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Cali Bamboo’s Laura demonstrates how to use two common products: deck cleaner and deck brightener. The best decks are ones that get tons of use and are fully enjoyed. We hope your bamboo composite deck sees many good times and many parties — even if this means a bit of clean-up afterward. Here are some general cleaning tips for keeping your deck looking good as new for years to come.

Using Composite Deck Brightener

A deck brightener can be used to keep your composite deck looking like new. An oxalic acid-based cleaning product like Cabot Wood Brightener or Olympic Premium Deck Cleaner can help remove stains. Try to do general cleaning in the Spring and Fall. (This is to clean-up after winter snows and summer BBQs!). Remember that these products are meant to be diluted in a bucket with water first. Read the manufacturer’s guide for mixing and test it on an inconspicuous area of your deck beforehand to make sure it doesn’t stain.

First, spray the area off with a hose to get rid of all surface debris. Spread your cleaning mixture around with a push broom and scrub it into the deck. Then, let the mixture sit for about 15 minutes before rinsing with water. For more stubborn residue you may also use warm, soapy water and a soft-bristle brush. Regular Dawn dish soap works well. Be sure to rinse the soap away with fresh water when you’re done.

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