Adding decking to your home is an investment that deserves proper maintenance. Whether you have wood or composite decking in your home, maintaining the decking will preserve its looks. When it comes to maintaining the deckings, it is important to know what you will need to clean the decking boards.
Things You Need to Clean Decking Boards
Cleaning your decking board involves removing dirt, debris, and stains on it. You have to clean the dirt or stains from the deck surface by scrubbing it with a deck cleaner and a soft bristle brush. You can use warm water to clean both wood and composite decking, especially if there is a grease stain on it.
You can get a deck cleaning solution from the store. You can also use your liquid dishwasher as a cleaner for your decking. Ensure the dishwasher is free from ammonia. Ammonia-free liquid dish soap is safe for cleaning both wood and composite decking.
You can also use oxygen bleach or powdered oxygen laundry cleaner to clean wood decking. It helps remove mould on wood decking. When using bleach to clean your wood decking, ensure you only use oxygen bleach and not chlorine bleach. Chlorine bleach is toxic and can damage both wood and composite decking.
Additionally, you can also prepare your own natural deck cleaning solution with vinegar and baking soda. It is safe for both wood and composite decking. Other materials you will need to clean your decking include a bucket, garden hose with a water nozzle, or power washer.
How to Clean Wood Decking Board
Wood decking is naturally beautiful, but it requires a lot of maintenance to maintain its look. Removing stains, mould, dirt, and debris from a wood decking may not look easy if you are a novice. Below are the steps to follow on how to keep your wooden decking board neat.
Pre-rinse Your Deck
It is the first step to take in cleaning a decking board. Pre-rinsing the deck surface allows your cleaning solution to spread easily. Use a hose to rinse the deck. Ensure you have removed all furniture from the decking before you begin cleaning.
Apply a Decking Cleaner
Secondly, if you are using a dishwasher, dilute it with water in a bucket before using it to clean your decking. The same goes for other deck cleaning solutions.
Scrub the Decking
Thirdly, after diluting the deck cleaner, pour it on the decking and use a brush to begin scrubbing. Scrub the deck gently with a bristle brush to remove stains, mould, and dirt from the deck surface.
Rinse the Deck
Lastly, use a power washer or a hose to rinse the deck thoroughly with water after cleaning. Allow the deck to dry before you start using it. You can also apply stains and sealers to your wood decking after cleaning. It will preserve the look of your decking board.
How to Clean Composite Decking Boards
Composite decking boards do not need much maintenance like wood decking, but they can look worse if you don’t clean them. However, when choosing a cleaning solution for your composite board, it is better to stick to mild or natural deck cleaners. Some kind of cleaning agents might be suitable for wood decking and, at the same time, harmful to composite decking. Here is how you can clean composite decking boards.
Pre-rinse Your Decking Board
Firstly, you can start to clean the composite decking boards by rinsing them with water. Rinsing the boards with water will aid in removing dirt and debris away from the deck surface. You can spray water on your deck surface with a hose or pressure washer.
Apply Deck Cleaners
Secondly, apply your cleaning solution to the deckings. In the case of mould, apply vinegar and baking soda on the decking board. Then followed by using a soft bristle brush to scrub the composite decking board gently.
After you have finished scrubbing the dirt away, you can now rinse the deck with water. Ensure you rinse it thoroughly to remove all traces of the cleaning solution.
To clean the decking board, you need a soft bristle brush for scrubbing and a deck cleaning solution. You will also need a hose or pressure washer to rinse the decking boards thoroughly.