How to clean red dust off your deck

Has your deck been covered with red or orange dust following a storm? Don’t worry, we can show you the best way to clean this dust off your exterior timber deck, patio or cladding.

Cabot’s Everyday Deck Wash is the perfect solution to your dusty deck. Our easy to use, pleasantly fragranced Cabot’s Everyday Deck Wash will help to remove dust and dirt, without removing any protective decking oil or decking stain. 

How to use Cabot’s Everyday Deck Wash

Here’s how to remove dust, dirt and bird droppings from your deck using Cabot’s Everyday Deck Wash:

1. Shake contents before use.

2. Hose down the timber surface, ensuring surface is damp prior to any application of Cabot’s Everyday Deck Wash.

3. Add one part Cabot’s Everyday Deck Wash to ten parts water in a Cabot’s Deck Hand bucket. Mix well to ensure foam is created.

4. Apply solution generously to the timber with Cabot’s Deck Prep brush. Scrub vigorously.

5. Leave the solution on the timber for 10–20 minutes. Do not allow to dry on surface.

6. Rinse off the surface with water using a high pressure or garden hose. Heavily soiled or very dirty timber may require repeat application. If using a high-pressure hose or power washer, use the lowest setting to avoid damaging the timber.

7. PLEASE NOTE: For horizontal surfaces (your deck), use a squeegee to remove the pools of water from the deck surface. If the pools remain on the deck and dry, it is likely some dirt will remain. The built-in squeegee on the back of the Cabot’s Deck Prepbrush is perfect for removing pools of water from the surface of your deck.

We would not recommend using Cabot’s Deck Clean for removing this dust. Cabot’s Deck Clean is Oxalic acid based and is specially designed to prepare your deck for oiling or staining.

Health & Safety

Please make sure you use all equipment appropriately and safely when following the advice in these D.I.Y. videos. You need to be familiar with how to use equipment safely and follow the instructions that came with the equipment. If you are unsure, you may feel it is safest to consult an expert, such as the manufacturer or an expert Bunnings Team Member.

Grave health hazards are linked to asbestos, which may be in homes built up to 1990. Health hazards may result from exposure to lead-based paints in older materials and copper chromium arsenic (CCA) treated timber. For information on the dangers of asbestos, lead-based paint and CCA treated timber and tips for dealing with these materials contact your local council's Environmental Health Officer or visit our Health & Safety page. You can also use a simple test kit from Bunnings to indicate the presence of lead-based paint.
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