Care & Cleaning

With a vinyl deck surface, your deck maintenance is virtually non-existent.

To keep your deck looking its best and to make sure you take care of the homeowner responsibilities that protect your warranty coverage, there are just two things you have to do…

1 – Seasonal Cleaning
2 – Annual Inspections

Vinyl Deck Maintenance – General Cleaning

To look its best, your vinyl deck should be cleaned 4 times per year using the Duradek Vinyl Cleaner. This environmentally safe cleaner is available from your authorized Duradek Dealer, Duradek Headquarters or order online from Amazon. It is designed specifically for vinyl and will NOT leave harmful chemical residue like many household cleaners may.
Simply follow the directions on the label. Start with warm water and a stiff broom, scrubbing in a circular motion to loosen the dirt. The textured surface is ideal for slip resistance but does provide a place for dirt to settle, so the circular scrubbing motion will help pull that out. Then spray with a garden hose (under pressure) to wash away the loose dirt. You may also use a pressure washer with a setting of no more than 1500 psi (max) and hold the nozzle 12 inches from the surface. Be careful to avoid seams, railing attachments, caulking or house trims.
Finally, flush thoroughly with clean water. This is a very important step of deck maintenance as you do not want any remaining residue on the deck surface. The sunshine can cause a reaction with cleaning agents on your vinyl deck surface so it is important to rinse your deck thoroughly of all cleaner residue.
If acid rain or airborne pollution is a problem in your area, you may want to clean your deck more frequently.

Vinyl Deck Maintenance – Inspection

The only other deck maintenance for Duradek vinyl decks is your annual inspection. It is the home owner’s responsibility to inspect the caulking used to seal around posts, pillars, corners, vents, and drains.
Over time, the structure to which the vinyl sheeting is applied can crack, shrink or shift which can break the caulking seal. A yearly inspection will uncover such a problem and your Central Ontario Duradek contractor can recommend or supply the proper sealant to correct it.

Vinyl Deck Maintenance – Protection

To protect Duradek vinyl deck surfaces from scuffs or excessive wear, use non-rubber backed* mats (polypropylene ok) at doorways, stair landings or major traffic thoroughfares. Select mats that are heavy enough not to blow away.
Avoid dragging heavy or sharp-edged objects on the vinyl surface as that can cause scuffs or tears and must be protected against.

*Rubber based products are not compatible with PVC.

Vinyl Deck Maintenance – Winter Considerations

Duradek easily withstands even the harshest winter conditions and common methods of snow and ice removal. It is fine to use a snow shovel, just be sure it is a plastic edged shovel – not a metal edge. It is also safe to use de-icing agents such as kitty litter (gravel style), rock salt or other snow-melting chemicals. Just be sure to clean the surface thoroughly with soap and water and rinse very thoroughly before the spring sun arrives which can ‘bake’ any remaining chemical residue into the Duradek membrane.

Vinyl Deck Maintenance – Cleaning Recommendations for Tough Stains

DURADEK VINYL CLEANER OFFERS THE BEST RESULTS FOR EVEN TOUGH STAINS. Alternate cleaning solutions are an option for tough stains that our vinyl cleaner is unable to remove. If you use an alternative cleaner, there is a risk of leaving a residue which can affect the performance or appearance of your Duradek vinyl deck surface. Use alternative cleaners at your own risk. If you decide to use an alternative cleaner, they MUST be used when vinyl is cool to the touch and not in direct sunlight/peak heat of the day. If damage occurs during or as a result of the cleaning process, it is the owner’s responsibility to repair. Always use cleaners as directed by the manufacturer, and always follow any cleaning with a flush of clean water.