Giving your decking the maintenance it deserves is not only important to keep it looking fresh, but means it’ll last as long as possible, too. A deserted deck can quickly deteriorate, and wood rot might start to happen – making your garden look dishevelled and dangerous. Here are a few easy maintenance tips that won’t break the bank or take up too much of your time.
1. Give things a clean
There’s lots of conflicting advice online about which way is best to clean your decking. The general consensus, though, and one of the cheapest ways to get the job done, is by using a pressure washer.
Make sure you don’t use one that’s too harsh and set it to a wide spray to gently remove all the dirt and grime that’s built up. It’ll get the job done quickly, and it won’t damage your deck.
2. Sand it down
If you’re into your gadgets, a gentle sander will do the trick, however, if you like to do things old school, put in some elbow grease and get sanding away with a sheet of medium strength sandpaper. Either way be careful of your hands and wear old, protective clothing.
3. Try to avoid harsh chemicals
If you have built up quite a lot of dirt on your decking, you might need to clean it with something more effective than water. However, that doesn’t mean you have to use tons of harsh chemicals.
Creating your own citric acid solution won’t harm your wallet or the local wildlife, and it’s easily done with ingredients you’ve probably already got in your kitchen cupboard.
4. Think about painting, staining or oiling
There are many ways to rejuvenate your decking, depending on your style, preferences and desired effects. Painting, staining, and oiling are just some of the ways to spruce things up, each one giving a very different effect.
If you’re feeling brave, why not paint your decking a crazy colour, or to keep things natural, stick with a subtle stain.
5. Add a splash of colour to match
Especially good for gardens that don’t have a lot of greenery, DeckWright Anti-Slip Inserts are a quick, cheap and easy way to add a splash of colour into your backyard. They come in a range of shades, from electric blue to primary red, and can even be custom-made to match your garden furniture.
If your garden is already blooming, bring out the colours that are already there by choosing inserts that will go well with your greenery. And because the inserts are easy to install, you could change up the colour of your decking as often as the seasons.
To find out more about customised inserts, click here.