Cleaning and care
BRITEDECK™ COMPOSITE DECKING CARE
Your new BriteDeck™ is engineered for years of enjoyment as long as you follow some common sense guidelines. A great feature of composite products is that you can have a great performing deck without the need for staining, oiling, painting etc, and the deck will continue to last without rotting, cracking, splinters etc. However, wood/polymer composite products will only look their best if given some degree of care ie a general wash similar to your motor vehicle.
Periodic inspection and cold water washing of the deck surface is still recommended. We cannot predict what sort of environment in which the decking will be installed; however, testing has shown that periodic general cleaning will avoid build up on the decking surface which may cause unwanted accumulations of dirt, grime etc.
THE DECKING IS NOT INDESTRUCTIBLE
If you drag heavy or sharp objects across the surface, you can expect it to scratch just as all other composite or wood decking materials. BriteDeck™ is unique in that you can still service boards which have been damaged.Either by steel brushing the surface in the direction of the grain or by flipping a board over and using the other side. Any colour difference will disappear in 8-10 weeks.
BASIC CLEANING RECOMMENDATIONS
A simple sweep of the deck area will generally prevent build-up of dirt and grime (or even leaves) that can lead to unwanted marks, stains and mould on your deck. As with wood, the longer your deck is dirty, the more work it will take to get it clean again. A wash with something like “sugar soap” or “sard wonder soap” solutions generally removes most dirt and grime.
For oil-based stains such as BBQ fat or sunscreen lotion, a dilution of household degreaser works very well. For extra heavy oil and grease stains or other specific stain types, check with your local hardware store for cleaners applicable to a specific stain type. If stains have set, you may want to use a steel wire brush and brush lightly, following the wood grain finish of the plank. The brushed area will weather back in approximately 8-10 weeks. Consider using a rubber mat under your BBQ.
Brite Manufacturing does not recommend the use of any paint or staining products on your BriteDeck™. This will void your warranty.
RUST, GROUND-IN DIRT AND GRIME
Use a cleaner that contains Phosphoric Acid. Follow manufacturer’s application instructions. If the stains have set, you may use a steel wire brush and brush lightly to re-grain the decking. Always follow the wood grain finish of the plank. The brushed area will weather back in approximately 8-10 weeks but can vary depending on location and specific application. Consider using a mat under items that may leave stains. Try to periodically sweep dirt from under any mats, flower pots or other stationary items where moisture and dirt may build up.
Like any wood based product, BriteDeck™ may experience a naturally occurring process called Extractive Bleeding. This process may cause a temporary discoloration that will weather away. It may typically appear as dark coloured rings & in most cases they should disappear within 8-10 weeks, but could vary depending on location and specific application – such as a covered porch. If you try to clean the surface, it is likely that you will have to begin the 8-10 week weathering cycle once again.
It is possible for microbiological growth to occur on any type of decking surface. Wash your deck periodically with either a standard household detergent or a dilution of bleach. Use a stiff brush to scrub heavily stained surfaces following the grain. Rinse off your BriteDeck™ periodically with a hose and cold water. Even if your deck appears clean, it is important to prevent build-up of pollen/debris. Mildew stains may occur where moisture, pollens, and/or dirt are present. Mildew needs a food source to grow, which can be grass, pollens, dirt, debris, wood fibre and wood resins. Maintaining a clean, dry deck surface is the best method for combating mildew. Ensure that water drains effectively from your deck. Keeping weep holes and spaces between boards clear and unclogged. For BriteDeck™, be sure that gaps exist between planks to allow for proper drainage.
ICE AND SNOW
If you reside in a cold weather climate where ice and snow periodically accumulate on your deck, and you must shovel the decking, always shovel in the direction the brushing pattern runs.