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How to Clean a Composite Deck or Wood Deck?

Monday, April 29, 2024

Planning and building a deck that meets your needs and desires can be fun and exciting. However, you should know what you are getting into when it comes to starting the care and maintenance. If you want to know how to clean your deck, you should learn about the pros and cons of wood decking and composite decking. If you clean your deck on a regular basis, you should also be aware of other maintenance tasks that may need to be done from time to time.

Composite Decking and Wood Decking

If you prefer natural wood, you should clean your wood deck regularly every year. You can purchase a deck cleaning solution at the hardware store, or you can make your own by mixing different household items together. These cleaning solutions are very effective against mold, algae, oil, and dirt.

In addition to cleaning, you will need to paint or seal your natural deck on a regular basis. This work keeps the deck looking beautiful and protects it from damage caused by harsh weather. Natural wood decking can also crack, so you may need to sand or replace loose boards on a regular basis.

On the other hand, composite decking board is easier to maintain overall. Because they don’t crack, you won’t have to stain, paint, or seal them as often. All you need to do to keep your composite decking looking beautiful is to perform regular cleaning tasks on it.

Next, let’s learn more about how to clean your deck and keep it in good condition!


How to Clean a Deck and What You Need?

All you need to get your deck clean is a stiff-bristled brush and a deck-cleaning product. You’ll need a bucket, cleaner, an outdoor hose with a nozzle or a power washer, and a brush with an extension pole. A brush with an extension pole will avoid scrubbing your hands and knees.

In addition to this, there are a number of homemade cleaning solutions you can use to safely clean your deck. They are suitable for both natural wood decking and composite decking. You can buy these items at your neighborhood hardware store or grocery store.

Depending on the homemade mixture you use and whether your deck is wood decking or composite decking. the following items can be used in varying quantities and combinations to help keep your deck in good condition. Among them are:

  • Clean wood or composite decking with just warm water.
  • It is safe to clean your deck with a small amount of warm water mixed with an ammonia-free liquid detergent. A gallon of water, two tablespoons of dishwashing liquid, a pint of alcohol, and a quart of oxygen bleach mixed together will do the trick. Make sure you only use detergent that does not contain ammonia. This is because mixing ammonia and bleach creates dangerous fumes. Use the mixed detergent to clean the deck, then rinse it off with water.
  • Oxygen bleach or powdered oxygen laundry cleaner can be used on wood decks without causing harm and can also remove mold or spores. When cleaning your deck, make sure you only use oxygen bleach, not chlorine bleach. Chlorine bleach can damage the wood surface of the deck.
  • Adding vinegar to water is safe for both wood decks and composite decking boards. Mix ¼ cup baking soda with ½ cup white vinegar or apple cider vinegar.

How to Clean Wood Decks?

Natural wood decks look great if they are kept in good condition. If you don’t take care of it and clean it regularly, a solid wood deck can become very worn over time. Summer fun and picnics as well as winter cold and frost can do real damage to them.

Follow these steps to clean your wood deck the right way:

  1. Rinse the deck first. First, spray water on the wood deck to start softening the dry cellulose. This “pre-rinse” also allows the cleaner to get into all parts of the deck more easily.
  2. Mix the cleaner you picked. Read the directions on the bottle and mix the cleaner with water in a 5-gallon bucket. Or you can prepare homemade cleaning products.
  3. Scrub the deck. Next, use a stiff-bristled brush to scrub the deck along the grain, removing dirt, mold, mildew, and other things from the surface. If the deck is large, dispense more cleaning solutions and separate them. The concentration of the cleaning solution should remain constant throughout the job.
  4. Rinse it off. Finally, the deck can be rinsed with a yard hose or pressure washer. If possible, wash the wood deck when the weather is nice. If possible, allow the wood deck to dry for 24 to 48 hours before staining and sealing.
clean composite deck

How to Clean Composite Decks

The best way to clean a wood deck and composite decking are not the same. Performing the necessary maintenance and cleaning of your decking will keep it looking beautiful and functional for a long time.

The first thing to do to maintain composite decking is to stay away from some of the household chemicals that are good for natural wood decking. While these chemicals can make a wood deck look new. However, some of these stronger chemicals can harm the composite decking material. No one wants to hurt their deck rather than help it.

You can buy composite decking cleaners, but the process of cleaning composite decking is very simple and quick. You can easily keep your deck clean as new with things you can make at home.

A small amount of soap, water, vinegar, and baking soda (for mold and mildew) makes an eco-friendly composite decking cleaner. To remove dirt, debris, and other grime, use a gentle pressure washer (no more than 3100 psi) or a soft-bristled brush. To ensure that your composite decking lasts as long as possible, it should be cleaned every six months.

  1. Spray the deck first. Spray the composite decking first with a hose and water to remove any surface dirt or waste.
  2. Spray with soapy water water and scrub. Then spray soapy water on each deck board and gently scrub each composite deck with a soft bristle brush.
  3. Rinse clean. Once the surface of the deck has been cleaned with soapy water, rinse it off thoroughly with clean water. This is important because if the dirty water is allowed to dry after cleaning, it may leave a film on the surface of the composite deck.

Removing Mold from Composite Decks

A mixture of vinegar and water can be used to remove mold from composite decking.

  1. Rinse first. Use a hose or power washer to rinse as much mold off the surface of the deck as possible.
  2. Mix the vinegar solution. Then, add two parts vinegar and one part water to a bucket. Pour the solution on top of the mold.
  3. Add baking soda. After pouring the vinegar solution, sprinkle some baking soda over the mold. Soak the area in the compound for 20 minutes. Then, brush the mold off with a soft-bristled brush.
  4. Rinse well. Finally, rinse the area thoroughly so that no film remains on it.

To Summarize

That’s all there is to cleaning wood and composite decks! All you need is a little soapy water, light pressure, and then the cleaning tips above to keep your deck clean and in good condition. Then, you’ll be ready to enjoy the great outdoors with your family.

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