Cleaning your deck is a basic maintenance task. Usually performed on an annual routine basis in the Spring or Autumn. It is important to remove any algae ( green ) that may have formed to prevent slipping when wet.
Probably the most common method. However care should be taken when using pressure jet equipment. More powerful machines can cause damage to softwood decking if the pressure is too high. Always try a test area at a low setting first.
There are several products on the market for cleaning decks. We recommend sodium percarbonate sometimes called oxygen bleach. This is a substance similar to washing powder . Mix 8 oz with a gallon of hot water to clean about 10 square metres. Brush over the deck with a broom or use a garden sprayer. Leave for about 15 minutes then scrub and wash off with a hose or pressure washer see. This is a very safe product, gentle with timber and very ‘green’. It is OK with plants but NOT suitable near fish ponds. Decking cleaning products also work well.
Once the deck is clean decking oil forms a waterproof barrier to protect against weathering, warping, swelling, drying and splitting. The right oils will also protect against algae formation.
Anti-slip Decking Oil
Anti-Slip decking oil increases the durability of the surface, protects it against mould, algae and fungal attack and reduces the risk of slipping. The surface is water, weathering, and UV resistant. Used as a top coat it increases the durability of a pigmented first coat.