Deck maintenance tips – Simple Landscaping Maintenance Every Homeowner Should Know About
There’s nothing quite so iconically Australian than poolside barbecues with family and friends. Decking provides the perfect accompaniment to your summer style but, like anything, there are things you should do to maintain it. Our composite decking in Perth requires far less maintenance than wooden decks but this doesn’t mean you should neglect proper care. These composite decking maintenance tips will help to maximise the lifespan of your deck and keep them looking brand new for longer.
Why we need maintenance
Maintenance can improve the longevity of a deck significantly. Even for composite decking, maintenance and cleaning are required, though once a year should be more than enough for most decks. This ensures that it will look brand new well into the future. It’s important to think of decking as an investment and regular maintenance will prevent the need for replacement meaning that you’ll get more for your money.
What do you need?
The exact cleaning solution will often vary between different types of composite decking in Perth. Each manufacturer will be able to recommend the products that work best for their decking. It is essential that you heed the advice as you may inadvertently damage your deck otherwise. These are some of the items which you may need for your deck maintenance.
- a hose
- a broom
- a brush with soft bristles
- a deck cleaning solution
Your deck shouldn’t have any items on it when you begin maintenance work as this will allow you to access the entirety of the deck. Therefore any pieces of furniture, cooking equipment and decor should be removed. Be mindful not to scratch the decking when you move heavier items. If any items are too heavy or not safe to move, you should cover them with plastic sheeting for protection.
Use your broom to remove all traces of dirt and debris from the deck while being careful not to scratch the surface. Debris is important to remove as it can cause scratches itself if left unchecked. It can also be particularly problematic if it becomes acidic after decomposition.
Using a soft brush and a cleaning product suited to your decking, scrub the deck. Although, you may be tempted to use a pressure washer it is not recommended for composite decking. Having the pressure on too high or washing too close can cause irreversible etching of your deck. As such, hand washing is the safer and more reliable choice that will give you better results.
Regardless of the cleaning product used, the soap and suds shouldn’t be left to dry. If this happens the decking can potentially discolour and will start to look older and worn. To avoid this, make sure you use a hose to wash away all the residual suds.
Leave the deck to dry before placing any items back onto the deck. Doing otherwise will likely cause the surface to scratch.
At New Wave Flooring, we sell the highest quality composite decking in Perth. Contact us today at 08 6406 1488.