Deck Maintenance & Cleaning - H&M Timber Solutions | Merbau Decking | Decking
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Maintenance & Cleaning

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Annual deck maintenance will forestall repairs, protect it from the damaging effects of weather and boost your enjoyment of your outdoor space.

Because decks are exposed to the elements all year round like moisture, sun, ultraviolet light etc., it’s a good idea to establish a routine of upkeep that’ll protect your deck and prevent expensive repairs.

Here’s a simple maintenance schedule to help keep your deck safe, sound, and looking great.

Wash the Deck

An unwashed deck is an invitation to mold and bacteria, which can cause rot. Here’s how to wash your deck.

  1. Before treating your deck, it should be thoroughly cleaned of dirt and grime. Remove debris from between deck boards using a putty knife. Pay special attention to the areas where deck boards cross the joists.
  1. Thoroughly sweep the deck.
  1. Choose an appropriate cleanser. Use a standard deck cleaner and follow its directions. Some require the decking to be wet first. Some don’t.
  1. Clean the deck. Use a paint roller, or try pressure washing the deck with a small to medium sized pressure washer. You can also use a deck cleaning products that use Oxalic acid to strip back the aging timber and return then wood to its former glory.
  1. Let deck dry. Wait two days for your deck to completely dry before applying any timber protection product.