There is already an autumnal chill in the mornings and evenings, which is a good reminder to start preparing your decking for winter. Decking can become slippery without the correct maintenance and start to rot.
The first step is to sweep with a stiff brush to clear away any fallen leaves and other debris, as these retain unwanted moisture causing the decking to rot. Moss and algae must also be removed to avoid mould.
The use of a good decking cleaner such as Timco Exterior Wood Cleaner will deal with this. Rinse well to ensure all residue is washed away and allow the decking to dry for at least 2 days.
Now is the time to repair any minor damage, replacing split boards etc., as these will absorb water and start to rot, making your decking unsafe.
Once complete, ensuring the surface is completely dry, apply a brush on treatment such as Barrettine All In One Decking Oil to seal and protect the decking boards. Not only will this make the decking look fabulous, but it will also protect it from the elements.
Taking care of your decking now will ensure its longevity and improve the look of the decking for years to come.