crannies of the deck to lift dirt, mold, algae, oils and other stains. Once the cleaner is rinsed the Resist Mist Treatment/Conditioner is applied.  This treatment helps resist mold, mildew and algae stains on the deck for up to three years. This product significantly lowers the maintenance required on a composite deck.


Pros:

  • Easy to apply
  • Long-lasting resistance to mold, mildew and algae stains.
  • Makes future deck cleaning much easier.
  • Reduces required maintenance
  • Very economical long term.

Cons:
Because it is so new, it is only available online and selects mid-Atlantic retailers.


Conclusion
Resist Mist clearly tops the list of benefits. So it is declared the best composite deck cleaner.