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If you are about to purchase some composite decking you might be wondering how you can look after it.

Keeping your deck looking good may seem like a chore, but it’s easier than you think. A little bit of work from time to time will keep the deck looking good for many years to come.

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How to Clean your Composite Decking

Cleaning your new deck is easy. Simply clean it at least once every 3 to 4 months during the summer months. You won’t have to clean it quite so often in the winter.

A quick clean with some water and a stiff brush should get rid of any debris. You might want to sweep away any debris that you find from time to time. You don’t have to scrub the debris away, especially if it’s only been there a few days. A quick sweep should do the job nicely.

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Cleaning in the Autumn

During the autumn, you might want to  brush away leaves that have fallen onto your new composite decking. If you leave the leaves where they are, they will begin to rot. This could cause a problem for you. Consider brushing the leaves away at least a few times each week. This can ensure your new decking is less likely to become damaged.

Cleaning Your Decking At Any Time Of The Year

Using a broom, make sure you brush any dirt or debris away. Your new decking will begin to look a lot cleaner. If you find a few stains here and there, clean them with soap and water. Don’t scrub the dirt away too hard as you could damage the decking.

Please avoid using a pressure washer on your decking as the pressure of the water could damage it. This is because the pressure of the water can leave a few marks on your decking. If you have to use a pressure washer, use it on the lowest setting.

Using a Composite Decking Cleaner

There is a range of composite decking cleaners for sale, which will work well on the decking. This is because this type of cleaner can make any faded decking look new again.

Please make sure that you always follow the instructions that are listed on the side of the cleaner. Once you have applied the cleaner and used it as instructed, rinse your decking with clean water.

How to Preserve Composite Decking

Your new decking will be exposed to all kinds of weather in addition to dirt and debris. If you tend to use your decking a lot, it will need to be diligently maintained. This is to ensure it stays in great condition.

The good news is there are a few things you can do to keep your deck looking good.

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Use a Sealant

Consider using a sealant. Any sealant can help to protect your new composite decking against everything that the weather throws at it. Composite decking has been made so it can withstand the weather which means you don’t necessarily have to use a preservative. If you choose to use any, you might consider some waterproof treatment. However, please make sure you only use a water-based treatment. This is because it’s better for the environment. It is also likely to be better for your skin should you spill any on you.

If you choose to use a deck stain, it will help to protect your decking while also sealing it against the elements. A stain can restore the decking’s color if it has started to fade. You’ll likely only need to use one coat.

Composite decking is without a doubt, one of the easiest types of decking to take care of. Many other kinds of decking, such as wood decking, needs to be frequently cleaned and stained. You do not have to use any type of chemical or staining product on your new composite decking. Simply use a brush and some water and your new decking should start to look almost as good as new.

Caring for your composite decking is so simple. If you look after it, your new deck could last for 15 to 20 years.

We hope you found this blog post on How to Look After your Composite Decking useful. Be sure to check out our post on Which Outdoor Furniture is Right for your Back Porch for more great tips!


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