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How to Clean Trex Decking

So, you had a Trex deck installed. Depending on who you hired to do the job, the contractors may or may not have gone over how you should care for and maintain your new Trex deck.

If your builders did not provide any kind of education about cleaning and general maintenance for your new home addition, there are a few things that you will want to consider. The right kind of regular cleaning can ensure that your family will enjoy the view and use of your deck space for years to come.

Regular Cleaning and Care

Many home and business owners choose Trek decks over traditional wooden decks because they are easy to maintain and last longer. Wooden decks are susceptible to water damage, rot, and molding—Trex decks are more resistant to the elements. Still, proper care is crucial to extending the life of your deck regardless of the materials it is made of.

A regular cleaning schedule for your Trex deck will help maintain both your deck’s aesthetics and functionality. Trex decking might be water-resistant, but it can still be exposed to damage from leaves, dirt, and mildew over time. Adopting a proper cleaning regimen helps mitigate damage and things that, over time, might cause the deck to become structurally unsound.

How to Clean Trex Decks

One of the main essentials is that you do not let dirt and debris pile up and collect on your deck for too long. This can promote mildew growth, which can compromise your deck if left unchecked. Sweeping areas of your deck that are collecting dirt and other debris on a regular basis with a soft-bristled broom can prevent this type of build-up. Why a soft broom? To avoid scratching; when sweeping (and the same goes for washing), go with the grain, not against it.

A garden hose can also be used for regular cleaning—but be mindful and avoid washing your deck with hard water. If you want to use any cleaning products on the Trex deck surface, it is best to avoid caustic household cleaners that are bleach-based and choose milder soaps. You can even use white vinegar to clean areas where visible deposits have built up, but always towel the vinegar off immediately with soft water.

What if Your Trex Deck Needs a Deeper Clean?

If you need a deeper clean, power washing, your Trex deck is an option. When power washing your deck, you will want to keep things under 3100 psi and be sure to maintain a distance of 8 inches or more from the fan of the washer and the deck’s surface (otherwise, you might cause some damage to your Trex deck’s shell). Properly pressure washing your deck will remove problematic surface dirt.

Looking for Trex Decks in Prince William?If you are in the Prince Willam area and are considering contracting the construction of a Trex deck on your property, Battlefield Decks is a certified deck builder owned and operated in northern Virginia. Our expert contractors are skilled at working with Trex decking and Trex deck construction. Visit our website for an instant quote on your Trex deck project or contact us today for more information.

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