Now that the sun has made an appearance, many of us are taking advantage of the warm weather in our back gardens. With the BBQ food shop done and flip flops at the ready, all that’s left to do is prepare your outdoor space – starting with the decking! No need to hire a cleaner, save yourself some cash and simply follow the handy tips below!

How To Clean Wood Decking

When it comes to cleaning wood, you should always take care to check for any damaged areas that may be rotting. If you see these warning signs, it may be better to replace your wood rather than to clean it – which could cause further damage.

However, if your deck is simply in need of some TLC, a thorough clean can get it looking brand-new again! To begin with, sweep your deck with a densely bristled broom to disturb any debris stuck to the surface. Next, rinse the debris from your deck using your garden hose or power washer. If you choose the latter, ensure it is not too powerful to damage the wood.

After the deck has dried, liberally spray the surface with WD-40® Multi-Use Product, and use a cloth to work the product in. This process will clean and condition the wood on your deck thoroughly. You can also pay extra attention to any scuff marks that may be apparent, as WD-40® can also help to make them less noticeable! If any stains remain after the initial wash, you can add extra product to these problem areas, and work them away with a densely bristled hand brush.

Finish with a final rinse to ensure all dirt, dust, grime and extra product is removed. Et voila – a super clean wooden deck sure to impress all of your garden party guests!

How To Clean Composite Decking

Now if you thought cleaning a wooden deck was easy, wait until you see how simple composite decks are!

Although composite decks are straightforward to clean, it is important to catch any spills quickly before they stain, especially if your deck is a lighter colour. Liquids such as condiments or wine are serious offenders, so if you see a spillage, deal with it as soon as possible.

Keeping a bottle of WD-40 ® Multi-Use Product handy is always a good idea. When cleaning a composite deck, prime the surface with a generous covering of WD-40 ® using the handy wide-angle spray feature. Work the product in using a brush or sponge (or a mop if you’re feeling lazy), and simply rinse everything away to reveal a sparkling clean surface!

How To Remove Scuff Marks From A Composite Decking

Once you have cleaned your composite deck, you may notice scuffs that were not previously visible under the dirt and debris. Not to worry, as WD-40 ® can help with that too!

Spray some WD-40 ® Multi-Use Product onto a wire brush and begin slowly buffing away at the scuff, in the same direction of the grain. Then begin to increase pressure onto the brush, until it starts to match the pattern of the grain. It really is that simple.

How To Protect Decking

Now that you have cleaned your wooden or composite deck, you should take some steps to protect it, so it’s easier to maintain when the next time comes around. Once every couple of months, after you have allowed your deck to dry out completely, use some sandpaper to gently agitate the surface of your wooden deck (skip this step if you have a composite deck).

Next, cover the surface of your deck with a light spray of WD-40 ® Multi-Use Product, and work it in well using a clean sponge or soft cloth. Wipe away any excess, and you’re good to go. You can use WD-40 ® to remove rust on any exterior nails or bolts that may be unsightly, too!

So, there you have it. Squeaky clean decking that’s protected and ready for everything summer (or your guests) might throw at it! Now that’s sorted, it’s time to get the table and chairs out with the help of WD-40®! Check out how to clean rust from metal garden furniture, or protect your plastic furniture! If you are using your freshly cleaned decking for entertaining, you might want to take a look at how to clean your BBQ too!