I'm planning on staining the deck that I built from pressure treated wood about a year ago. I'll be using Cabot Wood Toned Deck Stain, a translucent oil stain, that was recommended to me as a good alternative to the more expensive Sikkens stains.
I'm aware that success, in terms of longevity of the stain, depends very much in preparing the wood. It's now had a year to weather and most surfaces have now turned greyish-pale indicating that the water seal (glaze), introduced by the original pressure chemical treatment, has broken down; some areas less exposed to the sun however are less faded.
I've read that it now necessary to abrade the surface to open up the pores that this is best done by first treating with a suitable 'cleaning solution', that additionally kills any mildew, and then using a high-pressure water jet to clean it all out and rough up the surface. The trouble I have with that is that my deck overhangs the pool edge and I'm worried what the chemicals in these proprietary 'cleaning solutions' might do to the pool liner and equipment as they are washed into the pool.
I've read that bleach solution can also be used, which would be safer for the pool (and undoubtedly shock it in the process) but I suspect that would probably kill all the grass and vegetation around it. An alternative would be to use non-chlorine 'oxy' bleach (the peroxide based stuff), which, although less effective as a 'cleaning agent', is supposed to be safer than chlorine bleach and less harmful to flora and fauna. I'm just wondering again though whether there would be damage to the pool itself.
Anyone have experience with this?