DesignBoard Cleaning & Maintenance
Although DesignBoard requires no maintenance, it should be cleaned periodically after installation. The following information is a useful guide to ensure you keep your composite decking in good condition.
Surface water can pool and then evaporate, leaving marks and spots on the surface of the DesignBoard. These marks are normal and not a deficiency. Use clean water and a brush to remove in the first instance or if more persistent, then the use of a jet wash is recommended (see the ‘Periodic cleaning’ section for advice on using a jet wash on DesignBoard). Ensure any excess water is swept off and then allow the area to dry. For persistent stains repeat the operation using detergent cleaner. To remove limescale use a vinegar cleaner.
Spots of soda, wine, coffee
Soda stains, wine or coffee are removed with a detergent cleaner. If these persist, repeat the operation using a diluted bleach solution and use a jet wash (see the ‘Periodic cleaning’ section for advice on using a jet wash on DesignBoard). Do not leave the bleach to stand on the deck surface. Clean off with water quickly.
Grease stains, sun cream, oil, etc...
To avoid lasting stains, clean the stain as soon as possible. Remove first with an absorbent agent, such as a paper cloth, being careful not to spread the stain. Then use a degreasing cleaner to remove the stain, by rubbing vigorously with a cloth or sponge in several directions. Repeat this process twice, leave for one minute and then rinse thoroughly with clean water or jet wash (see the ‘Periodic cleaning’ section for advice on using a jet wash on DesignBoard). It may also be prudent to clean the affected area with clean water mixed with a little household detergent (such as washing-up liquid) and a brush. Once treated, this type of stain should dissipate over time, in conjunction with periodic cleaning and UV rays from the sun.
Spots of tree resin
For stains caused by tree resin, clean using a cloth moistened with Ethyl alcohol. Do not apply ethyl directly as it can stain the deck.
Spots decaying organic matter
Use diluted bleach solution, scrub with a brush, then rinse thoroughly or jet wash (see the ‘Periodic cleaning’ section for advice on using a jet wash on DesignBoard). For rust marks, use a rust-removing cleaning agent.
To expedite the melting process of ice or snow, coarse salt can be applied to affected areas.
Heat or surface damage on deck
Alterations or damage (burns, discoloration by external agents) to the surface of the deck, can be removed with sandpaper. Always use sandpaper in the direction of the grooving. Using sandpaper will cause a change in the colour of the decking but this will fade a little over time. Please note that your DesignBoard stockist cannot accept responsibility for any colour changes or damage caused by using sandpaper on the surface.
For stubborn stains of unknown nature, follow different cleaning steps:
- Cleansing soap
- Diluted bleach (subsequent rinsing with water or jet wash)
- Bleach concentrated (subsequent rinsing with water or jet wash - see the ‘Periodic cleaning’ section for advice on using a jet wash on DesignBoard).
- Stubborn stains can be removed with sandpaper or a wire brush. Apply on the surface of the deck. Always use abrasive cleaners in the direction of the grooving. Using sandpaper or a wire brush will cause a change in the colour of the decking but this will fade a little over time. Please note that your DesignBoard stockist cannot accept responsibility for any colour changes or damage caused by using sandpaper on the surface
Carry-out general cleaning every 3-6 months, depending on usage and how clean you would like to keep your deck (always perform a clean test in an inconspicuous area).
- Use a jet wash and clean in the same direction as the grooves on the decking surface, avoiding circular movements. This will help to remove embedded dirt and dust. Hold the jet wash lance at an angle of 45 degrees at least 300mm from the surface of the DesignBoard.
- Use a brush and clean with diluted soap and bleach cleaner. Leave for a few minutes and rinse with plenty of water or jet wash. Allow to dry, ensuring no water has pooled on the surface of the deck.
- DesignBoard is not resistant to acetone, strong acids, silicones and paints.
- If in doubt about any type of cleaning or stain, please refer to the stockist where the product was purchased, for further advice.