Timber decking is the perfect addition to any garden, providing an attractive surface which makes both a great garden feature as well as a usable environment for entertaining friends and family as well as enjoying your garden.
Unfortunately, timber – wherever it is laid – is susceptible to wear and tear as well as staining from a variety of sources. To help you get the most out of your garden, this guide will act as your all in one solution to timber care and treatment.
The Causes of Timber Degradation and Discoloration
Timber and wood that is located outside permanently has to withstand the natural elements and much more. Some of the most common causes of damage and wear to timber surfaces is due to:
- The presence of bird droppings which aren’t removed immediately. If left they will imbed themselves into the surface and causing staining.
- Sap which is dropped by nearby trees. Once adhered to your timber surfaces, it will act as a magnet for dirt particles in the air.
- BBQ debris which hasn’t been removed and is left to sit for long periods of time.
- The presence of furniture and plant pots which are placed onto timber surfaces.
- The presence of moss, mildew and algae which will stain your timber surfaces if left untreated.
Cleaning Your Timber Decking
Before you can get started with any preventative maintenance, you will first need to clean and remove as much dirt and stains from your decking as possible.
Your options are either to mix a homemade solution or make use of one of the many timber decking cleaners which are available on the market. Simply apply the cleaner as instructed before agitating it with a suitable brush. The surface can then be rinsed with a pressure washer but do ensure that it is below 1500 psi to prevent permanent surface damage.
The resultant surface should be like new in appearance and free from staining and blemishes.
Treating and Sealing Your Timber Decking
Once clean and all the staining has been removed, only then can you apply an appropriate sealant. There are several types of deck sealer on the market but all of them are designed to provide a protective layer to the timber underneath which will make the adhering of moss and algae as well as other dirt and stains difficult. The best protective sealant is likely to be a penetrating oil which will head deep into the surface of the wood and protect it from the inside out, ensuring that it will last for years to come.
Some deck treatments will also apply a colour to your timber decking which some find very aesthetically pleasing as it provides a varnish or lacquer like appearance. If you would rather preserve the original appearance of the timber surface, make sure that you use a colourless sealant product which is designed to seal and protect via the use of a clear impregnating wax.
Once applied properly, your timber surfaces should remain clean and looking their best for years.