It was a serious case of the attack of the green slime on my deck brick patio. As I skidded across the deck my first thought was “Why am I sliding across the deck and this is war!” And hence the search for an eco friendly safe deck cleaner commenced.
I know there are many toxic cleaners I could use, but I wanted a safe non toxic cleaning product for the family, pets and environment. After much research and comparison of customer reviews and DIY experiences, I was convinced to try removing my green slime with Thompsons Oxy Foaming Action cleaner.
Attack Of The Green Slime
Last summer the conditions were ripe for the green moss aka green slime aka green algae to attack the brick patio. We live in the northern United States and spring and summer weather can be iffy.
And iffy it was; we never really had summer weather except for a few spurts of hot and humid conditions. It was spring type weather throughout the summer which boded well for a stealth attack of the green stuff.
Additionally the brick patio is shaded most of the day which provides a nice moist climate. Nice for the slime, not so nice for the homeowner. As a novice slime owner I kept hoping it would go away as in go away on its’ own.
Nope! So I made the mistake of not launching a counter attack sooner rather than later and paid the price with extra elbow grease needed to remove the slime with an eco friendly cleaning product. My choice of product was Thompsons Oxy Foaming Action eco friendly cleaning product.
What Are The Ingredients Of Thompsons Oxy Foaming Action And What Does It Mean?
The Thompsons Oxy Foaming Action is comprised of:
13% Sodium Carbonate
86% Sodium Carbonate Peroxyhydrate
1% Sodium Metasilicate Pentahydrate
Sodium Carbonate is also known as washing soda and used as a water softener for laundry and the foaming agent in toothpaste. Also used in ramen noodles for their flavor and texture. Who knew!
Sodium Carbonate Peroxyhydrate is a combination of sodium carbonate and hydrogen peroxide. Approved in 2002 as an algaecide for lakes and to treat green moss.
Sodium Metasilicate Pentahydrate is a washing agent. In the pentahydrate form, approved for the washing of fruits and vegetables. Frequently as a phosphate free cleaner.
I know those with a DIY instinct are thinking – hey! I can make that myself – I can’t vouche for the chemistry of the above ingredients except to say I can be a DIY’er and with this mixture I will leave the chemistry and mixing to the professionals.
How To Use The Eco Friendly Cleaning Product
In two words. Elbow grease and a lot of it.
But I knew that due to my research that was the trade off I made for choosing a non toxic cleaning product. That was also because I had let the green slime accumulate and in retrospect I should have launched the counter attack much sooner. Lesson learned the hard elbow grease way.
Though advertised as eco friendly I did use protective gear for the application due to my cautious nature. Long pants, long sleeves, rubber gloves, old shoes, and protective eyewear.
There is the precautionary paragraph regarding skin and eye contact on the container and I took heed.
The application is the easy part and is similar to washing the clothes old school except you are washing the deck.
- Mix Thompsons with water per the directions.
- Apply in sections.
- Let the mixture soak and ruminate.
- Scrub. Either with a coarse
Deck Cleaning Vs. Power Washing
Power washing is definitely quicker; however I prefer the extra labor for deck cleaning with a pet friendly and deck friendly cleaner. An additional consideration is the condition of the deck. I have used Thompsons on both types of decks, but the wood deck is aged and weathered; this deck prefers a little TLC verses the power washing which is a bit harsh for this “vintage” deck.
Tips For Using The Eco Friendly Safe Deck Cleaner
As I mentioned, last summer I waited way too too long to attempt removal of the green slime. The green slime moss algae was in its’ happy place and joyfully thriving on the patio and also stuck like glue to the stones.. Interesting the moss can be stuck like glue, but provides a nice skating rink whenever you attempt to walk on it.
Tip number 1
Do not let the slime accumulate. This year I will attack any green intruders on a spot by spot basis if needed and plan on using the Thompsons Oxy Foaming Action twice a season.
Tip number 2
Wear old clothes. It is a messy, foamy job. Have the proper scrubbing tools handy prior to cleaning. Decide upon the proper tool in relation to the composite of the area being scrubbed as to cause no harm.
Tip number 3
Pick a nice day. Remember you will be outside awhile in battle ready clothes. This chore is just a bit more tolerable if the weather cooperates with sunny skies and low humidity.
You have the knowledge and the method, prep your battle station and prepare to win the battle of the slime!
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