Decking is a hugely beneficial feature for any garden, providing you with a space to enjoy your garden even if the weather isn’t as dry as you’d like it to be. You can add a social space or even a play area in your garden by investing in decking, and whilst it’s a great investment for your garden, it’s one you do need to maintain all year around.
It might seem like the obvious thing to do, but many people manage to overlook or neglect their decking and this can become an issue if done for a long period of time. Cleaning your decking is vital, especially when the winter months set in, as if you have dirty decking when the wet weather begins you may find yourself slipping or potential safety hazards could arise. Cleaning your decking is also a really cost-effective way of maintaining your decking, as you are keeping the material clean and fresh and don’t have to worry about the material warping, fading or becoming damaged.
When it comes to cleaning off the dirt such as mould, moss or even rubbish that has gathered over a few weeks, you need a stiff brush. It’s as simple as that. A stiff brush will help to remove, if not loosen any dirt that has gathered on your decking and help when it comes to washing down your decking. You often find that if you don’t remove the moss, mould or other debris from your decking shortly after it has formed, you may find it difficult to remove it when you next come to try, as there will be more build up and the dirt will have become tough and potentially damaged your decking. It doesn’t matter how often you clean your decking, as long as you keep an eye on how the decking looks and whether it needs a clean or not. It’s recommended that you clean your decking at least once a month, as this will prevent the dirt from setting on your decking and will also make the cleaning process a little easier for you each time you come to do it.
When decking is used in the garden, it is more often than not used in a social space that is used frequently throughout the year. As a result of this, you want your decking to be protected both from the weather, but also from frequent use. It is advised that you protect your decking once or twice a year, dependant on the quality and durability of your decking.
Whether you’re using decking protector, decking oil or decking stain it is vital to protect your decking to ensure it will last the wintery months as well as the warmer ones. Decking protector is the most popular product to use, as this creates a protective layer on top of your decking that lasts all year long. Having your decking protected with these materials will ensure that it is protected from any knocks or scratches, as well as any weather conditions it has to endure.
It’s key to remember that your decking is actually most vulnerable throughout winter. This may seem obvious; however, many people neglect their decking throughout winter which is not the best thing to do. If you allow the wet, cold weather to affect your decking then you’ll find it very difficult to bring the quality and bold look back and will feel like your decking is tired and looking dull.
For those who feel their decking is already looking tired and dull and could do with some TLC, there are ways in which you can revive your decking and bring it back to life. Investing in some decking restorer will bring back the colour of your decking and restore the life it once had.