Decks, Fences, Arbors, Pergolas, Gates Entry Features
Any of the above landscape features can be constructed of Azek/Timber Tech, cedar, vinyl, or aluminum, each with their own suggested maintenance methods. Always follow the manufacturer’s recommendations. Use this information as a general guideline only.
AZEK/TIMBER TECH DECKING
To clean an Azek or Timber Tech deck, follow the manufacturer’s cleaning and care instructions. It is also recommended you first test any cleaner on an inconspicuous area to make sure it doesn’t harm the surface.
- Do not use abrasive cleaners as they can dull the surface of new deck boards.
- Always clean smaller, manageable areas and rinse often. Do not allow cleaner or soap residue to dry to the surface before thoroughly rinsing.
- Do not use composite deck cleaners on Azek/Timber Tech decking. These products are a polymer and not a wood/plastic composite.
For non-painted surfaces: To clean Azek trim, use a pressure washer held at an angle and at least 12 inches away from the surface using the fan nozzle setting attachment. Test the setting to ensure it won’t damage the board surface. You can use a medium nylon bristle brush if the board isn’t coming clean through pressure washing alone.
For painted surfaces: Consult with your paint manufacturer for instructions on cleaning painted trim.
Any exposed cedar, if left untreated, will weather to a gray color with age. Rice’s recommends using a good quality wood cleaner on a regular basis following the manufacturer’s instructions. Take care not to scrub over the wood as excessive scrubbing could scratch the surface. Follow the wood cleaner with a plain water wipe down. Use a rag to sop up any excess water and allow the wood to dry. To maintain the beauty of the wood and to minimize warping, cracking, and splitting, we recommend applying a water-repellent sealer. These items can be purchased at a local retail store. Follow the directions on the container.
Vinyl structures, especially white ones, can benefit from once yearly cleaning. Using a nylon bristle brush and a garden hose, gently scrub and rinse to get rid of loose dirt. For heavier dirt, use a simple cleaning solution with a soft brush and/or cloth, following any manufacturer’s recommendations. Always test any cleaning solutions on an inconspicuous section of vinyl to ensure it won’t damage your structure.
Keeping aluminum structures clean is as simple as a quick hose-down. In the case of stubborn dirt and debris, use a mixture of water and dish soap applied with a non-abrasive sponge. Then rinse and allow the structure to dry. For best results, clean aluminum structures on a cool, overcast day and don’t allow the soap mixture to dry on the structure. Always be sure to follow the manufacturer’s recommendations to avoid inadvertently damaging your structure.
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