Your deck is an extension of your living space, a perfect place to relax and enjoy the outdoors. But like any outdoor feature, it needs some work to keep it looking its best and lasting for years to come. Here's your guide to essential decking aftercare, covering both cleaning and protecting your investment.


Keeping Your Deck Clean

  • Regular Sweeping: Make sweeping a weekly habit to remove leaves, dirt, and debris that can trap moisture and cause staining or mildew.
  • Deep Cleaning: For a more thorough clean, tackle your deck a couple of times a year. You can use a solution of warm water and dish soap, or opt for a specialised deck cleaner according to the material of your deck. Apply the solution, scrub with a stiff-bristled brush, rinse thoroughly, and allow the deck to dry completely.

Protecting Your Deck

  • Staining or Sealing: Wood decks require periodic staining or sealing to protect them from the elements and maintain their colour. The frequency will depend on the type of stain or sealant used and the weather conditions in your area. Generally, plan on reapplication every 1-2 years.
  • Composite Decks: While generally lower maintenance than wood decks, composite decks can still benefit from occasional cleaning with a specialised cleaner and may require a stain or sealant refresh every few years.


Extra Deck Care Tips

  • Mind the Furniture: Avoid placing furniture directly on your deck for extended periods. Use protective mats under furniture legs to prevent moisture build-up and staining.
  • Address Spills Promptly: Clean up spills as soon as possible to prevent staining. For stubborn stains, research cleaning solutions appropriate for your deck material.
  • Let the Sunshine In: Good air circulation helps prevent moisture build-up and mildew growth. Trim back any overhanging foliage that might be shading your deck.
  • Winter Considerations: For harsh winters, remove furniture and store cushions to prevent damage from snow and ice. You might also consider covering your deck with a breathable tarp.


By following these simple aftercare tips, you can ensure your deck stays beautiful and functional for many years to come.  

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