How to remove stains from composite decking materials
When we have a break from work and leisure, we want a private space to relax and entertain. An outdoor deck can be a great way to meet your requirements. As an outdoor living space for relaxing and entertaining, it is important to remove stains from composite decks. Next, we’ll show you how to keep your composite deck looking great.
Composite decking offers the benefits of being moisture resistant, mould resistant and rot-resistant. Although composite decking does not get mould and rot as wood decking does. However, it is important to clean your composite deck once every few months in order to keep it looking good. Therefore, it is important to clean your composite deck in a way that will not damage it.
How do I clean my composite decking?
Composite decking does not require regular maintenance work such as sealing and painting, unlike traditional wood decking. To maintain the aesthetic appeal of your decking, regular cleaning is all that is required. Cleaning your composite deck will help extend its life and keep your deck looking fresh and clean. There are many ways to clean composite decking, so which one should I use?
Can I use a pressure washer to clean my composite decking?
Of course, you can. The surface of a composite deck can be cleaned with a pressure washer. The pressure should not exceed 3100 psi and the pressure washer has a fan and soap dispenser, which is ideal for removing dirt and grime from the deck surface. It is important to note that a pressure washer will not remove stubborn stains from composite decking.
When using pressure washing, you will need to spray the deck with soapy warm water and then gently scrub each plank. When spraying each plank with a fan nozzle, make sure you keep at least 8-10 inches away from the surface of the deck to avoid damaging it. It is important to ensure that the deck is thoroughly rinsed. If any dirty water is left on the surface of the composite deck then it will dry out and form a film on the surface of the deck.
How do I remove mould, tree sap and oil stains from my composite deck?
The biggest culprits of stains on composite decking are mould, sap and oil stain. They are difficult to remove because they form a biofilm. To remove grease stains from composite decking surface, first, spray with warm soapy water or a special mould remover. Then use a soft bristle brush to avoid damaging the surface of the deck board.
If the stain is still visible, consider using stain pliers after the composite deck boards have dried. Of course, be careful when using staining tongs. Avoid damaging the surface of the deck and spoiling the beauty of the composite decking.
How do I clean the railings of my composite decking?
As a composite railing that keeps people safe and provides an extra touch of decoration. The first thing we look at when viewing a composite deck is the composite railing. That is why it is also important to keep the composite balustrade clean. So, can we use a pressure washer to clean composite railings?
The answer is no. We do not recommend using a pressure washer to clean deck railings. This is because composite balustrades are not as durable as decking. The railings need to be cleaned using gentle means and using a pressure washer will damage the deck’s surface of the railings.
For daily cleaning, scrub with warm soapy water. If mould and tree sap appear on the composite balustrade. You can clean the composite balustrade with a special mould remover in the same way as you would a composite decking.
About composite decking cleaners
There are many cleaners on the market, but some are not suitable for cleaning composite decking. Products that are too rough to clean composite decking risk altering the surface of the deck.
Bleach will not damage the structure of the deck. However, they can leave discoloured spots on the surface of the composite deck. Likewise, acidic products will do the same. Therefore, we should avoid using acidic cleaners.
As a rule, composite decking manufacturers recommend using soapy water to clean decks. If soapy water has difficulty removing mould and sap, you can ask the manufacturer. Is there a special matching composite deck cleaner available?
Keeping your deck looking good
A beautiful composite deck can make your outdoor life even better. Your composite deck can add value to your home. If you can clean your composite decking regularly and use the right cleaning tools. Then your composite decking will maintain its beautiful appearance and last longer.