17 June, 2014 0 comments Leave a comment

Thinking about staining your deck.   We carry several products to stain your deck like our  2 coat stain,  Transformation Siding & Trim, Weatherseal Stain, Sikkens Cetol SRD, ABR X-100, and CTA Q8 Log Oil.  They all come in a variety colors.  All Semi-Transparent stains so you can see the grain of the wood.

Call us today we would be happy to assist you in choosing your stain for your deck!



30 April, 2014 0 comments Leave a comment

Chlorine bleach


  • Strongly bleaches all types of wood
  • Inexpensive
  • Readily available
  • Kills mildew


  • Chlorine gas can be released if chlorine bleach is mixed with other household chemicals, such as ammonia.
  • Chlorine gas can be hazardous or fatal
  • Kills plants, especially new growth
  • Can over-oxidize wood cell walls and degrade them
  • Very corrosive to metal fasteners ( nails and screws)
  • Can affect adhesion of coatings if not completely rinsed from the logs surface

Oxalic Acid


  • Particularly good at removing tannin stains
  • It is the only cleaning product of choice for redwood - other type cleaners will discolor redwood
  • It is the best product for removing rust stains


  • Does not kill mildew
  • It is a poison & must be handled very carefully

It must be thoroughly rinsed from wood that will be finished with water-based coatings or unsightly whitish blemishes may appear beneath the coating ( or other negative effects can occur)

Sodium Per Carbonate (Oxygen Bleach)


  • The most environmentally friendly bleach/cleaner
  • The safest bleach/cleaner to use (but it can irritate the eyes)
  • It disassociates into hydrogen peroxide, soda ash & water that's all
  • Does not aggressively corrode metal fasteners
  • If not completely rinsed from the wood, little affect on subsequent coatings is likely
  • Kills mildew
  • Strongly bleaches all types of wood (except for un-aged redwood)


  • Must not be used on un-aged redwood (it turns it almost black in color)
  • More expensive than other cleaners/bleaches
  • The residual soda as can appear as whitish patches underneath a stain or lacquer if not well rinsed

Trisodium Phosphate


  • Readily available
  • Inexpensive


  • No bleaching action


All of these products can be purchased on our I-Wood-Care online store under cleaners.


    Tending To Checks & Cracks

    21 November, 2013 0 comments Leave a comment

    It's important to pay close attention to these openings, as they are thoughts for water rain and snow.  For Ideal treatment of a check:

    Thoroughly clean the inside surfaces of checks (where the caulk will be in contact to remove dirt and unsound wood.

    Apply backer rod to checks 1/4" or wider before staining and caulking.

    Stain the wall with a stain that is compatible with your caulking or chinking, making sure the stain seeps into the check.

    Gun the caulking into the check - Log Builder or Conceal are ideal for this application.

    Tool the caulk to ensure good adhesion to the wood.