Building & Maintenance
Ultra Decking is ultra-low maintenance but still requires taking general care of your composite decking. Here are a few simple things to remember about your new composite decking.
A quick hose down and brush will ensure your decking looks great for decades to come. You’ll never have to worry about yearly tasks of resealing, staining or dealing with splinters or even worse, slipping.
Use a garden hose or apply a bucket of warm water to clean the surface area of your decking. Once applied use a soft-bristle brush to scrub the surface of the decking area.
Then prepare a bucket of warm soapy water and apply, leave to stand for several minutes, then simply wash down with a garden horse or bucket of water and leave to dry.
Below are a few tips to help you keep your composite decking looking great and ensure ultra-low maintenance for years to come.
In Ultra Decking’s experience an oxygenated cleaner is the best cleaning product to use. This is so the cleaner can reach deep into the material and clean inside the decking as well as the surface. When you first choose to purchase a cleaning product for your new composite decking, always check the label and ensure chlorine bleach-based decking cleaner is never used on your new deck. If sodium hypochlorite is mentioned on the label, it contains bleach.
Chlorine bleach is extremely corrosive to any surface or material on which it is applied and will eat any material it comes into contact with. In relation to your new decking area it will discolour the deck, damage the surface and enhance any mould/mildew issues that can occur. Avoid these possible issues and pick up a non-toxic, sodium percarbonate based cleaner.
Ultra Decking recommend using a pressure washer on your composite decking. If you do use a pressure washer on your composite decking, do not pressure wash too close to your decking area as this can open the surface material of your composite decking, causing issue like chipping, sun damage and mould staining. If you do choose to use a pressure washer, then keep to the lowest pressure and wash no closer than 8 inches from the surface.
When you clean your new composite decking, when brushing don’t forget to clean between the decking boards as this will allow the air to pass between the boards and stop any dirt and debris build up under the decking area.
If you choose to do a deeper clean than a quick garden hose wash, please ensure you always use a soft bristle scrub bush, and for any snow build up use a plastic shovel when possible.