Maintenance & Cleaning
Ultra Decking offers little or no maintenance compared to regular wood or timber decking. You still need to take care of your Ultra Decking composite deck, but nothing compared to maintaining regular wood decking.
Don’t let liquid spillages sit on traditional first-generation composite decking. Wipe them away with a damp sponge or cloth and sweep clean with a soft brush. Composite decking is made with recycled plastics and wood fibres. Hence, dirt & dust are easily absorbed into the boards after rain or snow
Avoid water puddles building up on your decking, which can lead to increased fading over time (first generation decking only)
A quick hose down and a soft brush will ensure your decking looks great for decades to come. There is no need to worry about the yearly task of resealing, staining or dealing with splinters, or even worse, slipping on your old wooden deck.
Below are a few tips to help keep your composite decking looking great and to ensure little or no maintenance for years to come. Following these tips will help you keep your new composite decking standing up to the elements and give you a great place to relax, enjoy your deck and garden every day
1How to Clean Your Composite Decking
All outdoor decking requires cleaning. Composite decking is ultra-low maintenance, but this doesn’t mean it is maintenance-free. Some general cleaning will ensure the lifespan of your Ultra-Decking for decades to come. First, use a broom or soft brush to remove excess leaves and debris. This will leave the surface area ready to be cleaned. Use a garden hose or apply a bucket of warm water to clean the surface area of your decking. Once applied, use a soft-bristle brush to scrub the surface of the decking area. Then prepare a bucket of warm soapy water and apply, leave to stand for several minutes, then simply wash down with a garden hose or bucket of clean water and leave to dry.
2Pressure Washing Your Composite Decking
If used correctly, Ultra-Decking does recommend using a pressure washer on a very low setting no closer than 8 – 12 inches to the composite decking area. A high-pressure washer can open the surface material, causing issues like chipping, sun damage and mould staining.
Please note: A garden hose with a quick sweep using a soft brush will be more than enough to keep your deck looking as good as new.
3Using The Wrong Cleaner
Through our experience and extensive research, we have found out that an oxygenated cleaner is the best cleaning product to use. When you first purchase a cleaning product for your composite decking, check the label and ensure chlorine bleach-based deck cleaners are never used on your new deck. When applied, Chlorine bleach is extremely corrosive to any surface or material and will literally eat away any material it meets. It will also discolour the deck, damage the surface and lead to mould and mildew build-up. To avoid these issues, choose a non-toxic, sodium bicarbonate-based cleaner
4Forgetting The Gaps
When cleaning your composite decking with a quick wash using your garden hose and a soft brush, don’t forget to clean the gaps between the decking boards. This will keep air passing between the boards and stop any dirt and debris from building up under the decking area.
5Using The Wrong Tools
If you choose to do a deeper clean than a quick garden hose wash, please ensure you always use a soft bristle scrub brush. If you encounter a snow build-up, use a plastic shovel when possible.