[Posted on November 16th, 2014 by Aaron Presley]
Proper maintenance and cleaning of Fiberon decking is essential. It will not only keep the deck looking new and clean, but it will preserve the structural integrity of the deck by slowing down or preventing the growth of mold, rot, and mildew.
This type of composite decking does not require a lot of maintenance work. After all, Fiberon lumber is fairly strong, sturdy, and resilient. However, maintenance, such as cleaning and sweeping, needs to be performed on a regular basis to keep the deck in tip-top shape.
The following are four maintenance tips that owners of Fiberon decking should keep in mind.
Conduct a complete cleaning of the deck every six months at the least. This cleaning will help remove any dirt, dust, debris, and pollen that may have accumulated over time.
When cleaning the deck it is often best to use a soft bristled broom or blower. These tools will help dislodge any debris that may have landed on the deck. A hose can be used to remove dirt, dust, and pollen, but should only be used on rare occasions.
Over time, dirt may become ingrained into the wood of the deck. While it may appear as if the soil or dirt cannot be removed, it can be with the use of mild soap and water.
Deck owners can create a gentle mixture of mild soap and water that can be used to help remove any dirt on the deck. Dirt that is difficult to remove can be dislodged with the use of a scrub brush or a broom.
Occasionally, scrubbing may be required while trying to clean the deck. If there is a need to scrub the deck, it is important to make sure that all scrubbing motions go with the grain of the wood. Scrubbing the opposite direction can result in scratches and damage that cannot be reversed.
Pressure washing is often used as a way to quickly and effectively clean wooden decks. Unfortunately, Fiberon decking should only be pressure washed on rare occasions and by skilled professionals.
This type of deck can be pressure washed, but only with low pressure water. A professional cleaner can help with this type of service.
Keeping a deck, whether it is made of Fiberon composite or fire resistant lumber, clean is essential to helping it last a number of years. Use these tips in addition to the advice provided by our sales staff to create a deck maintenance plan.