Maintaining and preparing to clean an aluminum deck is easier than you think. Think of it this way: prolonging the good looks of your powder -coated AridDek aluminum decking is just like caring for your car. Now and then, your car will need a wash. You know that cleaning it is a smart way to protect your investment. The same goes for your aluminum deck.
Over time with exposure to the elements, the powder-coating on aluminum decking may show signs of weathering. Symptoms include as loss of gloss, chalking , and slight color change. However, a simple, regular clean will minimize the effects of weathering. Also, it will remove dirt, grime, and other build‐up that is detrimental to all powder coatings.
6 Factors That Help Determine How Often to Clean An Aluminum Deck:
- Geographical location of the deck.
- Environment surrounding wherever your Aluminum decking lives (marine, industrial, alkaline or acidic, etc.)
- Levels of atmospheric pollution including salts.
- Prevailing winds and the possibility of air born debris causing erosive wear of the coating (and causing abrasion).
- Change in environmental circumstances during the lifetime of the deck (if residential became commercial).
- Usage of the deck (including furniture, etc.)
Cleaning your AridDek aluminum decking should start when you install your AridDek.
This ensures the removal of construction materials such as concrete, plaster, and paint splashes before they can dry. Failure to remove these materials at this early stage will require aggressive cleaning materials and techniques with potential damage to the powder-coated surface of your AridDek aluminum decking later.
The best method to clean an aluminum deck is by regular washing using a solution of warm water and non‐abrasive, pH-neutral detergent. Rinse your AridDek aluminum deck surface thoroughly after cleaning to remove all residues. Clean your AridDek using a soft cloth, sponge, or a natural bristle brush.
By cleaning your AridDek aluminum deck regularly or as needed, you are protecting an investment and keeping your deck in excellent condition. Likewise, cleaning your AridDek watertight aluminum deck will only prolong the longevity of an already long-lasting deck!
We recommend the following basic care instructions:
- Don’t use a Pressure Washer
- Do use Mild Soap
- Do use a Soft Brush
- Do keep the Deck Free of Leaves and Debris
About Wahoo Building Products
Headquartered in Dahlonega, Georgia, Wahoo Building Products is a leading manufacturer of award-winning outdoor decking products. Wahoo products enjoy uniquely low maintenance and greater resistance to natural elements than traditional decking products. Wahoo Decks also offers Wahoo Rail, a complete line of commercial-grade aluminum railing, and AridDek, a waterproof aluminum decking product. Additional information about Wahoo Building Products can be found at www.WahooBuildingProducts.com or by calling 1-877-270-9387.