Maintenance Guide

Maintenance Tips for your Composite Decking

Maintaining Composite Decking

Composite Decking boards are extremely hard-wearing and easy to maintain. Composite construction means that the boards do not rot, splinter or warp like traditional wooden boards. And there’s no requirement for them to be regularly sealed, stained, painted or waterproofed.

Keep your deck clean by sweeping with a soft broom regularly. Twice a year you may also want to wash the decking using soapy water or a specialist decking cleaning solution. We recommend this is undertaken in the spring and again in the autumn.

Cleaning Guidelines

Soil And Debris
The affected area should be sprayed off with a hose to remove surface debris. Use warm, soapy water and a soft bristle brush to remove soil and debris from the embossing pattern.

Tannins Due To Debris
Remove all debris from deck using a hose or broom. Once the deck surface is dry, apply a "deck brightener" to the deck as directed by the manufacturer. Deck brighteners contain oxalic acid, which will remove tannins.

Ice And Snow
A plastic shovel may be used to remove snow from the deck. Use calcium chloride or rock salt to melt the snow and ice from the deck surface.

Oil/Grease/Food
All food spills should be removed as soon as possible. To remove, spray off with a hose and use warm, soapy water and a soft bristle brush to remove spills from embossing pattern.

Mould And Mildew
If debris, such as pollen and soil, is allowed to remain on the deck surface, mould can feed on the biofilm. Using a hose and warm, soapy water with a soft bristle brush is recommended to remove the food source and mould.

Using a Pressure Washer
A pressure washer with no greater than 3100 psi** that has a fan attachment/adjustment and soap dispenser may be used to remove soil, concrete dust, or other types of construction soil. Spray deck with soap, then follow by gently scrubbing each deck board with a soft bristle brush. Spray/rinse each individual deck board using fan tip no closer than 8" from the decking surface. RINSE THOROUGHLY. If dirty water from cleaning is left to dry, this will cause a film to remain on the decking surface.

Colour Variations

All WPC decking materials exposed to the weather will fade during the early months, thereafter it will remain stable. As our composite wood is a man-made recycle product, colour variations are to be expected. Our warranty does not cover colour fade, discolouration or water marks, stains on our products. On deliveries colour variations may occur in different batches.

Storage Guidelines

To maintain the best performance of the products, we recommend that:

1 - The products are stored indoor in its original packaging.

2 - The boards must be stored flat and level, be supported above aground at every 300mm along the length.

3 - If stored outdoors the product must be kept in a covered area to prevent exposure to direct sunlight and weathering. They must be packed and stored as points 2.

4 - Similarly boards should not be stacked adjacent to sources of moisture

5 - Professional fork lift should be used while uploading and discharging the pallets.

6 - The pallet stacking maximum does not exceed 4 pallets.

7 - Must use new waterproof membrane wraps to protect the pallet when the initial package is broken. Do not expose the product direct to sunlight and weathering.

8 - Any damage occurred by man-made or other third part force majeure during stacking should be avoided

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Need Support or Advice?

If you would prefer to speak to us, then please get in touch with our sales team on: 01922 742433

Alternatively, send a enquiry to compositedecking@wpshandrails.com, we can then send you an itemised written quotation.

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