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🧹The Wood Cleaning Connundrum: Sodium Hypochlorite — Yes or No? 🌳

By Mark Cave February 11, 2024

🧹The Wood Cleaning Connundrum: Sodium Hypochlorite — Yes or No? 🌳

Cleaning wood surfaces can be perplexing! 🤔 Ensuring the wood doesn't lose its natural lustre, yet gets thoroughly cleansed is a challenge. But, SoftWash UK Ltd has got you covered! If you’ve been pondering over, "Can I use sodium hypochlorite to clean wood?", you're in the right place! Let us venture into this topic 


✨ Sodium Hypochlorite: A Quick Introduction 👀

Sodium hypochlorite is a potent chemical cleaner. It is highly effective in eliminating pesky stains and hidden microbes. But, there's a catch... Click here to know more about Sodium Hypochlorite.

👉 Is Sodium Hypochlorite Safe for Wood Cleaning? 👈

The crucial question is "Can we use sodium hypochlorite to clean wood?" Well, the answer is YES. But, the usage must be correctly calibrated. Overexposure to this chemical can lead to the wood getting bleached!

🔥 Top Tips to Safely Clean Wood with Sodium Hypochlorite 🔥

  • Always opt for a lower concentration of Sodium Hypochlorite.
  • Test on a small, inconspicuous area of the wood.
  • Make sure to thoroughly rinse off the solution to prevent any damage.
💡 An Expert Solution: Wood X Pro Wood Brightener 💡

If you're hesitant to use Sodium Hypochlorite, we have an excellent alternative — Wood X Pro Wood Brightener. It's an expert solution specifically designed to clean your wood surfaces while maintaining their radiant appearance. ✨ Shop for it here!

🎯 Wrapping Up: Sodium Hypochlorite for Wood Cleaning 🎯

Conclusively, Sodium Hypochlorite can be used to clean wood when used wisely. But, if you're looking for a less risky alternative, consider our Wood X Pro Wood Brightener. And remember, when it comes to cleaning — SoftWash UK Ltd is your one-stop destination! 😎

Don't forget to visit our website and explore our wide array of Soft Wash Chemicals and equipment! Also, tune in to our podcast for more tips and tricks of the trade.

Join us on our Soft Wash journey and get the upper hand on the Soft Washing game! 💼😁 

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  • Hello,

    Thank you for reaching out with your question. Using decking oil after cleaning your deck with sodium hypochlorite is perfectly fine. However, it’s crucial to ensure the decking is completely dry before applying the oil. Here’s why:

    Deep Penetration: Allowing the decking to dry completely ensures that the oil penetrates deep into the wood fibers. If the wood is still wet, the oil will not be able to soak in effectively, leading to a less durable finish and reduced protection.

    Optimal Results: Applying oil to dry wood will result in a more uniform and aesthetically pleasing finish. It will also maximize the oil’s protective properties, helping to shield the wood from moisture, UV rays, and general wear and tear.

    Steps to Follow:

    Clean Thoroughly: After soft washing with sodium hypochlorite, rinse the decking thoroughly to remove any residual chemical.
    Dry Completely: Allow the decking to dry naturally, which could take 24-48 hours depending on weather conditions.
    Apply Decking Oil: Once the wood is completely dry, apply the decking oil as per the manufacturer’s instructions.
    Waiting for the deck to dry completely is essential for achieving the best results and ensuring the longevity of your decking.

    Best regards,
    Mark Cave
    SoftWash UK

    Mark Cave on

  • Would there be any issues using decking oil after using sodium hypochlorite?

    Sean on

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