How to Look After Your Decking

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It’s time to find your sunglasses and put on your sun cream, the summer is finally here. This is the best part of the year where we like to spend time with our friends and family in the comfort of our gardens. Everyone has their favourite part of the garden but for many people the one place they will do most of their socialising is on their decking. This means we have to keep it in tip top condition in order for us to get the most out of it for the summer months. With a few simple tips and advice you can ensure your decking’s longevity for many more years to come.

Cleaning:

The most cost effective way you can protect your decking is by cleaning. You may think this would be obvious but you would be surprised how many people neglect to clean their decking. Let’s face it in the busy lives we in the last thing we want is another cleaning chore. Don’t worry cleaning your decking doesn’t have to be strenuous, it only takes a little bit of time and effort to secure your decking’s life span.

Firstly sweep the decking with a stiff brush to remove all the debris and moss. Give the decking a quick wash down with a hose pipe or pressure washer. Simply mix bleach and water according to the correct ratio on the back of the bottle in a bucket. Scrub the mixture into the decking, leave for 15 minutes and wash off. You should start to see results straight away.

Prevention:

I’m sure you will have heard the saying prevention is better than the cure; this is a great rule to follow for your decking. One of the best ways to protect your decking is to use a good quality protector such as the Ronseal decking stain. This helps to provide protection against foot traffic and UV protection to resist colour fade. It would be recommended to do one or two coats a year to give you’re decking the weather resistance it needs to maintain itself.

It’s more than just looking good:

When you buy some decking stain you may think it’s purely for aesthetic improvement, that’s not the case. Yes it will make the decking look good but there’s more to that little tub of magic then first meets the eye. Applying a coat of good quality paint such as the Ronseal decking treatment helps provide beautifully coloured and protected wood. It also protects the decking against knocks, scuffs and scratches. The UV filters help to prevent greying and the water resistance prevents cracking and blistering.

So there you have it looking after your decking doesn’t have to be a difficult process. All it needs is some care and attention to life a long and healthy life.