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deck maintenance


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The easiest deck you’ve ever owned

Your Green Shield composite deck, designed for durability and beauty even under heavy use and weather exposure, will keep its strength for years with just a touch of preventative maintenance, protecting your investment with minimal effort.

Maintenance and Protection

Your deck will look its best if kept clean and dry. Regularly sweep debris from the gaps between the boards and avoid wet mulch against the deck structure. Be mindful of items that can cause staining, like flower pots, rubber or vinyl products, and certain sunscreens or insect repellents. Clean spills promptly and avoid abrasive cleaners to maintain the deck surface's integrity. 

Cleaning and Weather Considerations

Regular washing, at least twice a year, with approved cleaning products, will keep your deck looking fresh. If needed, you can use a power washer, ensuring to use a fan tip nozzle and wash in the direction of the grain pattern. During the colder months, use a leaf blower or plastic shovel to clear snow, and avoid using sand for snow/ice removal. Opt for calcium chloride or magnesium chloride-based “ice melt” or rock salt instead and clean any residues promptly.

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Maintenance Tips and Preventative Measures 

  • Maintain a deck that is dry and clean for best results 

  • Keep debris out of the gaps between the decking boards so rain showers can remove pollen and organic debris between cleanings

  •  Minimize the use of wet mulch placed up against the deck structure 

  • Items stored directly on top of the deck surface, such as flower pots or mats, prohibit water evaporation and can cause some staining of the deck surface (this is known as “environmental blushing”) 

  • Raise flower pots with stands/footers to allow airflow under the pot 

  • Avoid spraying insect repellent or applying any type of suntan/sunscreen product while on the deck. These products contain chemical ingredients that may react with the decking material and result in a stain on the decking surface 

  • Spills should be cleaned up immediately to prevent staining. Please note that exceeding the recommended concentration of cleaners can damage the product’s surface 

  • Avoid abrasive cleaners. Test any cleaner in an inconspicuous area before applying it to major areas. Excessive scrubbing is unnecessary, may be harmful to the product, and may cause an undesirable glossy look.

  • All sources of high heat should be: 

  • Placed on a non-rubber/non-vinyl grill mat or splatter guard to minimize stains.

  • Kept a safe distance from the railing.

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