How to Keep Your Timber Decking Clean

It can be difficult to keep on top of your decking as the seasons change, but there are some things you can do that are essential to the cleanliness of your decking and in assuring it has a long life.

Cleaning

This may seem obvious but a lot of people neglect to do this.

After all, it rains a lot! Surely the rain clears off my decking?

Unfortunately the rain is not enough. In fact during the wet months your decking is harder to keep clean during the mud and debris that gets scattered across it.

  1. Firstly you’re going to want to get rid of all moss and debris. Use a stiff brush and continuously sweep the decking until it is clear of all obvious dirt.
  2. Then use a hose pipe or pressure washer to wash this all away along with other built up dirt.

Try and do this every time you notice a build-up on the decking. The more you clean it, the longer it will last.

You may also choose to use a power spray or proprietary cleaner, but make sure you wait around two days for the decking to dry before adding a protective coat.

Protection

It’s best to protect your decking once a year, as the yearly cycle is enough to wear down the protective layer and make your decking in need of a new coat.

Types of product you can use include: decking oil, decking stain, and decking protector.

These protective layers make your decking waterproof and it is also relatively shielded from scruffs, knocks and it looks great too.

During winter you may want to protect your decking with a plastic cover, held down by breezeblocks. This will protect the timber from the harsher weather that comes in the winter months. That being said, it’s important that you don’t leave the cover on for too long as the lack of ventilation can damage the wood.

Restoring your decking

Add restorer to worn and tattered decking to restore its natural colour. Then add protectors to keep it looking great.

Restore your decking bit by bit as the process can take around 15 minutes. Trying to do a large area at a time may not work well.

Follow the directions on your specific restorer to get the best finish possible.

Now you know all the steps, make sure you keep on top of cleaning that decking!

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