Waterproof Vinyl Decking Maintenance Tips for Fall
Although practically maintenance-free, in order to keep your outdoor vinyl decking looking great a tiny amount of preparation is required in the fall to ensure that your waterproof vinyl deck endures whatever rough weather winter can throw at it. Here are a few Fall vinyl decking maintenance tips courtesy of Tuff Industries:
Tip #1 – Sweep Tufdek™ vinyl decking
Leaves, grass, and dirt can stick to your waterproof vinyl deck, making it slippery and leaving a residue behind that may stain the deck surface. A quick sweep or blast with a leaf blower can remove debris before it can start to cause stains on your vinyl deck. It’s a good idea to do a second or third sweep if your area experiences high winds; as this will deposit more debris on your deck.
Tip #2 – Hose off your Tufdek vinyl deck
Any dirt that you’ve loosened up needs to be rinsed off, but before you go off dragging out your pressure washer just grab your hose. Unless there is a serious layer of dirt, a regular hose can do the job just fine. For stubborn dirt, grab a push broom and use it to push water and dirt off the deck.
Tip #3 – Inspect your vinyl deck surface
Fall is a great time to check over your vinyl decking for any debris left on the surface so you can take steps to remove before Winter. For recommendations on cleaning your vinyl deck, check out these deck care and cleaning recommendations.
Tip #4 – Overall cleaning of your Tufdek vinyl decking
Once cleared of debris and stains, it’s a great idea to gently scrub your waterproof vinyl deck to remove any vestiges of stains or debris. You won’t need any soap or cleaner to clean a vinyl membrane, just some water and a gentle bristle brush!
Tuff Industries advises you to never use commercial or household cleaners to clean your vinyl deck. Household chemicals and cleaning products will leave a residue which can alter the performance and appearance of your waterproof vinyl decking.
Tip #5 – Avoid scraping your Tufdek vinyl decking
When cleaning your deck, removing snow or dragging furniture, it’s vital to avoid scraping or damaging the waterproof vinyl deck surface. Never scrape your deck with sharp objects, instead remove snow with a plastic snow shovel ensuring you keep your waterproof decking surface looking great!
A well cared for and maintained waterproof vinyl decking surface will last longer and protect the underlying structure for many years – so take care of your Tufdek™ vinyl decking! If you are working with an old deck you may want to consider upgrading to a new deck flooring cover to revitalize your home. Check out our Tufdek™ waterproof deck gallery or contact Tuff Industries today.
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