Wooden decking is a great addition to your garden, however it does require some extra care and attention when it comes to maintaining its condition. Being exposed to the elements all year round is bound to wreak havoc over time. However, we have found that with regular maintenance and the right cleaning solution, extending the lifespan of your decking is easy. Keep reading for our tips on how best to clean your decking.
Simple Steps to Maintain & Clean Wooden Decking
Make Sure Your Decking Is Sealed
Consider sealing your decking once a year to enhance its appearance and prolong its lifespan. Sealing your decking will add a protective layer that will help to lock out moisture; reducing the chance of mould and mildew, as well as reducing its tendency to warp or crack. There are many decking sealers to choose from - be sure to find one that best suits the needs of your decking.
Sweeping away any loose debris, leaves or dirt on a regular basis is an easy way to keep your decking looking newer for longer. If left to gather, leaves and dirt can lead to surface staining, causing your decking to look worn before its time. Be sure to check under any garden furniture and around plant pots too, being particularly wary of areas where water may pool. Algae thrives in dark, damp environments, so aim to keep your decking dry and openly exposed to avoid unsightly bacterial growth.
Kill Off Mould With Wet & Forget
You may find that despite your best efforts, over time your decking boards have become discoloured and are beginning to gather mould, moss and algae. Not only does this detract from your decking’s aesthetic, it can become slippery and dangerous underfoot.
When clearing wooden decking of mould, you want to avoid doing more damage than good. Avoid the use of bleach and harsh water blasting techniques that may cause damage to the surface. Instead, opt for a dedicated outdoor surface cleaner such as Wet & Forget. The gentle but effective formula is specifically designed to target and remove contaminants including moss, mould, lichen and algae. Not only that, its residual effect means that ingredients remain active to prevent premature recontamination! This means you can keep your decking looking new for longer as the product keeps on working for up to a year after initial application - leaving you with less time spent cleaning and more time enjoying your garden.
Follow these simple steps to clean your wooden decking with Wet & Forget:
- Ensure the entire surface area to be treated is clear by moving any garden furniture, potted plants or other items, and sweeping away any surface debris
- Apply Wet & Forget Mould, Lichen & Algae remover to the surface area using a garden sprayer (ensure the surface is dry before applying)
- No need to rinse the product away - simply leave Wet & Forget to take care of the rest
For larger areas, why not try Wet & Forget Rapid? The sniper nozzle included has a reach of up to 8 metres, allowing for quick and easy application. All you need to do is attach your hosepipe and begin spraying. As with all Wet & Forget cleaning products, the chemical-free solution is safe to use on a range of surfaces - so you don’t run the risk of damaging your decking.
Discover more tips and advice for keeping your garden looking its best all year-round on the Wet & Forget blog.