GENERAL CARE AND CLEANING

Maintenance For Your Duradek Vinyl

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At Waterproof Decks Of Oregon, we take pride in installing Duradek vinyl decking, a premium and long-lasting waterproof solution for your outdoor space. Duradek vinyl decking is known not just for it’s durability, but also for its low-maintenance characteristics. To ensure your Duradek vinyl deck remains in top condition and retains its beauty for years to come, follow these essential maintenance tips

Tips for a Long-Lasting and Beautiful Deck

Regular Cleaning:

  • For routine maintenance, sweep or rinse off debris, dirt, and leaves from your Duradek vinyl deck using a garden hose or a gentle spray of water. Regular cleaning will prevent the buildup of particles that can lead to stains or discoloration.

Cleaning Agents:

  • Mild household cleaners, soap, or a mixture of warm water and a gentle detergent can be used for more thorough cleaning. Avoid using harsh chemicals, bleach, abrasive cleaners, or solvents, as they can damage the vinyl surface.

Cleaning Tools:

  • Soft bristle brushes, mops, or sponges are ideal for cleaning your Duradek vinyl deck. Avoid using abrasive scrub brushes or steel wool, as they can scratch the surface.

Scuffing, Stains and Marks:

  • Like any other floor surface, vinyl may scuff if abused. Try to avoid dragging heavy or sharp-edged objects over unprotected PVC. Skidding a bicycle tire, a roller blade or the edge of a running shoe across the vinyl creates friction, and the extreme heat and abrasion may possibly remove the print. Duradek vinyl membranes are manufactured with a solid ‘base’ color which is complementary (rather than obtrusive) if the print finish is removed from abuse. Normal traffic will not damage the vinyl at all. Solid color membranes are available for high-traffic areas to avoid wear patterns. 

  • For stubborn stains or marks, apply the mild cleaning solution directly to the affected area and gently scrub with a soft brush or sponge. Rinse the area thoroughly with clean water after cleaning. Some consideration should be paid to the deck accessories that you chose. Rubber backed mats are not compatible with PVC and can cause discoloration. Metal edged snow shovels and sharp edged metal furniture should be avoided as they can puncture the vinyl and compromise the waterproofing performance. Certain tree saps like cedar can be very difficult stains to remove and organic debris (like leaves) left to sit for extended periods can stain as they decompose. Metal planters without protection underneath can result in planter shaped rust stains. If any of the above should occur – try to clean it off as soon as possible so the stain doesn’t have a chance to set (refer to our Care and Cleaning instructions on the back of the warranty card or on our Duradek Care and Cleaning page ).
  • Note: A little precaution can help avoid the frustration of difficult stain removal. If you would like to use metal planters or other metal décor that can potentially leave rust stains on your vinyl deck, ask your Duradek installer for remnant pieces of PVC to place as a protective barrier between your accessories and your permanent vinyl deck. 

Avoid Heat Buildup:

  • During hot weather, avoid leaving objects with rubber or plastic components, such as planters or furniture, in direct contact with the vinyl surface. Prolonged contact with these materials can lead to heat buildup and potentially cause damage.

Winter Maintenance:

  • In colder climates, be cautious when removing ice or snow from your Duradek vinyl deck. Use plastic shovels or brooms with soft bristles to avoid damaging the vinyl surface. Avoid using ice melt products containing chemicals that could harm the vinyl.

Inspect for Damage:

  • Vinyl deck surfaces are a very low-maintenance decking solution, but homeowners do have some minimal maintenance responsibilities. The deck should be inspected annually to ensure all seals or caulking is intact. For best appearance, the deck should be cleaned seasonally (4 times a year). The textured surface is ideal for slip resistance, but does provide a place for dirt to settle. For detailed information, see the Duradek Care and Cleaning page.

Avoid Pressure Washing:

  • While pressure washing may seem like a quick cleaning solution, it is not recommended for Duradek vinyl decks. Pressure washing can cause damage to the vinyl membrane and compromise the waterproofing integrity. Stick to gentle cleaning methods for the best results.

Professional Inspection:

  • Consider scheduling a professional inspection of your Duradek vinyl deck every few years. An expert can identify any potential issues and provide maintenance recommendations to keep your deck in excellent condition.

By following these maintenance tips, you can ensure that your Duradek vinyl deck continues to provide a durable, waterproof, and beautiful outdoor space for you to enjoy year after year. If you have any questions or require assistance with maintaining your Duradek vinyl deck, don’t hesitate to reach out to the team at Waterproof Decks Of Oregon. We are here to help you maximize the longevity and performance of your vinyl deck, allowing you to make the most of your outdoor living experience.

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