All decks can begin to look dirty and worn down over time, especially throughout the transitions of the seasons. With your deck constantly exposed to the elements, it will inevitably become dirty, and without proper maintenance, it can affect the longevity of the deck. Composite decking is durable, low-maintenance, and provides great appeal to your home. It’s considered one of the most popular forms of decking, and although composite decking lasts longer than other wooden decks, it still accumulates dirt and shows wear and tear over time. Below are some tips on maintaining your composite deck and keeping it looking clean throughout the year.
An important aspect of maintaining a clean composite deck throughout the year is cleaning it regularly. Cleaning your deck of debris by sweeping and other methods should be done at least twice a week, while deep cleaning your deck is recommended at least twice a year.
Using the Correct Cleaner
When cleaning your composite deck, it is important to use the correct cleaner. A cleaner that cleans more than the surface of your deck while also protecting it. Specific cleaners can harm your deck and ruin its appearance, damaging the material and structure of your deck over time.
Using the Proper Tools
Along with using the correct cleaner, it is also important that you use the proper tools when cleaning your composite decking. The use of gentle tools such as brooms, garden hoses, and, when necessary, plastic shovels for elements such as snow is key in maintaining a clean composite deck.
No Pressure Washing
Although pressure washing may be tempting and seems like the most efficient way to deep clean your deck quickly, it is not a recommended method for cleaning composite decks. Pressure washing may cause damage to the structure and material composite decking. As mentioned above, a garden hose is an excellent tool in keeping your composite deck clean.
Don’t Leave Any Gaps.
Homeowners often leave the gaps in their deck unattended while cleaning. Cleaning the gaps allows air to pass between the boards of your deck, preventing the growth of mold and mildew. It is advised you clean out the gaps between deck boards at least once a year. Doing so helps maintain the longevity of your deck.
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