Products

IT'S FINALLY SUMMERTIME! - SUMMER SPECIAL CODE. USE CODE: SUMMER10

SAVED: PAGE: ACTIVE AREA:

TIPS FOR MAINTAINING AND CLEANING YOUR COMPOSITE DECKING

Category: Decking
Published:



Composite decks are so much easier to clean than any other decking material. Although composite decks require little maintenance, cleaning it is essential to reduce the risk of damage and extend its life.


Composite Decking is far more durable, low-maintenance, and easier to clean than timber decking but despite the minimal upkeep, it does require periodic cleaning to maintain its natural appearance.


WHAT YOU NEED

Soft Bristle Brush

Mild Dish Soap

Warm Water

Bicarbonate of Soda

Distilled White Vinegar

One Teaspoon of Lemon Juice


PREPARE YOUR DECKING

The first step is removing all the furniture, potted plants, and accessories from your deck, so you can see any hidden dirt and debris around furniture and plants.


SWEEP YOUR DECKING

Sweep your deck to remove any loose dirt. Use a hand broom to remove any dirt stuck to your composite deck, or use a vacuum to suck up loose dirt and debris.


RINSE YOUR DECKING AND PREPARE A SOAPY WATER SOLUTION

Before scrubbing your composite decking boards, rinse your deck with warm water. This will make scrubbing and removing dirt and stubborn stains from textured composite decking boards easier. Once done, mix two tablespoons of dish soap into a bucket of warm water.

If your deck is plagued by mildew or mould, mix one tablespoon each of lemon juice and bicarbonate of soda and a quarter of a cup of distilled white vinegar and add the mixture to the water. Using the soft-bristled brush, apply gentle pressure as you scrub away any mildew or mould. Use a toothbrush with soft bristles to scrub the spaces in between the deck boards. 

SCRUB AND REMOVE DIRT AND DEBRIS

Gently start scrubbing your composite deck using a soft-bristled brush and soapy water. Ensure that the bristles are soft; a hard bristled brush could leave scratches on the deck surface. Gently apply pressure to remove stubborn stains and get into the spaces between each decking board.

Top Tip: If your deck receives direct sunlight, it is best to clean your composite deck in sections. The sun might dry out the soapy water, leaving behind a filmy residue.

RINSE YOUR DECK THOROUGHLY

Once you’ve finished scrubbing your deck, the most important step is to rinse away the soapy water solution. As mentioned above, you don’t want to be left with residue on your clean composite decking, so ensure that you rinse it thoroughly.


HOW TO PRESSURE WASH COMPOSITE DECKING

Cleaning composite decking with a pressure washer is possible, but follow the manufacturer’s guidelines to avoid damaging your deck. Pressure washing can be used on capped composite decking, but using a pressure washer on uncapped decking is not recommended since the boards are much softer and can damage easily.

Always use a fan tip nozzle to wash your composite decking. The nozzle will disperse the water evenly and avoids concentrating on a specific area that could strip away the composite decking board’s protective layer.

The best setting on a pressure washer to avoid damage is a maximum of 1,500 pounds per square inch (PSI). Do not exceed the PSI limit since this can cause cuts and scratches on the composite decking surface.

Keep the pressure washer at a safe distance from the deck’s surface; at least 20 to 30 centimetres.

To avoid unsightly scratches and cuts, clean with the grain and not against it. Use the pressure washer with each individual composite decking board to get the best results.


THINGS TO AVOID WHEN CLEANING YOUR COMPOSITE DECKING

Avoid using chlorine bleach products or bleach on your composite structure.

Bleach will cause your composite deck to fade and chip. It is incredibly corrosive and will eventually discolour and damage your deck boards.

Bleach and industrial cleaners contain harsh chemicals and should be avoided. Instead, use a cleaning product that is made specifically for composite decking. If you find the ingredient Sodium Hypochlorite listed on a composite deck cleaning product, avoid it at all costs. Sodium hypochlorite is a chlorine beach that will cause discolouration.

Always use a soft-bristled broom to sweep dirt and debris from your composite deck. Hard bristles will scratch your deck’s surface.




Article Listing
Total Pages:
Total Results:
Page Start:
Page Result #:

©IBT Building & Timber Merchants Ltd • Registered in Scotland SC229110 • All Rights Reserved • Website presented on Big RedLog in

X

Contact Us

 

 

 

Check User:

This form collects and sends the information supplied to IBT Building & Timber. You can read our privacy policy for full details on how we protect and manage your data.
  I consent to having IBT Building & Timber collect the above details.