Hello all, Martin here with some fall deck maintenance tips. No doubt you’ve enjoyed your deck all spring and summer with cookouts, pool parties, and just relaxing under the stars with friends. Don’t get me wrong, there’s still plenty of enjoyment to be had in the fall as well, but now is the time do some upkeep before ole’ man winter pays a visit. Lucky you though if you have a PVC deck from Inteplast Building Products because fall maintenance just got a lot quicker.
I can still remember those days when I had to maintain my natural wood deck. It was a beauty, but it was a pain. This time of year I would have been sanding splinters, cleaning it, staining it, and resealing it, which means I couldn’t really enjoy it the rest of the season for fear of getting dirty or stained after all that hard work. But since I’ve upgraded to an Inteplast Deck, which is just as beautiful and performs better than real wood, my maintenance routine is reduced to basic checkups like inspecting and replacing any loose or worn hardware, sweeping up Harley’s fur, and using a hose and warm soapy water with a soft bristle brush. You can use other eco-friendly products, but just be cautious because any cleaning product could lighten the color of PVC deck. I recommend testing a small amount of the product in an inconspicuous area. And you shouldn’t use a pressure washer because it could damage the surface too. Inteplast has a terrific customer service center that can answer questions for you about removing stains, and what products you should or should use. For a complete list of Inteplast Building Products’ maintenance tips, visit their website here.
I’m also diligent throughout the summer keeping up with the day-to-day clean ups, which also makes my fall maintenance time easier. Sauces, oils, sunscreen products, and certain insect repellents may have chemicals or ingredients that could stain or discolor your decks, so make sure you clean those up as quickly as possible.
I just want to offer this advice for anyone out there in the market for a new deck, as you consider the type of building material to use, keep in mind the intangible value of your time spent on maintenance over the lifespan of your deck. Going with a PVC deck from Inteplast Building Products means less time spent on upkeep and more time spent enjoying it! Catch you next time.
Martin (and Harley)