While ECW products require minimal maintenance, there are some basic tips you should be aware about to keep your composite wood deck and other products looking good for many years to come.
Installation, Storage and Handling
There are some precautionary measures you should take with ECW products.
Cleaning your deck is best done with soapy water and a modern sponge mop along the grain. Make sure you clean each plank one after the other and rinse regularly to ensure that you are not moving around muddy water.
Every 6 – 12 months it is suggested that owners do a maintenance clean with a high pressure washer with a maximum power output of 2500psi and a 25 degree spray tip at a 35 degree angle. Ensure you spray with the grain of your deck as across the surface can cause damage. Try to ensure that each plank is sprayed with 100% coverage per pass.
You will notice some water stains on the surface after it is evaporated by the sun after a shower. It is a temporary phenomenon due to the material not adapting to the climate. It should disappear within 2 months. It can be cleaned with soapy water and a mop with the grain. Alternatively, stainless steel wool also produces good results but takes much longer.
Painting, Sealing and Staining
It is possible for you to apply a 3rd party coating but we feel there is no need to. However, if you do decide for some reason to apply an external coating it should be done when the deck is fully clean and dried. Regardless, if you apply an external coating it will void your warranty.
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