Deck cleaning can be quite the chore.
Although you might love spending time on your deck, one thing that you might not love is actually having to clean it. Luckily, you can enjoy your deck without spending nearly as much time on cleaning if you follow these decking ideas for making the area easier to clean.
Choose the Right Decking Material
Not all decks are created equally when it comes to cleaning. Wooden decks, for example, can stain easily, and it can be tough to get rid of these stains. Adding a protective coating can help, but a wooden deck can still be a pain to take care of. Capped composite decking from NexGEN Decking is a good option that is always easy to clean and maintain.
Deck Cleaning Where to Start
Start by brushing the whole deck with a stiff broom. This helps with deck cleaning as it get rid of loose dirt and lets you see where caked-on mud and moss might be lingering. A weekly sweep also helps prevent water and dust from drying out your boards. Be very careful using pressure washers on timber as it can check the surface of timber and strip the deck of any protective coatings that may have been applied.
Pressure washing capped composite decking is no problem and makes for a very quick and easy job.
For heavily stained areas add some laundry detergent to a bucket of warm water and scrub with a stiff broom or a large scrubbing brush. Applying a stronger mixture or a purpose made deck-cleaning solution can help get rid of stubborn stains.
Stains will wash off capped composite decking very easily however with some stains on timber you may have to sand off stains and marks. We recommend that you sand the timber after cleaning so you don’t force dirt into the boards as you sand.
Deck Cleaning Tip – Keep a Hose Near By
It’s always a good idea to have a hose near your deck. Then deck cleaning does not become so much of a chore as you can quickly spray off spills and debris before it causes a stain. If the hose is right there, it’s likely that you’ll grab it as needed to keep your deck nice and clean.
Choose the Right Furnishings
You may be thinking about outfitting your deck with decorative and practical items, such as furniture or a rug. When doing so, make sure that you look for materials that do not stain easily and that can be easily wiped or sprayed down. This can help you keep your furnishings looking great while making the cleaning process a whole lot easier.
As you can see, there are steps that you can take to make your deck area that much easier to clean. If you are looking to install a new, easy-to-clean and easy-to-maintain deck, contact us at NexGEN Decking today.