Getting ready for winter? Tips on Cleaning Your Deck This Fall

Worried about cleaning your composite deck before winter? Don’t, it’s easy! An exterior deck does require cleaning, a basic deck cleaning for composite decks is in store. Ideal times to clean your composite deck are after installation and in the fall or spring.  You may purchase a composite deck cleaner at your local hardware shop or just use a combination of hot water and a soft bristle brush.

For Dirt and Debris your deck should be sprayed with a hose to remove dirt from the surface. After you remove the loose dirt and debris from your composite deck use warm, soapy water and scrub with a soft bristle brush to remove the dirt and debris from the crevices of the embossing pattern.

It’s important careful when using Chalk Lines on your deck, you must make sure you are using the right type of chalk. High performance chalk lines are likely to discolor a composite or PVC deck, we recommend using a dust off marking chalk like Irwin brand in purple you can find this at www.Irwin.com. If you accidently snap a chalk line with permanent or bright chalk immediately scrub the line with soap and hot water to remove it.

You definitely want to try to remove any Oil, Grease or Food stains on your composite deck before the winter comes. To remove these stains spray them off with a hose and use warm soapy water with a soft bristle brush.

Mold and Mildew is always possible. Due to it feeding on biofilm you want to remove as soon as you see it forming.

Last but not least when the time comes to remove Ice and Snow from your composite deck a plastic shovel may be used. It’s safe to use rock salt or calcium chloride to melt the snow and ice from the deck surface.

If you need help or have any questions about cleaning your deck call us at 248-478-8660.