How to Maintain Composite Decking
Last Updated Oct 9, 2019 · Written by Jaclyn Fitzgerald · 2 min read
Composite Decks-How To
Composite decking is taking the landscaping world by storm as it gives you the look of real timber without the associated deck maintenance required from other materials. However, composite decking does still require a little bit of maintenance to keep it looking good. Here’s what you need to know. If you have any other questions or want to check out the best deck cleaners, speak to your local decking professional.
Sweep the deck regularly
One of the best ways to keep your composite deck maintained is to simply sweep it regularly. Sweeping the deck at least weekly will remove all of the dirt and debris that tends to gather on the surface. If you find that your deck is extra leafy for some reason, a leaf blower can remove larger amounts of leaves very quickly.
Cleaning a composite deck
One of the most important steps in maintaining your composite decking is to ensure that the deck is kept clean. You should give your deck a thorough cleaning a few times a year – a good way to remember is when the seasons change. Use a good commercial decking cleaner that is rated for use with composite decks. Follow the instructions that are given with the cleaner to ensure that you don’t accidentally damage the deck.
Clean in Between the Gaps
One thing that all decks have is gaps in between the decking boards. This can be a haven for tiny bits of gunk to get caught in so it is an excellent idea to spend time at least once a year scraping all of that gunk out. You can easily do this with an old putty knife or even an old butter knife. Just be careful to not scratch or gouge the boards accidentally.
Pressure Clean Only When Necessary
In some cases, such as when dirt and grime just can’t be removed by cleaning alone, you may want to have your deck pressure cleaned. If you have a pressure washer you can do it yourself but you do have to be careful not to apply too much pressure to the surface of the boards or you may damage them. For peace of mind you may want to hire a pressure washing professional instead. You’ll also be assured that they’ll get your deck absolutely sparkling clean!