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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.

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://resistmist.com/product/resist-mist-all-purpose-cleaner/