Handy tips: Hardwood Timber Decking Maintenance Tips:

A deck is a quintessential part of the Australian lifestyle. We love spending hours outdoors, whether it is taking a dip in the pool or having a BBQ with friends.

It’s a common misconception that decks will last forever. However if it is not maintain, over time it will still deteriorate from the elements, dirt and general wear and tear. Regular maintenance is required to keep it looking like new for many years to come. We recommend that you give your deck a thorough clean and re-stain at least once a year.

Here are some handy tips on how to maintain your hardwood timber deck:

Clear your space
Clear the deck of all items, including furniture, BBQ’s etc so that you have easy access to the entire deck.

Remove dirt and debris
Before beginning the cleaning process, it is important to remove any dirt and debris. Not only can the debris create problems if it decomposes and becomes acidic, it can also create small, unsightly scratches. Use a broom to sweep the deck, taking care not to scratch the deck surface.

Scrub the area
You can either use a soft bristle brush to scrub the deck by hand with soap and water or alternatively you can hire a pressure washer .  However if you opt for the pressure washer, please ensure you are careful not to have the setting too high, as it can damage the timber.
Tip: hold the pressure cleaner at least 30cm away and use a sweeping motion so that you are not over the same spot for long periods of time.  

NOTE: Don’t ever use a chlorine bleach to clean your deck as this will “bleach” the timber and rob it of its natural colour.

Use a hose to rinse
Make sure that you thoroughly rinse any cleaning solution from your deck with a garden hose to ensure soap and suds are removed. If not rinsed off properly it can cause problems over time and  may leave your decking looking old and worn.

Allow it to dry  
Make sure you wait for the deck to be completely dry before re-staining or placing any of your furniture and items back in their place. If it is not dry, you risk potential scratching to the surface.

Seal / Stain
After you have cleaned your deck and given it time to dry, you should apply an oil to help maintain your decks condition. Ask your local timber merchant which oil is most compatible for use with your decking.