Cleaning your decking regularly helps to prevent dirt and debris from building up. We recommend regular cleaning every 3 to 6 months to keep your boards looking fresh.
For regular cleaning, firstly using a soft brush remove any surface debris or leaves to prepare your deck for cleaning as this is easier when dry, secondly clean your decking using soapy water and a soft sponge, to finish simply rinse your boards with clean water.
Pressure Washers can also be used to provide a more thorough removal of surface debris if regular cleaning has been insufficient, to preserve the finish of your boards we recommend a maximum pressure of 3100 PSI and a minimum distance of 300mm between the nossle and boards.
Once set, a stain involving: Oil, Grease or Food can become stubborn to remove. We recommend cleaning your boards with hot water as soon as possible, using a soft non-abrasive brush can help to further break up substances before rinsing away any remaining residue.
For those stains which have started to set, water based composite decking cleaners can be used in combination with our cleaning instructions to break up Oils and Grease.
Additionally our ECOBOARD products can be lightly sanded to lift away remnants, boards will temporarily appear lighter from the sanding however the colour will gradually balance over time. Please note, as "capped" products, our PROCAP and LUXECAP are highly resistant to staining compared to ECOBOARD and must not be sanded to avoid breaking through the outer CAP.
Over time time residual oils can sometimes leach out of uncapped composite deck boards and appear as white spots or streaks. These gradually disappear over 1-2 months with cumulative exposure to rain water and can be addressed much earlier by simply following our regular cleaning instructions.
Additionally products such as Composite Deck Cleaner can be used which specifically break down residual oils when used in combination with our cleaning instructions.
Our PROCAP and LUXECAP ranges are sealed with their protective cap, they are therefore highly resistant to staining and prevent any internal residual oils from leaching out onto the board surface.
Clearing Ice And Snow
During the colder months, it is important to keep any regularly used walking surface clear of ice and snow to address any potential risk of slipping and improve overall safety.
When using tools to clear snow and ice, we recommend using a Plastic Shovel used to clear snow or loose ice by sweeping down the length of the deck board, taking care not to use impact or force to break up more solid ice formations to avoid damaging the deck boards. Harder / Sharper tools such as metal shovels, rakes and ice chippers should be avoided to reduce risk of damaging the deck boards.
When preparing for forecasted frost or addressing existing ice formations, we recommend using non-corrosive and salt-free ice melt granules as these can be up to 10 times more effective than salt based alternatives. If Rock Salt needs to be used we recommend this is cleared away as soon as possible to avoid potential scratching or salt water corrosion of the deck boards.
Surface Mould and Mildew
Mould and Mildew occur in everyday outdoor environments, and can appear on the surface of any decaying organic debris or dirt which has accumulated on top of your deck boards in the absence of regular cleaning.
Our INNODEK Composite Decking is highly resistant to the potential damage caused by Mould and Mildew growth, especially our CAPPED deck boards. If Mould and Mildew are present we do recommend following our regular cleaning advice regarding the use of warm soapy water and a soft non-metal brush for cleaning.
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