InnoDeck Care and Maintenance Guidelines
All exterior building materials require cleaning. InnoDeck recommends periodic cleaning with soap and water (for general dirt and debris) or a commercially available deck cleaner twice a year (for stains or mold/mildew). InnoDeck recommends always testing cleaners or other chemicals on a small, inconspicuous area to determine if they will effect the decking materials adversely. Such damage will not be covered under the warranty. For additional information, see below.
Dirt and Debris
Clean deck to remove dirt and debris. Soap and hot water is all that is needed.
Rinse the stain with hot water as soon as possible. Tough stains can be treated by widely available outdoor decking stain removers. An inconspicuous area should always be tested to check for any discoloration or other damage stemming from the use of any chemical cleaners or treatments.
Water Spots, Leaf Staining and Wood Tannins
Tannin leaching occurs naturally in InnoDeck and all wood-based products. Allow for at least
12 weeks of normal weathering. This process may be hastened through the use of a product
containing oxalic or phosphoric acid, commonly known as deck brightener.
Scuffs and Abrasions
Scuffs and abrasions can fade or disappear naturally after 12 – 16 weeks of weathering. This can also be
accelerated through use of deck brighteners.
Rust Stains, Ground-In Dirt and Grime and Pigment Staining
Rust and ground-in dirt can also be lightened or removed through the use of deck brighteners. Product may need to sit on the stain for 10 – 15 minutes before rinsing. InnoDeck recommends testing this method on a small or obscure area first.
Mold and Mildew
Semi-annual (spring and fall) cleaning of your deck is important to prevent the buildup of pollen
and other debris that can support the growth of mold. Use conventional deck washes or cleaners
that contain sodium hypochlorite.
Using a Pressure Washer
InnoDeck does not recommend the use of a pressure washer. The use of a pressure washer on deck
surface could damage the decking surface and will void the warranty with respect to any
condition or damage caused by the pressure washing.
Ice and Snow
Calcium chloride or rock salt, available in many home centers, will melt ice on InnoDeck decking. Rinse off when first practical. Use caution when removing snow or ice with a snow shovel, and never use a metal snow shovel on an InnoDeck deck. A shovel may scratch the deck, which is not covered under warranty.
InnoDeck does not recommend sanding. Sanding will change the appearance of the surface of InnoDeck material and will void the warranty with respect to any condition or damage caused by such sanding.
Note: InnoDeck does not recommend the placement of rubber or vinyl materials such as those in grill mats, rubber-backed welcome mats, vinyl or PVC potted containers, etc., on the surface of InnoDeck products for extended periods of time. Over time, additives in the rubber and PVC products have a tendency to migrate from these materials to InnoDeck products, resulting in discoloration of the surface.
Additional InnoDeck care guidelines include:
Store InnoDeck products under cover to maintain a clean surface. If stored outdoors, they must be covered with a non-translucent material. All products should be stored flat and on a dry surface.
Although all InnoDeck planks are made with low-maintenance materials, each plank’s unique features require special care and handling, ensuring lasting beauty.
To maintain the beauty of InnoDeck products please follow these important guidelines when moving and working with InnoDeck:
- Never dump InnoDeck materials when unloading.
- When carrying InnoDeck planks; carry on edge for better support.
- Do not slide planks against each other when moving them. When removing them from the unit, lift the planks and set them down.
- Do not slide tools or drag equipment across the top of the planks during construction.
- Keep the surface of the planks free of construction waste to prevent damage to the planks.
InnoDeck decking and railing products should be disposed of with normal construction debris or household waste. Do not burn InnoDeck products.