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January 12, 2014

6 tips for cleaning your composite decking

Cleaning your composite decking´╝čComposite decking has a longer lifespan and requires less maintenance than wood. The product is easy to care for and comes in a variety of colors. Composite decking is generally more costly than wood, and newer materials don’t have the problems that older composite decking had with mold, mildew and stains. Regular maintenance and occasional cleaning with either a commercial product or a homemade detergent are the only care a composite deck needs.

Here are the tips for cleaning:

1.Use a leaf blower or a broom to regularly clean off the deck. Don’t let leaves accumulate.

2.Hose the decking down after sweeping or blowing it. Sweep water away from any areas with poor drainage. Standing water might damage or stain the deck material.

3.Clean up organic material that has adhered to the decking with a pressure washer. Don’t overdo the pressure washing because excessively high pressure can harm the surface.

4.Scrape the spaces between boards with a knife or similarly shaped tool to keep the gaps from becoming clogged and moldy from trapped material. Decking with spaces between boards that are greater than 3/16 of an inch probably won’t need this.

5.Use a commercial decking cleaner. Test before you use it on an inconspicuous part of the deck. Some may stain. Follow the Protechwood’s directions for using the cleaner.

6.Create your own decking cleaner by combining 2/3 cup tri-sodium phosphate (TSP) with 1/3 cup powdered laundry detergent in 3 quarts of water. Add 1 quart of bleach. Use a soft brush to scrub the mixture in the direction of the grain and rinse thoroughly.

Now you know the way of cleaning your composite decking.

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