Autumn is here so you know what that means. Frosty mornings, the crunch of leaves, bonfires, and massive heating bills. To save energy, and hopefully cut costs, here’s a few DIY tips before winter.
How to clean decking
Cleaning decking isn’t a priority for many of us but your decking will look good as new and could last longer. Here’s some easy steps to cleaning your decking.
What you’ll need:
- A wire brush
- Decking cleaner (see step two for options)
- A pressure washer or hose
1. Prep the deck
First things first, take everything off your decking so it’s completely clear and ready for you to clean. Grab a broom and give your decking a good sweep to dislodge any large debris or mess.
2. Pick your cleaner
Some cleaners are better at tackling certain jobs than others, so you need to consider what it is you want the cleaner to do.
- Decking cleaner and reviver preps new wood whilst cleaning up older decking. It can tackle algae and mould and can be used over stains and oils. It’s a good general purpose cleaner and can brighten up your decking throughout the year.
- High Performance Decking Cleaner not only removes moss, mould and algae but stops it from coming back for up to six months. It’s incredibly easy to use and there’s no need for you to scrub – it does it all for you!
- Decking Stripper is for those really tough stubborn stains that just won’t budge. It does exactly what it says on the tin and strips all stains and oils from your decking. It’s ideal for prepping your deck ready for a fresh coat of stain, paint or oil.
3. Start Cleaning
Before you power ahead, read the instructions on the back of the packet. Some of our cleaners don’t need water and can be poured directly onto your decking.
If you’re using our Decking Cleaner and Reviver, you’ll need to scrub it into the surface as soon as you’ve poured it on the deck and then leave it for 15 minutes. Grab the pressure washer or hose and thoroughly wash your decking. Once it’s dry, you’ll have brilliantly clean decking ready for a summer BBQ!
To use our High Performance Decking Cleaner dilute one sachet in 2.5 litres of water and spray or pour it on. If you want to use it for general cleaning you’ll need to scrub the surface and leave it for 10-15 minutes. Give it another scrub and hose down the decking to remove any excess. If you want to kill algae, just pour the liquid on and leave it for two or three days. All you need to do then is brush it away, it’s easy.
Our Decking Stripper will require a bit more work from you, but it’ll leave your decking pristine.
For this one you’ll need to wear some gloves and give it a good shake before use. Apply the stripper to your decking with a decent sized brush and don’t be shy to put a thick layer on. It takes around 30 minutes to work, but if it’s a hot day then you’ll need to keep an eye on patches that are drying out and re-apply a layer. Test a small patch with a paint scraper to see if it’s done its job and if it has, scrub your decking to remove all stains and finishes. Keep scrubbing with warm water and then wash it all off completely with a hose.
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