How to Clean Decking: a step-by-step guide
- The first step in deck cleaning is to clear the surface, moving furniture and any other objects away from the area.
- Remove any large clumps of moss or algae growth with a stiff brush, hoe, or scraper. Use a butter knife or similar to remove any large items of rubbish or persistent weed growth between the planks – be careful not to scratch your decking in the process.
- Realign any dislodged planks, and replace any that are warped.
- Dilute or otherwise prepare your chosen cleaning product according to the manufacturer’s instructions, and use the watering can or sprayer to sprinkle it over your decking.
- Scrub or brush the surface firmly to get rid of stains. Read the directions on the deck cleaner and test the product on a small area first. Then, allow the deck cleaner to sit on the decking for the recommended time.
- Rinse clean with your hose or pressure cleaner.
You may also like to protect your decking with a stain or colourless decking protector. You can test to see whether this is necessary by (once it has dried!) sprinkling some water onto the decking. If it is absorbed rapidly, a water-resistant coating may help prolong the life of your clean decking – and keep it looking tidy to boot. However, you should leave at least two days for the decking to dry thoroughly before applying any protective product – just follow the directions on the label.