As the decking specialist and installer, it’s up to you how you best advise your client on ways to maintain their newly installed deck. Some traditional schools of thought suggest that hardwood decking needs no maintenance. However, especially in Cape Town, we consider decking to be low maintenance due to the dramatic changes in climate from season to season. We suggest you follow this advice to keep the deck in top-notch condition.
- Clean the deck once finished with a stiff broom and water.
- Your deck should only be installed at the end of the building project but if this is not the case and it becomes very dirty, a light solution of Oxalic acid/Water with a stiff broom can then be used.
- Rinse and allow the hardwood deck to dry thoroughly.
- Then oil the deck with a suitable oil like Loba Deck & Teak Oil or similar (not linseed oil).
- Allow to dry thoroughly again and then re-oil.
- If your decking substructure is low to the ground and on a non-permeable surface like plastic or concrete (not advisable) then consider oiling underside of the deck too.
- Maintenance of deck may be necessary by re-oiling at the beginning of summer depending on the deck’s exposure to the sun
- Fine hairline cracks are normal on timber decking as it dries out. This can be minimized by good care and application of an oil to feed the wood.
- Ensure all screws are kept tight.
Important Note: We always recommend oiling a very small portion of your deck initially, to see how it responds and how the colour of the deck is affected, before oiling the entire deck. DO NOT oil your deck if it’s dirty or wet either.
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