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Getting Your Deck Ready For Summer - Step 1: Clean and Revive

Getting Your Deck Ready For Summer - Step 1: Clean and Revive

Sam Mitchell
Decking Cleaners and Revivers are perfect for cleaning off dirty, mouldy and algae covered decking boards. They are also great for removing old decking oil, prior to applying a new finish. This is the idea preparation for applying a Decking Oil, Stain or Paint increase the lifetime of the finish.
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HARD WAX OILS - WHAT ARE THEY AND WHY SHOULD I USE ONE?

HARD WAX OILS - WHAT ARE THEY AND WHY SHOULD I USE ONE?

Mike Yiend

Hard Wax Oils are a blend of natural oils and waxes that provide a hard wearing finish to internal woodwork and will not peel or flake. Their ease of application and durability makes them a popular choice for flooring as the finish is robust enough to withstand foot traffic in a domestic setting. They are also compliant with the EN71 safety standard for use on children’s toys and are resistant to the typical spillages that might occur around the house. Hard Wax Oils don’t need priming before use and can be applied (thinly!) with a brush or cloth. Once dry, they will leave...

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Decking… Smooth or Grooved?

Decking… Smooth or Grooved?

Mike Yiend

The best way to address this question would be to think about how the deck will be used.    If it’s likely that wheelchairs, prams or pushchairs will be used on the deck then smooth boards would be preferable as they would simply be more comfortable for the user.   For anyone wearing heeled shoes, smooth boards would also be a better choice as grooved decks can be much more tricky to navigate.  This also heightens the risk of damage to the boards, not to mention the shoes!   If the deck is often used for barbecues or outdoor eating...

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WAX POLISHES - WHICH SHOULD I USE?

WAX POLISHES - WHICH SHOULD I USE?

Mike Yiend

There are so many different ones out there - how do I know which one is best for my job? Let’s go through them and it will hopefully then make sense!  First of all, an explanation of a term that will be repeated throughout this piece: Sealed Wood Sealed wood refers to a surface that has either been waxed previously or has been treated with a sanding sealer.   The porosity of wood can vary across it’s surface so the application of a sanding sealer to sanded bare wood will provide a consistent base for waxing and avoid the possibility...

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CARING FOR YOUR STONE FLOOR

CARING FOR YOUR STONE FLOOR

Mike Yiend

( 5 MINUTE READ ) So, what’s the best way to keep your stone, slate or terracotta floor looking good throughout the year? There are various options available, depending on the final finish you hope to achieve. The first step is to make sure the surface is clean. For this, use Liberon Stone Floor Cleaner. For normal cleaning simply dilute to a 25% solution in warm water and mop or sponge onto the surface. It will need 10 to 15 minutes to work on the surface and then rinse several times with clean warm water. For more stubborn stains this...

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WINTER’S COMING - WHAT CAN I DO TO PROTECT MY DECKING?

WINTER’S COMING - WHAT CAN I DO TO PROTECT MY DECKING?

Mike Yiend

( 5 MINUTE READ ) The answer is…if you haven’t treated it over the summer then possibly not that much!  However, there are still some things you can do. Most decking treatments need to be applied in dry, warm conditions so the “decking season” typically runs from spring to late summer.  In cooler conditions (below 10 degrees C) many products cannot be applied, so routine maintenance is best done during the “season”.  Typically these products will have an optimum working temperature range, often between 15-25 degrees C. Attempting to apply decking finishes to a wet deck or in cool /...

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