This safe and easy to use Cedar cleaner will restore and clean your cedar siding or cedar shake roof to like new condition.
Above a contractor who sent in images of cedar clapboard siding that the new home owner thought was a dark colored wood siding, once cleaned using Cedar Wash the home looked like the cedar clapboard siding was just applied. The black, dark color was black mold that took over the entire wall. Black mold like that is alive and with open windows the spores can easily blow in thru the windows, causing headaches, allergies and other health issues, the spores also leave a dust film over everything inside of the home as it enters thru the windows.The true fact here is that if that exterior wall was on the inside of the home instead of the exterior of the home, this home would be condemned by the Board of Health. This home would be "unfit" to live in. Most home owners do not understand the potential health risks and danger that exterior mold can cause, but it's all true. A house with cedar siding or any wood siding should be kept clean and sealed with Cedar Seal which will not allow the mold to grow because the Cedar Seal, "water proofs" the surface and mold can't grow without water being absorbed by the wood siding.
Above is a new set of images sent in from a happy home owner in Michigan who used Cedar Wash and a Soft Tip nozzle to clean his cedar siding. He was so happy with the results that he sent us three images of his home. Great results like that are very easy to achieve.
This hydrogen peroxide based formulation continues to receive compliment after compliment for its wood brightening properties. The alternative has always been chlorine bleach or TSP but the problem with those cleaners are that they leave the wood surface with a very unnatural bleached look, it also rarely comes out uniformly clean, more often than not it has a "blotchy" look that looks as if a bucket of bleach was thrown on the house. Once those products soak into the cedar and the sun beats down the almost "bake" in the sun, it causes extreme drying, making the shingles or shakes dry, thin and brittle.
With Cedar Wash, as you can see if you click on the thumbnail photo's above the cedar siding and roofing shingles come out uniformly clean, our Cedar cleaning product does not contain bleach nor does it require bleach to be added. Cedar Wash comes in a powdered form that when mixed with water creates millions of tiny little bubbles; these bubbles loosen all the old dead wood particles to be easily washed off along with mold and mildew stains. Our secret is the natural adhesives that we added to keep the product on vertical or steep pitched surfaces long enough to clean before running off. If your cedar had an old stain or sealer on them, the Cedar Wash will penetrate it, dissolving the old stain enough to be washed off. The quickest way to wash is with a pressure washer but good results can come from light brushing with a scrub brush and a hose powered rinse this is all that is needed to clean up your cedar shakes or shingles and save them from rotting away.
Using a garden hose and deck brush is one way of cleaning the cedar but it is slow, using a pressure washer is much faster. The key to pressure washing cedar is the pressure and the nozzle on the end of the pressure washer. Stock pressure washing nozzles put out a very sharp stream of pressure if you get the wand to close to the cedar you will leave a scar.To much pressure is also bad, often dislodging or cracking the shingles or shakes. We recommend a nozzle called the soft tip that we had made for our cleaning technicians back when we had the cleaning company. We figured that if we could not teach the guys to avoid scarring the wood we could make a tip that would make it impossible to scar the wood. The Soft Tip has an "open mouth" the water comes out just like a hose nozzle, this open mouth reduce pressure by 75%. you could clean with 2,000psi and by adding the Soft Tip reduce pressure to about 500psi. We highly recommend adding a soft tip to your pressure washer when cleaning cedar.
Unlike chlorine bleach and TSP the Cedar Wash will not harm the vegetation around the house, it also will not stain any painted surface or any fabric that it may come in contact with.
Cedar Wash works great on all types of cedar or any type of natural wood. Use it to clean fences, decks, furniture, cedar siding or roofing, barn board and log homes.
When you have completed your cleaning, let it dry for 48 hours and then apply our Cedar Seal to protect it. Cedar Seal penetrates the cedar and forms a water resistant barrier that moisture can't pentrate. This water barrier will remain in the wood for up to 15 years! Cedar Seal also contains a fungicide to protect against any mold or mildew growth. The secret to preventing mold on wood, is not allowing the wood to absorb water, mold needs water, no water no mold. Cedar Seal should always be used after cleaning any cedar, you can use Cedar Seal as a base coat if you were going to apply a stain or paint to the cedar or if you just like the look of clean natural cedar. Without Cedar Seal just cleaned cedar will show mold again in as early as one year. Don't do all that cleaning work without apply Cedar Seal to protect it, it makes no sense at all. Cedar Seal is your insurance policy that your newly cleaned cedar will last.
Frequently Asked Questions about Cedar Wash
Will pressure washing harm my siding?
Stock pressure washing nozzles put out a very sharp stream of pressure if you get the wand to close to the cedar you will leave a scar.To much pressure is also bad, often dislodging or cracking the shingles or shakes. We recommend a nozzle called the soft tip that we had made for our cleaning technicians back when we had the cleaning company. We figured that if we could not teach the guys to avoid scarring the wood we could make a tip that would make it impossible to scar the wood. The Soft Tip has an "open mouth" the water comes out just like a hose nozzle, this open mouth reduce pressure by 85%. you could clean with 3,000psi and by adding the Soft Tip reduce pressure to about 450psi. We highly recommend adding a soft tip to your pressure washer when cleaning cedar.
Will Cedar Wash remove stain or seal from my house?
If your cedar siding has a color stain or paint on them and you also see mold, the mold is rarely just sitting "on top" of the stain or paint, 99% of the time the mold has penetrated the stain or paint so you can't remove the mold stains with also removing the paint and or colored house stain. What happened is that the paint or stain has failed in protection and allowed moisture to enter the cedar or the cedar was not preparred properly before it was stained or painted. Applying a paint or color stain or poorly cleaned cedar is like the "perfect storm". The new colored stain will act like an incubator and help grow the mold spores that were left behind. They will grow quick and fast and soon penetrate the paint or stain surface from the inside out. You really need to understand the way mold grows and how to protect against it if you are going to be accepting money from home owners to paint or stain their home. Having to redo the job the following year or two is going to cost you some time and labor. Of course if you are faced with a problem like this, it all could have been avoided if the cedar was cleaned with Cedar Wash and had Cedar Seal applied before the color stain went on. The answer is "yes" Cedar Wash will remove stain or seal from the surface of your cedar, Cedar Wash is great to use to remove bleaching oil and other oil an waterbased stains from cedar.
How to Clean Cedar While Removing Moss, Mildew, Algae and Mold
This product is made from hydrogen peroxide, there is no chemical odors or fumes, it will not harm plants or grass, it’s safe to use over water, it biodegrades very rapidly only hours after use, it will not harm people or pets, it will not stain other surfaces, it’s both safe and highly effective.
3 lbs will treat up to 3000 sq and make 12 gallons of solution.
6 lbs will treat up to 6000 sq ft and make 24 gallons of solution.
10 lbs will treat up to 10,000 sq ft and 40 gallons of solution.
40 lbs will treat up to 40,000 sq ft and 160 gallons of solution.
Add 1/2 cup per gallon of water, mix well, stirring frequently, allow solution to fully activate for 15 minutes prior to use. To clean stains caused by moss without rinsing just apply and leave the rain will do the rinsing. Allow 60 days to pass before reapplying if needed.
For instant results removing stains caused by moss, mold or black algae apply with a pump sprayer or other other spraying methods and use a pressure washer at low speed to rinse-- although this is the optimal method, a scrub brush and hose may be substituted.