If your wooden deck is naturally resistant, it will need appropriate and regular maintenance to preserve its shine, strength and longevity. Some care may also be needed to protect it from inclement weather, sunlight, insects and the wear and tear of time. Discover our advice and our tips and tricks to properly maintain your wooden terrace throughout the year.
Pay attention to the type of wood!
Before even talking about the maintenance of your terrace, it is imperative to take into account the nature of your wood. Depending on the species it is made of, it will not require the same frequency of maintenance or the same products.
Rot-proof exotic woods, such as teak, are stronger than treated pine woods. They will therefore need less maintenance. However, whatever species you choose, be aware that your wood will turn gray due to its continuous exposure to rain, frost and sunlight. It is irremediable. Likewise, your terrace will get dirty with the seasons, regardless of its type of wood.
In all cases, it is essential to opt for wood of categories 3 or 4, which are rot-proof and protected from insects. We also advise you to avoid putting a wrought iron garden furniture there, because the rubbing of the feet or the rust tends to leave black marks on the wood which is very difficult to remove.
In terms of maintenance, everything will depend on your taste. If you appreciate the naturally gray color that your patio will acquire over time, a simple cleaning will suffice. Otherwise, you will need to apply additional maintenance products.
How to clean your wooden terrace?
Ideally, a wooden deck should be cleaned once or twice a year, before summer and before the wet season. These cleanings are useful for removing dirt and impurities collected on the surface. They prevent the terrace from becoming slippery with pollution deposits and the mosses from developing at leisure. In addition, you will enjoy a more pleasant and cleaner space for your meals and summer aperitifs.
The principle is simple. You just need to equip yourself with at least a water jet and a broom. It is unnecessary and above all not recommended to use a high pressure cleaner, because these wear the surface of the wood prematurely.
If the terrace is particularly dirty, dilute a little black soap in a bucket of hot water and scrub with the brush this mixture previously poured on your boards. Black soap is a stain remover, degreaser, insecticide and mild antiseptic ally of wood.
Don’t be afraid to rub. It is the movements of your arms with the stiff broom that will remove dirt and clean your patio.
If you used black soap, rinse the deck surface with clean water and let it air dry.
How to maintain your terrace?
If the gray color of your patio works for you, you can go for one or two washes a year. If, on the other hand, you want to restore it to its original shine, here are our maintenance tips to follow. Be careful, however, once you start applying these products, you must continue to apply them regularly, otherwise the surface of your terrace will lose its splendor. It can then flake or gray in a less aesthetic way.
The graying of wood is natural and inevitable, whatever the species chosen. This coloring is due to exposure to UV rays and continuous rain. However, it is possible to restore the wood to its original color.
Oil your terrace
Oiling the surface of the terrace slows down its natural graying. These are specialized oils that should be applied once or twice a year after cleaning the blades. On the other hand, they are only preventive and not curative products and which must be applied by means of several layers. If your terrace is already gray, these oils will not restore its shine, they will only help to preserve a terrace whose color has not faded.
Clean up your terrace
On the other hand, you can eliminate the grayness of your terrace using a degreasing product. This expands the pores of the wood and cleans the surface layer which has grayed out. After carefully cleaning your patio, apply this powder and leave it on for about 20 minutes before rinsing with clean water.
Saturate your terrace
The saturator is another type of product. It is a liquid resin that gives the terrace its original color. Once it has been sobered or at least carefully cleaned, the saturator is applied with a brush to bring out the natural pigments of the wood.