Smooth decking, the cause and the solution
- 08 Feb, 2021
After a rain shower, your wooden deck is as smooth as an ice rink. In this article you can read the cause and the solution for your slippery decking. And that solution is easier than you think!
You often see wooden decking around swimming pools, at ponds and as a terrace. These decking are often made of Douglas wood or hardwood. The Douglas wood variant in particular can quickly become slippery when wet. This is of course life-threatening, but it is also easy to prevent.
The cause of a slippery decking
A wet wooden board is not slippery by itself, so the moisture does not cause the slipperiness directly. The problem mainly arises because algae settle just below and on the wood. These algae adhere poorly to the wood, creating a smooth layer. Algae develop more easily in shady places because moisture remains longer. Decking in the shade will therefore become slippery faster than decking in full sun. In addition, leaves are important food for the algae. So if leaves remain on the deck, the deck will also become slippery faster.
Make smooth decking non-slip
A smooth decking is quite easy to make stiff by thoroughly removing the algae. You do that easily and, for example cheap with cleaning vinegar. Simply scrubbing with a scrub brush and a solution of white vinegar in water is sufficient. Just rinse with a garden hose or high-pressure sprayer and the algae is gone, the deck is rough again.
Keep your decking stiff
It is more important to know how the algae stays away and your decking remains rough. For this, Pro Fluid has developed an industrial product that is now also available to consumers: Pro Fluid Care 103. This product works on porous stone types and on all types of wood. The PF Care 103 the algae works from the inside out. Wood and stone will remain clean for a long time, usually even several years. You do not have to repeat this treatment every time.
Deck out two years after treatment
Here the result two years after treating a deck. As you can see, the wood stays clean from algae growth.