You've invested time and effort into your decking, so naturally you want to make sure it looks its best for as long as possible. Luckily, it's fairly simple and cost-effective to maintain and protect your decking.
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How to clean your decking
Using a decking cleaner to remove moss, mould, algae and general grease and dirt will make your decking look much cleaner and brighter. Try and do this twice a year: once in spring to get ready for the summer months, and once in autumn to prepare your decking for the winter ahead.
First, remove any loose or large accumulations of moss or algae with a stiff brush or scraper, then brush off any general loose debris from the decking. Prepare the cleaner according to the instructions on the packaging, then apply it to the decking using a brush, sprayer or watering can with a rose.
Scrub the surface immediately with a stiff brush after you've put on the cleaner, and leave it to stand.
Rinse off thoroughly with clean water using a hose, ensuring you've washed all residues away. Allow at least two days for your decking to dry before you apply a protective coat.
How to restore your decking
If your decking has turned grey or looks a bit weathered, you can put on a decking restorer to return it to its original colour before applying a special protector.
When you use decking restorer, work on small manageable areas at a time (3-4 deck boards) so you can finish your application, scrubbing and rinsing within 15 minutes.
If you're using a pressure washer, make sure you wear safety goggles to protect your eyes from any flying fragments.
First, use a stiff brush to remove loose debris, and take off any moss, mould and algae with a pressure washer. Make sure the surface is bare, and that you've removed any existing protector or stain before you start putting on the restorer.
Apply the restorer to your decking with a brush.
Immediately after you've applied the restorer, work it into the surface of the wood with a scrubbing pad or stiff brush. Then leave it to stand.
Rinse off thoroughly with clean water using a hose or watering can, ensuring you've washed away all the residues. Allow two days for your decking to dry out completely before you add a protective coat.
How to protect your decking
To keep your decking looking at its best, use a decking cleaner twice a year and a decking stain, oil or protector once a year. If it's already looking weathered, use a decking restorer to bring it back to its former glory before you use a stain, oil or protector.
It's important to protect your decking once a year to keep it looking its best. There are three types of products that will protect your decking: decking protector, decking stain and decking oil. The level of protection they provide depends on the type of product you choose.
This absorbs into the wood - water-proofing and protecting it. As it's a translucent colour, it won't change the appearance of your wood.
Available in a variety of colours, decking stains protect and weatherproof your deck while giving it a semi-opaque finish.
Decking oils penetrate the wood - waterproofing and replacing its natural oils while leaving a subtle colour that enhances its natural beauty.