How to Prevent Scratches on Composite Decking

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Composite decking is built to look like natural woods, like cherry, walnut, and others. It is durable and good for structures in your home, and it gives a pretty look. It has gotten more popular than using actual wood for decking. It is strong, dense, and anti-insect features instantly make it a favourite choice among homeowners. Like all aspects of your home, it needs to be maintained to retain its beauty and keep your home admirable. It is exposed to sun, rain, and the harsh elements outside, so it will need a bit of care. Some problems for many homeowners might have been scratches on their decking. As they are exposed outside, you might need to pay close attention to taking care of them. To help you out, here are some tips on preventing scratches on your composite decking.

Use of Furniture Pads

Furniture pads are a great way to protect your decking, especially if you tend to move furniture around. Those with metal bottoms are more susceptible to making scratches, so take particular care with them. There are many peel-and-stick protectors available on the market. Rubber and plastic pads are better for outdoor use because they repel water.

To repair the scratches, you may use a heat gun to blend them in and make them disappear somehow. Be careful when using it, make sure that it is continually moving, and keep it 2 inches away to avoid having damage. 

Regular Sweeping

As your composite decking is exposed outside, it is prone to have dirt and debris. Make sure that you sweep it regularly to eliminate twigs, pollen, and others. Use a fine broom or a leaf blower. No one will step on them and potentially scratch the surface if you clean it up. 

As weather and seasons change, you may also use soapy water to clean your deck and remove any build-up of dirt, dust, or pollen. It will keep the surface looking new and fresh. If you want to scrub some parts of it to clean it up effectively, make sure that you do it gently. Avoid using pressure washers or keep the pressure low, not more than 2,500PSI. A regular garden hose would be best.

If you are doing paint jobs around the area, make sure to keep it covered with a cloth secured with tape. Paint splatter will be hard to remove and might be a bother. 

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Clean Up Oil and Grease

If you are bringing food to your deck, then you might be prone to oil and grease because of food spills. Once you notice some, clean it up immediately. You can use warm water with soap in it and a smooth brush. You may also use an all-purpose cleaner if it still won’t come off. Just be sure that you are using proper materials that won’t damage your decking.

Remove Mold and Mildew

As composite decking boards are exposed to the environment, they are also prone to mould and mildew. Be wary of decaying materials like wood, leaf, and others. When combined with the right temperature, and amount, of air and water, it can cause mould and mildew to grow on deck surfaces. Remove these decaying materials as you see one because mould and mildew are quite hard to remove once they start spreading. Also, you may use warm soapy water and a soft brush to remove them once you see some.

Get Rid of Snow

Composite wood is made to be tough, durable, and stand the weather elements. However, keeping it snow-free, especially in winter, is a must. Use a plastic shovel; avoid metal ones with sharp edges that might damage your deck. Composite decks require little maintenance, so be sure to take care of them when you need to. You will be sure that it will last long and strong.

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