Best times to clean
- You only really needed to fully clean your decking around twice a year.
- Cleaning it in the spring is the perfect way to prepare it for summer when it’ll see the most use.
- Prepare your deck for the Winter ahead by caring for it in the autumn.
- Try to make sure the deck is not wet and that it’s not likely to rain before your product has had ample time to dry.
Clear the deck
- Start by clearing your deck of any garden furniture and any other items, so that you have full access.
- Use a stiff brush to sweep the surface and get rid of any loose dirt and debris, leaves and more.
- Before you start, it’s a good idea to protect any nearby plants by covering them. If your surrounding plants or grass do come into contact with your cleaner, give them a thorough rinse.
- Apply your decking cleaner directly to your deck or follow the instructions for your chosen product.
- Clean by working in small, manageable areas so that you’re not trying to clean too many boards at once.
- Once applied, use a scrubbing brush to scrub your cleaner. Once you’ve done the whole deck, give it 15 to 20 minutes to get to work.
- When it comes to rinsing, a pressure washer or hose with a jet spray setting will get the best results.
- If you are using a pressure washer, try to evenly distribute the water pressure or set it to the lowest setting, in order to avoid the risk of damaging your decking.
- Using clean water, rinse off your decking by working from end to end and going with the grain of the wood.
- For particularly stubborn boards, trying scrubbing again with a wire brush.
- Give it at least 24 hours to thoroughly dry out if you’re planning to paint or stain the wood after cleaning.