Composite wood decking acts as a convenient and alluring alternative decking material to natural wood decking for those who are looking to elevate the aesthetic appeal of their homes while also availing other benefits such as ease of customization as well as lower cost and effort of maintenance. The refined aesthetics of a natural wood deck are affected by factors such as climatic conditions and require consistent and careful maintenance, whereas composite deckings, manufactured by trusted and reputed makers such as Tropical Forest Products, are specially designed to repel dirt and remain relatively easy to clean.
Maintenance of Composite Decking
However, since most parts of Canada witness considerable snowfall; removing snow and excess water is necessary to retain your composite deck’s pristine look. Additionally, you may want to clean your composite deck due to spillage of fluids or to take proactive measures against mold or spore growth. While mold growth can compromise the structural stability of natural wood decks, it does not affect composite wood deckings in a similar manner.
Although, with time, your composite wood decking might require you to conduct a routine maintenance and clean-up process due to factors such as debris accumulation, unwelcome food, and beverage stains, or grease and oil marks.
Easy Cleaning Tips for Composite Decking
Fortunately, you can clean up your deck with relative ease right from the comfort of your home as in most cases you can restore your composite deck to its former glory with the help of household tools! Here we have compiled a shortlist of easy tips and tricks through which you can give a DIY twist to composite deck cleaning:
Soap, Bleach, Home Made Cleaning Solutions
Soap, oxygen bleach, & warm water: Generally, most stains on composite decks can be cleaned with a simple combination of liquid dishwashing soap, preferably ammonia-free, and warm water.
Alternatively, you can also use a mixture of diluted acetic acid, or vinegar, with water and baking soda to clean your composite decking; with the quantities of the aforementioned components depending upon the size of your composite deck.
Before applying your prepared mixture to your composite deck, ensure that you rinse your deck to remove superficial or recently accumulated dust and grime. Thereafter, you may proceed to apply the pre-prepared soapy water on the surface, before gently and thoroughly scrubbing individual composite deck boards with the help of a brush; preferably soft-bristled.
Do not forget to rinse off the deck thoroughly after you are done scrubbing to avoid the formation of unappealing layers of dislodged debris or dirty water.
Rubber or Plastic Edged Shovels
Snow-laden decks are a common sight in Canada, but it is imperative to use the right kind of shovel for ideal results. Using traditional, metal-edged shovels or snow-blowers will at the very least leave a few unpleasant scratches and marks on your composite wood decking, but may also inflict considerable visual and structural damage.
Therefore, trusting rubber or plastic-edged shovels, owing to their softer material, are your best bet.
Frustrating and annoying sheets of ice or sleet are found commonly in Canadian households throughout winter, and it is inadvisable to employ shovels to dislodge these sheets, to simply avoid causing damage to your composite decking.
Instead, we recommend the usage of calcium chloride-based ice-melting agents to achieve the desired result. To avoid unintentionally ruining your composite wood decking, steer clear of sodium chloride-based melting or cleaning agents, which can end up staining your composite decking.
Always check with our experts to learn about the suggested list of cleaning methods and solutions, to avoid inflicting permanent and irreversible damage to your composite decking or violating the terms of your warranty, and potentially losing its benefits.
Contact Tropical Forest Products at (647)371-5670 to learn more about our composite decks and other offerings.