Outdoor composite decking can be a great investment for your home. It is durable, looks good and it won’t rot in the weather like wood decks. But if you want to enjoy this new outdoor space, you’ll need to know how to maintain it properly. In this blog post we will discuss what causes damage to your composite deck, how to prevent that from happening and some tips on cleaning and maintaining your deck so that it always looks nice!
Eventually, leaf mold and mildew will coat the surface of your composite deck reducing its durability.
Since leaves fall off trees all year round and travel on the wind, outdoor composite decks inevitably accumulate a thin film of dirt that can greatly reduce their life span as well as having a less than ideal aesthetic appeal.
You should sweep off all dust and dirt from your composite deck every week at least. This prevents any stains which might be left otherwise as well as reduces buildup in between boards due to rainwater seeping through the cracks over time. Sweep away debris by hand rather than sweeping across the surface because this causes scratches that can lead to splinters if they’re not repaired quickly enough. Don’t forget about those pesky cobwebs too!
If you have animals inside the house (like cats) then this can become more frequent because they are constantly bringing in all sorts of stuff outside for some reason.
From time to time, you will need to do some work on your deck and seal it with a waterproofing agent. You should apply this every three years or so if you want your composite deck looking nice all year round.
In terms of a regular cleaning process, the best way to clean your deck is with a slightly damp microfiber cloth. If you really want the wood grain texture, then use a brown paper towel and water or white vinegar on it instead of using a cleaning agent which will leave behind an oily residue.
Chemicals are not always necessary or desirable. If you don’t want to use chemicals on your composite deck’s surface, then just sprinkle baking soda over it and let it sit overnight before sweeping it away with a microfiber cloth. This will help break down organic material stuck on the deck and leaves a nice fresh scent behind.
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