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#1 Deck Wood Brightener
#1 Deck Wood Brightener

#1 Deck Wood Brightener


Wood Brightener: Restores Beauty of Wood


Wood Brightener: Spray Apply


Wood Brightener: Garden Hose


Wood Brightener: Brightens Wood Surfaces


Wood Brightener: Improves Stain Absorption

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  • Neutralizes stain strippers
  • Brightens and restores wood surfaces
  • Improves absorption of wood stains
  • Best applied with a pump sprayer
  • Concentrated solution makes 5 gallons
  • Covers 500 – 1,000 sq. ft.
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Your deck has been through a lot over the years. Rain, snow, regular exposure to the sun’s rays, and even the constant footsteps from family members and pets can all take a toll on the beauty of your deck’s wood. You know the importance of providing your deck with some TLC every few years with a deck stain. A deck brightener can make the staining process even easier.

It’s important to clean your deck’s wood before staining it. Brightening it is an important part of the cleaning process. After you apply and rinse off a cleaning product, it’s time to use #1 Deck’s Wood Brightener. You’ll notice that our wood brightener gets rid of any stains not removed by the deck cleaning process. Some of the toughest stains to remove usually come from tannins, a pigment in fall leaves. These stains will lift with our wood brightener.

While wood brightener will beautify the surface of your wood, helping your deck look nice is not the only reason to use the product. Wood brightener will also smooth out the wood of your deck, preparing it to hold tight to your deck staining product. In the past, you may have noticed that certain areas of your deck absorbed more stain than others. This is a natural issue that many people have with their deck wood, due to varying degrees of moisture retained. Wood brightener evens your deck wood so that your deck stain can be absorbed, without dark and light spots caused by moisture differences in the wood.


Product Description: #1 Deck Wood Brightener

#1 Deck Wood Brightener is a liquid concentrate that is mixed with water to brighten and restore the natural beauty of all species of exterior wood. This product excels at removing dirt, grime, rust stains, and tannin stains caused by fallen leaves. #1 Deck Wood Brightener is a safe, oxalic acid product that will not only will clean and brighten, but will neutralize the surface of the wood, creating an ideal surface that is ready to be stained.


When to Use Wood Brightener

Step 1: Clean/Strip | Step 2: Brighten | Step 3: Stain

This product is step 2 of a 3-step process. First, clean/strip the wood. Before staining, it is important to brighten the wood to prepare the wood for the stain.


Where to Use Wood Brightener

#1 Deck Wood Brightener is intended for use on all types of weathered, exterior wood surfaces including decks, fences, siding, outdoor furniture, gazebos and playsets. Recommended for surface preparation prior to initial application of semi-transparent finishes and stains. Product can be used as a cleaner and brightener for redwood, or as a neutralizer to further brighten wood species, like pine, that have been cleaned with #1 Deck Wood Cleaner or stripped with #1 Deck Stain Stripper. For lasting protection of your exterior wood, after using #1 Deck Wood Brightener, treat the surface with #1 Deck Premium Wood Stain.

Note: #1 Deck Wood Brightener is not formulated to remove intact paint, stain, or clear finishes and may dull painted and metal surfaces if not quickly rinsed. It is best applied with a pump-up garden type sprayer.


How to Use Wood Brightener

Mix well:

Shake #1 Deck Wood Brightener to thoroughly mix.

Dilute wood brightener:

Dilute 1 part Wood Brightener to 4 parts water in a plastic container and mix well.

Surface and surroundings preparation:

Thoroughly wet surface and ALL surrounding vegetation with water before application.


Apply #1 Deck Wood Brightener solution to wet wood with sprayer, brush, or mop and scrub moderately with a stiff brush, working on small areas (20 – 30 sq. ft.) at a time.

Note: Scrubbing is unnecessary if used after cleaning or stripping wood with #1 Deck Wood Cleaner or Stain Stripper. Let solution stand for 3 – 5 minutes, keeping wet with additional solution if necessary. Application may be repeated if desired.

Vertical surfaces:

On vertical surfaces begin applying solution at the bottom and work to the top.


Rinse wood and all surrounding vegetation thoroughly by flooding area with water from garden hose. Rinse vertical surfaces from bottom up to avoid streaking. Heavily weathered or soiled areas may need to be scrubbed with undiluted Wood Brightener and rinsed again.


500-1,000 sq. ft. per concentrated gallon depending on surface porosity & application method.


Clean tools and equipment immediately after each use with soap and water.



  • Neutralizes stain strippers
  • Brightens and restores wood surfaces
  • Improves absorption of wood stains


Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ)

Q: I’ve already cleaned my deck- do I have to use a brightener as well?

A: To restore your deck’s wood to its original beauty, it’s important to use a brightener as part of your deck staining system. Cleaning is a great first step to remove stains, but many stains (such as those from dust and leaves) are deep set in the wood and require additional stain removal. Brightening your deck is a quick and easy way to remove deep stains before applying a new deck stain.


Q: Will wood brightener harm the grass around my deck?

A: It’s always a good idea to wet all nearby plants and vegetation before and after use.


Q: Does wood brightener double as a cleaner?

A: Not usually, however, it can be used as both a cleaner and brightener for redwood decks.


Q: Is scrubbing required with a deck brightener?

A: No. Once the deck is cleaned or stripped, it’s not necessary to do any scrubbing with our deck brightener. Spray on, let it set for 5 minutes, then rinse it off with plenty of water from a garden hose.

Q: Will a deck brightener remove an old deck stain?

A: No- it’s important that wood is stripped and/or cleaned before using a deck brightener. This allows the wood to brighten before the new stain is applied.


Q: My deck has some pretty bad stains- should I lengthen the amount of time I let the brightener sit on the wood?

A: If your deck has stains that are extra tough to remove, no problem. We recommend using two applications of wood brightener. Don’t allow the product to sit on the wood twice as long. Apply the product, allow it to sit for 3-5 minutes, rinse, and reapply if necessary.


Specific Projects


If you’re using deck brightener to restore some old fencing, you’ll want to make sure you start by using a pump-up sprayer, working your way from the bottom to the top. This will prevent streaking from occurring. Before starting application to a fence, be sure to throughout wet all plants on both sides of the fence and rinse them off again once you’re finished applying the product.


Gazebo or playset

Using wood brightener to bring some life back to a gazebo or play set? Take care not to get any of the product on painted or metal surfaces. If some wood brightener happens to get onto these surfaces by accident, act fast to prevent damage. Keep water and a rag on hand to wipe down any spills or accidental sprays.


Hard to remove stains

If you’re working with a piece of wood that has been very heavily stained (such as a piece of outdoor furniture that has been stained by years of autumn leaves), try using a stiff fingernail brush to help you work the brightener into the nooks and crannies. A toothbrush can also work wonders in helping you get the product into small corners and cracks.


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For more information about #1 Deck Wood Brightener, see the datasheet.

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