Though Melbourne doesn’t experience very cold winters, it is still cold enough for people not to want to spend time on an open space like a deck. As a result, many decks remain unused in winter in Melbourne while residents entertain guests and eat their meals inside. So, by the end of winter, dust and debris would accumulate on a deck, splashed with occasional rains, and dirty it. In climates that have a very cold winter, spring cleaning is important because people welcome spring with a lot of enthusiasm after suffering the dreariness of winter.
It would be good to do an occasional water cleaning of your Melbourne Composite Decking even in winter so that too much dust does not collect over it, but a bigger cleaning is mandatory with the arrival of spring when people start using the deck once again regularly. Cleaning of a deck can be comfortably managed with the help of the normal cleaning agents and tools that are used for cleaning other parts of a house because composite decking produces a surface that does not allow dirt to stick to it easily.
Nevertheless, those who are cleaning a deck should, first of all, keep the following tools.
Items necessary for spring cleaning
· A brush or broom with soft bristles: The bristles must be soft because rougher ones can harm composite decking.
· Warm water: A pail of warm water to mix the detergent is a must.
· Hose pipe: Cleaning will be much easier if there is a hose pipe at an accessible distance, especially in the case of larger decks. When the deck is smaller, the job can be managed by bringing a few buckets of water.
· Sponge for scrubbing: A sponge of the type normally used for washing vessels or cleaning kitchen platforms will be good enough.
· Cleaning detergent: Any ordinary cleaning detergent or domestic soap will do.
Stages in deck cleaning
1. Clearing the deck
It is best to clean a composite deck after emptying it of all furniture. Though cleaning can be managed without removing larger furniture items like a table or shelf, the best results will be obtained if these too can be removed. The brush will reach every nook and cranny only if the deck is completely empty.
After removing the furniture, sweep the entire deck thoroughly by removing dust and dirt from every corner, and brushing off cobwebs, if any. If the deck ceiling or a fan there needs cleaning, it is best to do it at this stage so that the falling dirt will be swept off with the rest of the debris and will not dirty the deck after it is cleaned.
2. Cleaning the composite deck
After the dirt is swept off, mix the cleaning detergent or any soap that you are using, with the warm water in the bucket. Then apply the mixture onto the deck and brush well using the soft-bristled brush. After that, wash the whole area with water to remove the soap-dirt mixture.
If dirt is sticking to some areas without separating easily, use the sponge on those parts and wash it off with extra water. It is also important to ensure that the brush and water reach the gaps amidst the decking boards and clean those areas also well.
3. Cleaning hard-to-reach spots
The edge of a deck board, whether it is of the grooved type or woodgrain type, is a place where dirt can accumulate, especially if it is of the trimmed variety. These places have to be focused separately, by applying a little extra soap and warm water, and sponging the areas till the dirt is fully removed.
Unlike timber, composite decking does not need staining or polishing, or painting. In fact, to clean a composite deck, users do not have to purchase anything from outside. Though separate deck cleaning detergents are available in the market, deck cleaning can be managed with the ordinary cleaning equipment available in households.