My lovely spouse, Karen, and I decided it was that time — back deck must be cleaned.
It hadn’t been cleaned for — well, awhile. When we bought the vintage-70’s house in 2002 the deck was there — a weathered platform of some indeterminate gray lumber, which I coated with something to make it look less weathered and indeterminate.
That’s the redwoodish looking coating that’s on there now. It’s actually held up pretty well since I put that most recent coat on a few years ago.
But everything outside gets dirty and must be cleaned.
We got heavy accumulations of muck around the doormats and flower pots, but the whole thing looked dull and dingy.
It was a job for Enviro Klean 2010 All Surface Cleaner.
PROSOCO created this amazing cleaner in the late 90’s specifically for restoration cleaning of the interior Kasota limestone of Union Station, Kansas City, Mo. The venerable train station had been abandoned nearly a decade before restoration cleaning by Mid-Continental Restoration, Fort Scott, Kan., in 1998.
The Mid-Continental Restoration crews needed something powerful enough to wipe out decades worth of soot from trains, and the tobacco smoke of millions of passengers, along with water stains from a leaky roof, and accumulated grime from 10 years of neglect.
But it had to be gentle enough not to harm the sensitive, though beautiful limestone walls blanketed beneath the dirty coating.
Originally labeled “1922 Hard Surface Cleaner,” (1922 was the test formula number) PROSOCO’s custom creation took on the moniker “2010 All Surface Cleaner” after people started using it to clean, well, everything. All Surface Cleaner uses no harsh acids, caustics or solvents, which can damage sensitive surfaces, yet has most of their cleaning power.
Its secret is “chelating” agents, or “chelants.” These are molecules that chemically latch onto contaminant molecules and suspend them in solution to be rinsed away. Chelants are small enough to go into microscopic surface pores to grab soaked-in or ground-in contaminants that larger detergent molecules can’t reach.
“Chela” comes from Latin, and means “claw.” The tweezer-like ability of 2010 All Surface Cleaner to grab hard-to-nab contaminants isn’t limited to hard surfaces, either. I’ve seen fellow-employees use 2010 All Surface Cleaner to pull ink stains out of clothing.
That’s not to put down detergents, though. In addition to the chelating agents, 2010 All Surface Cleaner has a blend of detergents effective against a wide range of grease and grime. It’s really like the Swiss Army knife of cleaners — including the tweezers.
Since I first wrote about 2010 All Surface Cleaner at Union Station, I’ve seen it used everywhere. It cleaned new-construction grit and grime off the precast concrete exterior of the newly built W Luxury Hotel in downtown Dallas, and interior marble at the Cuyahoga County Courthouse in Cleveland.
And let’s not forget my back deck.
Cleaning was easy. First I wet the deck with the pressure washer at about 300 psi. I hoped I’d blow the gunk off just with that, but it was too ground-in. I diluted 2010 All Surface Cleaner one part cleaner to three parts water in a plastic spray bottle, and sprayed down half the deck. I spread it around and sudsed it up with some light scrubbing with a long-handled scrub-brush. I let the cleaner “dwell” for a few minutes. Then I rinsed it off with the pressure washer.
Then I did the other half of the deck the same way.
The hardest part was winding up the hose from the pressure washer to the wand when I was finished. We can put a man on the moon, but we can’t make a hose for an electric pressure-washer that won’t kink and snarl.
The deck looked good, though, and Karen seemed impressed. She pointed out that the deck looked as good as when I’d first coated it.
I’m thinking that’s got to be worth some husband-points.
How about 2010, hon?