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Tuesday, 07 September 2010 20:06

Vinyl Deck Care and Maintanence

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All materials used outside exposed to the weather will require care and cleaning without exception. There is no true maintenance free material. Composite decking such as Trex is a low maintenance material which means that it will require less care than wood or lesser grades of composite materials.
Trex recommends the following for each of the noted conditions:

Removal of Dirt and Debris
For the removal of everyday dirt and small debris the use of soap and hot water is recommended. Prepare soapy water in a bucket and clean with a soft brush.

Note: The basic cleaning should be done at the start (spring) and end (fall) each year. This will help to insure that mold mildew is kept under control.
Clack and Print Marks

A responsible installer will not use chalk that leaves marks and will take care to insure that print markings which the material is required by law to display is covered. If there are caulk marks left behind there is virtually nothing that can be done to remove them. Print marketing can be done to remove them. Print markings can be lessened with Acetone.

If you need to use a caulk to mark the deck then Trex recommends Irwin Strait-Line Dust off marking Caulk.

Water Spots, Leaf Staining and Wood Tannins
TanninThe term tannin (from tanna, an Old High German word for oak or for tree) refers to the use of wood tannins from oak in tanning animal hides into leather; however, the term is widely applied to any large polyphenolic compound containing sufficient hydroxyls and other suitable groups (such as carboxyis) to form strong complexes with proteins and other macromolecules. The compounds are widely distributed in many species of plants, where they play a role in protection from predation and perhaps also growth regulation leaching occurs in all wood based products of which Trex is one

Normal weathering occurs over a 3-4 month period, basically one summer season. If you would like to quicken this process you can use Oxalic or Phosphoric acidOxalic Acid and Phosphoric Acid are both organic compounds that are commonly used for cleaning and bleaching wood or wood based products., these type products are commonly known as Deck Brighteners.

Ice and Snow
Snow left on your deck undisturbed will not damage the deck, if however you want to remove it, the following should be followed:

The use of Calcium Chloride or Rock Salt on Trex is OK, but it should be rinsed off when first practical. No sense in making more ice when rinsing the deck.

Never use metal shovels when removing ice or snow. Always exercise care and caution when using any tools on the Trex surface. The use of a metal shovel can scratch the decking. If this occurs it will not be covered under your warranty.

Scuffs and Abrasions
Scuffs and abrasions can fade or completely disappear after 12-16 weeks of natural weathering. This can be quickened by using Deck Brightener.

Oil and Grease Stains
Oil and grease stains should be rinsed as soon as possible after the stain is made. A product called "Pour-N-Restore" can be applied to the affected area. The product should used as directed on stains. It is important to test a small area first since this product may remove some of the color from the decking material.

Things that you should not do to your Trex Decking
Never use a power washer greater than 1500 psi or apply pressurized water closer than 12" from the surface. The use of power washers under 1500 psi should still be used with great care. Power washing could damage the decking material surface, and could also result in the loss of warranty.
Never sand the deck surface. Sanding will alter the appearance of the surface and void the warranty

Last modified on Thursday, 24 February 2011 18:52