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    Bleach Stain on deck

    We ended up getting a bleach stain on a newly stained deck. (2weeks) We did not do the staining, just there for a house wash. Any thoughts or tips on removing it?
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    Bleach the rest of it.

    For future..... We apply house wash to decks when we clean houses to keep from "spotting" them.
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    this deck is huge! Im not sure thats going to be an option.. Any other route I may be able to take?
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    Bleach actually strips an oil sealer, Chris. If you know what the sealer is, you might be able to touch up that spot. Michael has the plan if the touch-up does not match. Some sealers will blend well when touched up and some won't. If the sealer is a coating on the surface, be extra careful not to lap over the existing coat or the lapped area will show.

    I have had good results by pre-wetting areas like decks before doing a house wash and then continually rinsing the surface off during the house wash process. I messed up a few decks early on doing house washes, but by diluting the cleaner continuously when it hit the deck that wasn't a problem any more.
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    Thanks Michael and Pete! Pete yea we usually do wet everything down before hand, this particular employe just screwed up and let it happen.

    Ill check with the homeowner and see if they know the brand of the sealer.


    thanks guys!
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    Cool

    Hmm, I've never had this problem before downstreaming, but it's good food for thought. How was your employee operating, i.e. was he downstreaming or X-jetting the bleach onto the house?
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    Yea I got a "ring" from a x jet 5'er on a deck one time,,,not good, will not set another one on a deck,,I 25.00 "up sale" washing the deck "too" because I"m going to do it anyway to prevent this and keep things even,,,and always get it. (pays for gas) also I learned F13 in a house wash will turn solid light brown stain florescent green,,,OOps! thank God that one was a buddy and he had a gallon left to paint over the green splotches. Won't "hot mix" around a deck I'm not redoing either anymore. Lessons we live learn,,,others call PANIC!
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    maybe...

    i am not sure of your total situation but sometimes you can turn the board over and restain it. not sure if this is a solution to your problem but it's a thought. got any pics?

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    Quote Originally Posted by rando View Post
    i am not sure of your total situation but sometimes you can turn the board over and restain it. not sure if this is a solution to your problem but it's a thought. got any pics?

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    I would always pre wet the deck first.

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    Pre wet, pre wet, and wet while soaping the house then rinse off soap. It most likeley stripped the new sealer off the deck.
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    Do not put or fill buckets up on a deck with bleach in it. To get rid of the bleach stain you have to use the same strength solution as the stain to even it out. Do as jim says or shoot the deck when washing the house with house mix.


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    I have seen this happen even with pre-wetting the deck and with trying to keep the deck wet, I would not be too hard on the employee as it could happen to just about anyone.

    I have seen where it spotted a deck and you can rinse off the soap residue but I have seen where it pulled the stain out of the wood and you would have to re-stain the area to get it looking good.

    It all depends on how hot it is outside, how strong of bleach used, what soap is used, etc.....

    For future reference, if the deck can be covered, I would do that as the water can dry in hot climates and just about any housewash mix overspray can do damage so pre-wetting might not help when it is warm or hot outside, unless you have someone there to constantly keep the deck wet and rinse off anything that gets on the deck but that is a lot of work, easier to just cover the deck if possible, if not then keep someone there to just keep on rinsing.

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