It’s important to keep your deck clean all year round but sometimes when the cold, wet weather hits we don’t tend to venture outside as often and we forget to do this.
Maintaining your deck during the winter months can be an easy and simple task if you follow a few steps:
- Keep you deck free of any lose debris such as lawn clippings, leaves, rocks & gravel and rubbish; sweep these away so that they are not “walked in” to your deck nor create scratches in the timber.
- If you find that you do get a large quantity of leaves on your decking, it might we worth considering cutting back any trees in the area to limit the amount of leave debris.
- Try to keep your deck free of excess water. Your deck obviously dries quicker in Summer due to the warmth of the sun, but it’s important at all times of the year to limit the presence of moisture on your decking and ensure your decking has adequate ventilation. Excess water can create slippery surfaces and a perfect habitat for mould to grow.
- If you do see any mould or mildew on your decking during winter, remove it immediately to prevent any further damage to your decking.
- Be careful when placing pot plants directly on your decking as this may create staining. Since most pot plants have water drainage holes in the bottom, the water drains on to your decking and has nowhere to evaporate. If you do have pot plants on your decking, regularly move them around the area to help prevent any staining.
Follow these simple steps over the next few months and your decking will be in top condition for when the warmer months arrive for you to sit back, relax and enjoy.