My husband and I had a big job cut out for us last weekend, we decided to strip the old stain from our large back deck and front porch. We were trying to dissolve Thompson’s Deck Stain, and used a Thompson’s Stain Stripper to do so.
The directions on the plastic bottle of Thompson’s said to spread it onto the boards with a synthetic bristled brush, let the stripper sit for 10-15 minutes, then scrub it with a hard, synthetic bristle brush. We looked and looked, trying to find such a deck brush, and Lowe’s had exactly what we needed (as they usually do!).
The Quickie-Clean Results Deck Scrub is a deck brush that looks similar to a small push broom. It features a red steel handle measuring 48″ in length, with a hole at the end so you can hang it up if so desired. The brush area is black, and the bristles are also black and very stiff. The width of the brush head is 8″ across, so it is a bit wider than our deck boards, but worked well.
Using this Quickie-Clean Results Deck Scrub deck brush does not mean it will do the work for you, there is still a lot of elbow grease that goes into cleaning a deck, but it certainly makes the job easier. The angled handle allows you to put a lot of pressure on the deck boards, and the bristles are stiff enough that they remove dissolved stain (which gets a little bit gummy). We did have to rinse the brush bristles off from time to time because they got pretty dirty. The bristles were very easy to clean, but we were using a pressure washer, so that probably made it easier for us.
Because these bristles are made of some sort of nylon or plastic material, the stain does not stick to them like it might when using a natural bristle brush. Another advantage of using a synthetic bristle deck brush is that the bristles don’t shed or break. We used our deck brush for several hours, and the bristles looked like new when we were done!
There were a few places that this deck brush did not reach very well, namely in corners or where the deck met our home. Because the plastic base of the brush extended past the bristles, the plastic would hit the house and the bristles would not reach close enough to scrub the boards butting up against the house. Trying too hard to get the bristles into this area only meant we ran the risk of scraping our cedar siding. In these instances we ended up using a smaller hand held brush, which did the job better.
If you are planning on cleaning or stripping your deck, I would highly recommend purchasing a deck brush, and this Quickie-Clean Results Deck Scrub allows you to get the job done without breaking your back. At the retail price of just over $6.00 it won’t break the bank either. For the price, this deck brush certainly paid off, and I highly recommend it if you are on a budget.