Today’s consumers are realizing that no wood or wood product presented to the weather is going to be absolutely maintenance-free. Even exotic woods need periodic cleaning and sealing as the essential oils within the wood dry out. All exterior timber used in deck building should be continued every year to protect it from the components and ground in dirt.
Composite Decking varies from company to company, but it seems that all of the popular ones contain wood particles. That means that any of these particles on or near the exterior of the board, no matter what they are combined with, will react to Mother Nature the same way all wood does. Companies are getting calls every day from end users about these issues, and deck reconstruction contractors are stepping in with the fix.
Cleaning WPC Decking is necessary to keep the material looking its best. Well, cleaning composite decks should be done with a composite wood cleaner that is created specifically for these unique materials. Some manufacturers have suggested using bleach or oxygenated bleach to clean the wood, but the outcomes have been varied. Utmost pressure washing contractors who do deck renovation are finding success through products made mainly for this problem, such as Flood’s Composite Wood Cleaner. The key to this particular product is in the surfactants and cleaning chemicals in its description.
The cleaning process:
Apply your composite deck flooring cleaner on the rails and floor in soft sections. Cleaning too large of an area at a time may allow the composite cleaner to dry on the outside which can cause splotch in some materials. Once the composite cleaner has sat on the surface according to the directions, particularly power wash the surface in the direction of the grain, using less than 800 PSI. Use the pressure washer to “rinse” the surface. Avoid holding the nozzle too tight to the composite surface or locking it in any one spot too long. Keeps the wand moving easily over the surface to avoid leaving marks. The proper technique determines the results, so take some time to practice when you are able to. Once you have finished that section, treat the next area and continue until the job is completed.
For regular maintenance, rinse offs your composite deck periodically with a hose. Even if your deck looks clean, it is necessary to stop the build-up of pollen and other debris. Mildew stains may happen where moisture, pollens, and/or dirt are present. Mildew requires a food source to grow, which can be grass, pollens, dirt, debris, wood and wood resins.