Cleaning Instructions Using TimberTech DeckCleaner™
Congratulations on your new TimberTech Deck or Porch! TimberTech Decks and Porches are engineered to resist stains to provide decades of lasting beauty. However, all exterior products may become soiled with exposure to everyday spills, pets, construction dust, pollen, and foot traffic. By following these guidelines you can help ensure your new TimberTech Deck or Porch will look its best for many years to come. Utilizing the recommended products in this guide is important to make care and cleaning easier and to ensure proper care. Regardless of the cleaning product you select, always make sure to read and follow the directions carefully. If you elect to use a cleaning product other than TimberTech DeckCleaner™ or one of the other specific recommended products in this guide, please contact the manufacturer before using to ensure that it will not cause damage to your TimberTech Deck, Porch, or Rail.
TimberTech DeckCleaner™ is formulated, field tested, and approved for cleaning TimberTech AZEK® Deck or Porch, TimberTech PRO™ Deck, TimberTech EDGE™ Deck, and TimberTech Composite Rail. It is the best solution for seasonal cleanup, everyday spills, or stubborn spots. On average, one gallon diluted with one part cleaner to three parts water will clean approximately 1,000 square feet of surface area. For TimberTech DockSider™ and ReliaBoard® Collections there are several cleaner options listed on page 3. TimberTech DeckCleaner™ is not designed for use with these collections.
Note that composite deck cleaners such as Corte Clean®, Thompson’s® Water Seal®—Oxy Action, Olympic® Deck Cleaner, or other cleaners specified as composite deck cleaners, in powder or liquid form, should not be used with TimberTech AZEK Deck or Porch, TimberTech PRO, and TimberTech EDGE collections. The capping material on these products is not composed of a wood plastic composite.
General & Spot Cleaning
In preparation for cleaning you will need water for rinsing (hose or power washer), the recommended deck brush with an extension handle, and TimberTech DeckCleaner™.
Important: Clean in small, manageable areas. Thoroughly rinse each area before moving onto the next section and do not let the cleaner dry on the surface. Avoid cleaning in direct sunlight as the heat generated may cause the surface to dry quickly as you attempt to clean. Allowing the cleaner to dry or not thoroughly rinsing will cause a white surface film that must be cleaned again.
Avoid getting TimberTech DeckCleaner on other surfaces, including glass, stainless steel, and painted surfaces. Thoroughly rinse surfaces immediately upon contact.
A power washer can be used for RINSING ONLY with TimberTech Deck or Porch. The recommended maximum pressure is 1,500 psi. A fan tip nozzle should be used. Spray in the direction of the grain pattern, never across the grain, to avoid damaging the product. Use caution not to damage the material and always take proper safety precautions when operating a power washer.
STEP 1: Shake well. Dilute TimberTech DeckCleaner mixing 1 part cleaner to 3 parts water. One gallon of diluted cleaner will cover approximately 1,000 square feet of surface area.
STEP 2: Working in one smaller area at a time, saturate with the diluted cleaner and allow it to stand on the surface for 30-60 seconds. DO NOT allow the cleaner to dry or evaporate before scrubbing. Avoid cleaning in direct sunlight as the heat generated may cause the surface to dry quickly as you attempt to clean. Rinse each section thoroughly after scrubbing and before soaking the next section.
STEP 3: Using the recommended brush and extension handle, scrub using downward pressure; first scrubbing in the direction of the grain and then against the grain working the cleaner into the surface texture. DO NOT allow the treated area to dry before rinsing thoroughly as this will allow dirt residue to dry in the surface texture.
STEP 4: Rinse the treated area with clean water. For best results, dry or remove standing water with a towel or sponge mop. Then allow the deck to air dry completely. Note that any residual cleaner residue can leave a difficult to remove surface film. Always rinse thoroughly and never allow the cleaner to dry or evaporate on the surface prior to rinsing. For stubborn or missed areas, or areas where cleaner may have dried, repeat the cleaning process.