Composite decking is one of the most notable decking options in Ipswich. Whether built for residential or commercial establishments, they are considered an excellent choice because of their durability and aesthetic appeal. Besides that, compared to other decking materials, composite planks are easier to clean and maintain.
At Ipswich Landscaping, our team has been crafting bespoke composite decks in the city for many years. We recommend this type of deck because it can provide a functional and stunning space that will help our customers maximize their outdoor living areas. However, unlike any kind of decking, it also requires proper care and maintenance. So, whether you are just thinking of having it built or you wish to keep your existing composite deck last for a long time, our team got you covered. Look into the simple tips we recommend so you can properly take care of your composite deck.
Clean oil and grease immediately.
For mould and mildew to thrive, it requires moisture and oxygen. Composite decks are specifically engineered and designed to withstand the growth of mildew and mould. However, food debris like oil and grease or other organic materials that are left on your deck’s surface can be a breeding ground for mould. To avoid this, we recommend that you immediately clean any spills or food debris on your deck. You can use a mixture of dish soap and water to get rid of it and prevent staining.
Don’t use shovels or tools that have sharp edges to remove snow.
When the winter season comes, one of the problems that homeowners face is scooping snow off their composite decks. Although using a shovel might be an easy way to get things done, it should be avoided because it can scratch and etch the surface of your deck. If the scratch is too deep, it can leave permanent damage to your deck boards. Instead of using a shovel or any tools that have sharp edges, such as rakes or hoes, we recommend using calcium chloride to get rid of the heap of snow on your deck.
Pick the correct cleaner for your deck.
If warm water and dish soap can’t eliminate the stains in your composite deck, you can also use a deck cleaner. However, you have to be mindful when picking a cleaner for your deck because some types are highly corrosive. Cleaners that contain chlorine bleach are not good for your deck because they can ruin your deck’s protective coating and cause discolouration. You can look for non-toxic and mild cleaners that can help remove the stains in your deck without damaging your deck floors. If you are not confident of what to use, you can also research the cleaners recommended by manufacturers.
Use the pressure washer carefully.
Using a pressure washer on composite decks is not typically advised because it can etch the deck’s surface or cause permanent damage to your deck if it is not done correctly. That is why it is vital to keep a few things in mind before grabbing your pressure washer. First, you have to ensure that you are using a fan tip on your pressure washer. This process can help diffuse the water and lessen the pressure that will reach your deck. You have to look for the recommended amount of pressure for your deck, so you don’t risk leaving a dent on your board. Moreover, you have to remember not to put the nozzle too close to the deck’s surface.
Fix any drainage issues.
Having proper drainage in your outdoor areas can help prevent standing water on your deck. When you plan to build a deck, you have to make sure that there is ample space between the deck boards and the ground underneath. This process can provide good ventilation for your deck, and it can also help drain water off your deck easily.