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Cleaning the deckWHAT YOU’LL NEED: A broom, mop, bucket, pH-neutral floor cleaner and rags.HOW TO: First remove all furniture, outdoor rugs, pot plants and anything else that’s sitting on the deck. Sweep away all the dirt, leaves and loose residue. Any stains or caked-on muck should be removed with a damp cloth and pH-neutral floor cleaner. Don’t use scourers or steel wool as they will scratch the timber. If using a mop, ensure that it’s thoroughly wrung out before use as excess water can be absorbed by the timber and lead to warping. AVERAGE TIME: 30 minutes.
9. Feature lightsA well chosen light can be a feature in its own right, drawing the eye as well as lighting the scene.WHEN TO USE: Feature lights are a great way to add interest to an area. Whether you’re trying to break up a long wall, or waiting for a new garden to mature, installing a feature light can be the answer.
Decking can be a cost-effective way to cover large areas with hardscape in a small garden. It does have certain maintenance requirements to keep it looking good and safe to use. Natural timber can become green, grimy, slippery and plain dirty after the winter, with the surface exposed to elements such as sunlight, rain and frost. Luckily for the time-shy, decking maintenance is typically only an annual event that has just three simple steps: cleaning, restoring and protecting.