Thompson Wood Cleaner and Stain Deck Makeover {Review & Giveaway}

by Melanie Roberts

in Giveaway, makeover, prod, Product Review


Labor Day is fast approaching and that means summer is coming to an end. Here in Florida it is actually going to be “Our” time to go outside and have fun in the beautiful Florida Sunshine. During the summer month it’s just too hot to enjoy your backyard or deck. We love our outdoor space and spend a lot of time on our big wood deck during the fall month.

Our deck is about 3 years old and with the sun beating on it every single day it sure took its toll over the last few years. So this summer, my hubby decided to get it all ready and pretty for the fall, so we can enjoy a few nice evenings on the deck with the kids. Bless his heart, he spend about 4-5 days on the deck painting between rain and major heat wave, but he didn’t complain once. What a great Hubby he is.

Check out what our deck looked like before we started.

As you can see, it was in desperate need of a makeover, the stain was flaking off and the wood was dirty and just not looking good at all. It wasn’t inviting to go out and spend time on our big deck.

First up, Hubby had to clean off all the old stain and dirt and he used the Thompson’s WaterSeal Heavy Duty Deck Cleaner. I was a little skeptical at first; the website claims this cleaner would restore the wood to its natural beauty. How can that be after it has already “weathered” and turned gray by Mother Nature was my first thought. BUT, I wanted proof, so we went out to Lowes and picked up the required items to get the deck cleaned.


You need:

  • A Sprayer to put the Deck Cleaner in
  • A brush that has very stiff bristles, I would recommend a bigger one for the big areas and a smaller one for rails and smaller areas on your deck.

We’ve also found a great video, that explains what products we needed and how to get your deck cleaned, since we had never cleaned or re-painted our deck it sure was a big help.

Now that we’ve educated ourselves on what we need and how to get it done, hubby went outside and spend a Saturday cleaning the deck. Check out the pictures how the deck looked after it was cleaned.


That was very impressive, I was truly surprised of how quickly the deck was restored, all the prior stain was removed and our deck almost looked like the day we installed it. Amazing!!!  Thompson’s WaterSeal Heavy Duty Deck Cleaner, surly exceeded my expectations in this Deck makeover project. Unbelievable!!

You do know the importance of cleaning your deck every 2-3 years to keep the beauty of the deck going and have a beautiful deck that your entire family can enjoy for years to come. Thompson has a wonderful line of wood protection from cleaners to sealers and stains that will get the job done. Have you spend some time on their website to explore the many different products and tips, ideas as well as Video How to’s? I had no idea that Thompson’s has that much information and help available. This turned out to be such a great makeover of our deck and it was simple as 1-2-3.

1 . Clean the Deck
2. Let it dry
3. Seal or stain/paint the deck

After we cleaned/ stripped our deck of the old paint we had a few days with rain storms and very bad weather, for Florida so unusual, BUT someone knew we were painting the deck and decided to not corporate and send us the rain. But hubby went outside every sunny chance he got and stained the deck in a beautiful new color, we’ve decided on Thompson’s® WaterSeal® Deck & House Semi-Transparent Latex Waterproofing Stain. It was kind of hard to choose, since Thompson’s has 117 different colors to choose from. I had no idea. We decided on a cedar color and it actually turned out great.


I’m super excited; can you see how beautiful our deck looks now? It truly is a part of the house again and I cannot wait to find new beautiful outdoor furniture to finish off the deck. With summer coming to an end, you should be able to find some great buys and you can enjoy them for a few more weeks/month sitting on your beautiful updated deck.

Here is some information about Thompson’s, we’ve always used Thompson for any of our wood projects, so I cannot compare them to any other product, but what I can say, we LOVE the outcome of every project that we’ve used Thompson’s products on.

Key Features about the Thompson’s® WaterSeal® Deck & House Semi-Transparent Latex Waterproofing Stain Approx. $20/gallon

  • Superior fade resistant color.
  • Prevents water damage.
  • Long-lasting and scuff resistant.
  • Coating resists mildew and UV damage.
  • One coat coverage.
  • Soap and water clean-up.
  • Low odor, safe and easy to use.
  • Use on: decks, siding, fences, outdoor wood furniture, other exterior wood surfaces.
  • Can be expected to protect against water damage and graying for 5 years on decks and 15 years on fences and siding.

Key Features Thompson’s WaterSeal Heavy Duty Deck Cleaner approx. $17/Gallon

  • Removes weathered clear & tinted waterproofers and semi-transparent stains.
  • Restores wood’s natural color & beauty.
  • Removes stains from dirt, mildew, algae and fungus.
  • Ready-to-use.
  • Use before waterproofing on: decks & fences, outdoor furniture, exterior wood, wood plastic composite decking.
  • Use if you need to remove weathered clear & tinted waterproofers or semi-transparent stains in addition to stains from dirt, mildew, algae & fungus.

For more information on Thompson’s and any of their products be sure to check them out on the Web, or follow on Facebook or @thompsonswseal

Let’s be honest, it was a little elbow grease but in the end something that you and hubby can do to spruce up your outdoor living area. Thompson’s agrees and wants one of my readers to have their very own Deck/ Fence Makeover and agreed to send the winner 1 case of 4 bottles of Thompson’s WaterSeal Heavy Duty Deck Cleaner and 1 case of Thompson’s® WaterSeal, color of choice. This Giveaway is retailed at close to $150.00

I was provided with the product for my honest review, all opinions are 100% our own and no other compensation was nor will be received. Facebook is not associated with this Giveaway and is hereby released from any liability, if any.

{ 44 comments… read them below or add one }

trista hevey August 15, 2011 at 2:50 pm

i need to win this because the stain we used on our deck last year didn’t last at all….so dissapointed in its appearance. Also i am on maternity leave, so money is a lil tight, hubby would be so happy if i won this to help him out.


Susan Morris August 16, 2011 at 2:53 pm

I need this deck makeover kit because our small deck is surrounded by trees and is constantly being covered in leaves and sap. Fall is cooler and a perfect time to restore our little “sanctuary”.


karen M August 16, 2011 at 8:21 pm

I would love to redo the kids wooden swing set.. it is still very solid and just needs a makeover. I am anxious to win to give it try and see how well it does.


Pauline Milner August 18, 2011 at 3:22 am

We have a huge deck that I stained only last year.

This year, it is really weathered and needs to be redone.

My husband is away working and will not be home until late November.

I guess that leaves redoing the deck to me. These products certainly would make the job much easier.

Thanks for the great giveaway. ~Pauline (


Debbie jackson August 18, 2011 at 9:43 am

i so need this as it is time to redo our old deck


Shawn Seiler August 18, 2011 at 3:45 pm

I need this product b/c I just bought a house and the deck is completely unsealed. This is my first house and the list of “to-do’s” is very long!


karen M August 20, 2011 at 12:23 am

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Michele L August 20, 2011 at 12:48 am

My barn and deck look so terrible…and my wood is warping! I really need the protection against the weather (especially the barn)


Angela J August 20, 2011 at 3:54 pm

Our decks went through one of our coldest winters and hottest summers, and it shows.


Tia August 20, 2011 at 4:07 pm

I need this because we just bought a home with a deck and it is in need of a makeover.


joni August 21, 2011 at 4:40 am

I so need this. My deck is looking pretty shabby. I want it to look like yours!!!


Rebecca Shockley August 21, 2011 at 9:24 am

We need this because our deck is in ruins and it needs a makeover! It’s depressing


Kate August 21, 2011 at 9:31 am

I need this because the people that lived here before us didn’t take care of anything! I want my deck to be beautiful like yours!


karen M August 21, 2011 at 10:41 am



angie August 21, 2011 at 11:41 pm

My deck color is totally worn out.


Kelly D August 22, 2011 at 8:29 am

My kid’s playhouse, swingset needs a repaint.


Kelly D August 22, 2011 at 8:29 am

My kid’s playhouse, swingset needs a repaint.


Kelly D August 22, 2011 at 8:30 am

My kids playhouse and swingset needs to be repainted.


Kelly D August 22, 2011 at 8:31 am

disregard-posted twice by mistake


Cynthia C August 22, 2011 at 12:58 pm

My deck is faded and ugly looking. It’s not even fun to sit out there. It really needs a makeover.


Monique Rizzo August 22, 2011 at 3:19 pm

I NEED this because our stairs outside are so faded they look gray!!!
Thanks for the chance.


Sammi August 24, 2011 at 2:17 pm

I’m just building our deck right now – it would be great to start it off nice


elizabeth p August 24, 2011 at 8:53 pm

I am embarrassed to admit how long it has been since we did anything to our deck.


Aisling August 26, 2011 at 9:32 pm

Our deck is almost 20 years old and needs another good cleaning and re-staining. (Your deck looks wonderful, btw!) If I could win the products, my DH wouldn’t have an excuse to put off the work.


wendy wallach August 27, 2011 at 11:06 am

My deck has never been sealed and is in horrible condition! Since I am recently married, my husband has been working hard to do all the things that were neglected for years. This would allow us to make our deck usable and family friendly!

madamerkf at aol dot com


Toby Smith August 27, 2011 at 1:34 pm

We really need to clean and restain out deck badly. We haven’t been able to do it for the last several years due to financial difficulties. Since our house is situated on a hill near a creek, our back deck is essentially our back yard.


Belinda Shaw August 27, 2011 at 1:35 pm

I stained my deck last year but the color was too dark. Due to the economy, I can’t redo it at this time but really would like to.


Sunshyn V August 27, 2011 at 2:21 pm

Our deck hasn’t been resealed in years and years. I’ve been trying to get my husband to do it, but he doesn’t get around to things like that without something to kick him into starting it. Winning this prize would certainly do that!


Shaunda Eppes August 27, 2011 at 6:22 pm

We need this. We were just talking about power washing the deck yesterday.
Shaunda.Eppes at gmail dot com


Mike Stewart August 28, 2011 at 3:17 am

Our deck is in desperate need of a make over, and these materials can be pretty expensive, so I’ve had to put it off due to the cost. Thanks for the chance to win!


Danny Lindsey August 28, 2011 at 4:04 am

Our deck is very weathered and needs to be refinished


Mary Casper August 28, 2011 at 10:33 am

my large deck is a mess for the last two weeks I have been on my hands and knees scrubbing it and that approach is not working


Bradley Florea August 28, 2011 at 3:16 pm

My deck is in need of serious makeover. Have used used other products in past and interested in how well this product will perform.


April bever August 28, 2011 at 4:06 pm

Becuse i need it



Alisha Kostiuk August 28, 2011 at 5:14 pm

I need to win this because our deck is old and has not been redone since we moved here


Pauline M August 28, 2011 at 7:16 pm

Very simply, it’s time to paint the deck :( This is not my favorite activity, but if I can find a way to make it fun for my kids, maybe I’ll be able to pull off a Tom Sawyer!


eileen mccallister August 29, 2011 at 1:26 am

We are just finishing up on a two story deck and would like to protect our investment!


Nadine L August 29, 2011 at 8:22 am

We need this because our small deck is 20+ years old, has green moldy looking stuff starting to grow on it and needs a fresh coat of stain since it hasn’t been done in 10+ years


cas123 August 29, 2011 at 10:21 am

My mother has a deck and ramp on her house. She recently passed away and the wood has been neglected for a while due to her illness. We need to make it nice to sell the house.


Donna D August 29, 2011 at 12:18 pm

I need this deck makeover kit because our deck was surrounded by trees and constantly being covered in leaves and sap, it looks awful!!! This last winter we had a ice storm that downed so many trees, there was so much clean up. Most everything is back to normal except the deck and it still looks awful, I need to and would love to win this so we can get it finished before winter. With most the tress now gone and this makeover kit my deck should be good to go for a while! Beautiful!


George August 29, 2011 at 1:31 pm

I need this because my back deck lacks good weatherproofing and looks worse than your before picture. Also the painters didn’t do such a great job on my front porch.


crystal allen August 29, 2011 at 2:13 pm

our fence needs to be cleaned and then protected from the weather elements, thanks clallen at ntin dot net


JoeyfromSC August 29, 2011 at 7:53 pm

I wanna gift it to my best friend for his deck! thanks!



Kim H.
August 29, 2011 at 8:58 pm

Our pool deck needs this badly. Once the recession hit our family and abruptly turned us into a one income family the extras like sealing our pool deck sort of went on the wayside. Thanks.
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