How to clean and protect reeded decking

Without the proper maintenance and protection, decking can begin to look tired and dirty.

Reeded decking before Many people use their decking nearly every day in the summer and because our decking is usually placed within view of our homes, many of our customers come to us for help to find a product that will smarten up their decking and protect it from the sun and the, sometimes harsh, British weather.

When our customers send us photos of their renovated decking that they’ve achieved using our products, we can’t help but feel proud.

Recently, Roger from R and A Pressure Washing (visit his website using the link at the bottom of this post) emailed us these photos to show us just what a difference Owatrol products had made to his customer’s reeded decking. We think you’ll agree that the transformation is splendid.

So how did he do it?

Firstly, Net-Trol was used to clean the reeded decking

The customer used Net-Trol to lighten and restore the natural colour of their weathered, greyed wood, without bleaching it.

One of our favourite products, Net-Trol effortlessly removes ground in and surface dirt in as little as 15 minutes, leaving the reeded decking looking bright and vibrant.

Before applying Net-Trol, Roger wet the reeded decking with clean water.

Next, he applied Net-Trol with a synthetic brush and then scrubbed the decking with a stiff synthetic brush. Roger worked to ensure that he had scrubbed the Net-Trol thoroughly into the tight grooves of the reeded decking. Cleaning reeded decking can be more of a struggle than flat decking boards. Take the time to ensure that Net-Trol is worked into all of the grooves.

After leaving it to stand for approximately 15-20 minutes (if it started to dry, Roger applied a mist of water to keep it wet), he used a presser washer (max. 60 bar) to clean the decking. If you don’t have a pressure washer, you could scrub the surface whilst simultaneously rinsing it with water.

Reeded decking after Net-TrolIn this case, Roger needed to repeat the above steps once more in order to thoroughly clean the decking as it had been left for a number of years without treatment of cleaning.

Next, protection using Aquadecks

Aquadecks is a water-based penetrating wood finish that can be used on both new and weathered wood.

It’s easy to apply and maintain, with no labour-intensive sanding or stripping required.

Roger first sectioned off the decking into smaller areas that could be completed within 30 minutes. He then applied a liberal amount of Aquadecks with a brush, working in the direction of the grain.

As soon as the ‘wet look’ of the first application had disappeared, Roger then applied the second coat of Aquadecks. He allowed it to penetrate which took around 15-20 minutes. It’s important not to let Aquadecks become touch dry between applications.

Next, in order to avoid Aquadecks drying as shiny spots on the surface, he wiped up any excess that had not penetrated the decking.

Aquadecks is water-based, so Roger then washed the brush and cloth with soap and water.

Reeded decking after AquadecksWe think you’ll agree that the end result looks marvellous!

Have you used Aquadecks for any of your renovation projects? We’d love to see your before and after photos!

R & A Pressure Washing Services Ltd.
About R & A Pressure Washing Services Ltd.

R & A Pressure Washing Services Ltd. provide professional pressure washing cleaning and restoration work in Surrey and the surrounding area. They specialise in driveways and patios, decking and garden furniture.

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