Stains on composite decking can distort its beautiful appearance. Hard water, oil, grease, paint spill, animal droppings, and mould stain, can distort your deck appearance. To retain the appearance of your decking, you need to clean the stains as soon as you notice them. If your decking has a stain on it, how do you remove the stains from your composite decking?
Types of Composite Decking Stains
Anything can stain the surface of your composite deck. Mud, cement, paint, oil, animal droppings, grease, hard water, tree sap and more can stain your deck surface. When this happens, you shouldn’t wait for long before you get rid of the stains. Immediately removal of the stains will make your composite decking easy to clean.
However, if you want to remove stains from your deck surface, ensure you use the right stain remover. Some deck cleaners can affect the look of your composite decking. Most of these cleaners are harsh and can alter the pigments of the decking.
When cleaning your composite decking, ensure you use a mild deck cleaner. Avoid using bleach to clean composite decking. The best cleaner for composite decking is dish soap. Use ammonia-free liquid dish soap to get rid of stains from your deck. You can also make use of household materials like vinegar and baking soda.
How To Remove Stains From Composite Decking
As earlier mentioned, different kinds of stains can distort the appearance of composite decking. You can’t get rid of these stains using the same method. Some of them require hot water and soap, while stains like mould require vinegar to remove them. Let us consider how to remove the different types of stains on composite decking.
The best way to remove mould stains from composite decking is by scrubbing the decking with vinegar and baking soda. Vinegar and baking soda are natural deck cleaners and great for getting rid of mould.
To remove the stains, clear your decking of any objects. Remove furniture, planters and any other object that you place on your deck. After you have done that, rinse the decking with water to remove some of the moulds. Then apply the mixture of vinegar and baking soda on your composite decking. Allow the mixture to stay for a while on your decking before using a brush to scrub the decking surface. Scrub the deck till the mould stain fade away. When the stains are gone, rinse the decking with water.
Bird, dog, and cat poop, as well as their urine can stain the surface of composite decking. To remove these stains from your deck surface, you have to wash your deck. You can apply a liquid dishwasher on the surface of your composite decking and use a brush to scrub it. Scrub it till the stains are gone, then rinse the deck with water.
Oil from food can stain the surface of your composite decking. It is especially common among homeowners who use their deck as cooking and eating area. If there is an oil spill on your deck while cooking or eating, removing it is not difficult. You can remove the oil from your composite decking by scrubbing the decking with soapy water. When the oil stains are gone, rinse the decking with water and allow it to dry.
Hard Water Stains
Hard water can stain the surface of your composite decking. It can leave white spots on your deck surface. These stains can disfigure the appearance of your composite decking. To remove the stains from your composite decking, use soap and water. Mix soap and water in a bucket and apply it to your decking. Then use a brush to scrub the decking surface until the hard water stains are gone.
Paint can spill on your deck while renovating your house. If paint spills on your building, you should clean the paint immediately with a cloth. Then use soap and water to scrub the surface of your composite decking. Ensure that you scrub off the paint film away from your decking surface.
You can remove stains from composite decking by scrubbing the deck surface with soapy water. Apart from that, you can also use diluted vinegar to clean your decking.