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Thread: Appropriate cleaner for wooden deck pool surround?

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    Appropriate cleaner for wooden deck pool surround?

    My pool is surrounded by a wooden deck (not by choice -- it came with the house that way), and I need to clean it. The best thing I've found so far would be an oxygen bleach cleaner. For the chemists around here, here's the chemical definition of "oxygen bleach" I found on the 'net:
    Sodium percarbonate is a white crystalline water-soluble adduct of sodium carbonate and hydrogen peroxide, with formula Na2CO3ยท1.5H2O2.
    My question is: Would this be safe to use around the pool? I'd do my best, of course, to not get any in the pool, but there's always a chance some might get in. Do any of you see any problem with that?

    If this isn't a good choice, does anyone have any suggestions for how I should clean this deck? I need to get this done ASAP!

    Thanks!
    20,000 gallon in-ground gunite ~ sand filter (62 gpm) w/Vari-Flo valve (75 gpm) ~ 1.0 HP dual-speed pump

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    Re: Appropriate cleaner for wooden deck pool surround?

    Well, so far, I'm just scrubbing it with a scrub brush and rinsing (away from the pool) with the water hose. That's helping and it does look better, but man, is it tedious. I got about 8 feet done this afternoon. Maybe next year, we can replace this deck with something more suitable. In the meantime, any ideas to make this an easier process would be welcomed!
    20,000 gallon in-ground gunite ~ sand filter (62 gpm) w/Vari-Flo valve (75 gpm) ~ 1.0 HP dual-speed pump

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    Re: Appropriate cleaner for wooden deck pool surround?

    Waterwoman...I use a high pressure sprayer keep it moving and try not to lift the grain of the wood. You should be able to rent one for a day at the hardware or tool rental. after it dries for a few days I seal it with a solid oil stain with a brush. The solid oil stain lasts longer then the others. It is remarkable how fast the pressure sprayer takes the mold and dirt out of the wood. My decks are going on 32 years and this is how I maintained them.
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