Wednesday, October 6, 2010

The Heat is On

Dark gray overcast clouds were just visible as I entered my office earlier this week. No stars, just dark. A light rain had started and it was supposed to get much worse throughout the day. The long cold slog of winter has begun. The heater clicked on in an attempt to warm the room.

We decided that the house needed a major upgrade to the sparse landscaping the builder had provided. She somehow found this fantastic company to come out to our home and propose a new plan (picture on the left). They have nearly completed the installation and we are delighted with the results.

We worked on the deck this past weekend. The potted plants were removed, hanging baskets taken down and everything cleaned and put away. I am not pleased with the maintenance required for the Trex decking. Spots. The deck faces east, warming with the morning sun and shaded in the afternoon by the house. Maybe the wet weather has not allowed it enough time to completely dry out, but the black ugly spots needed attention. Though not recommended I used a pressure washer, which helped but did not bring boards back to 'new' quality. (As I was bent over, slowly moving the pressure wand back and forth across the boards I remembered doing this task before....on the pressure treated wood I had at the last house. I bought the Trex to avoid this!) A relative suggested using some 'outdoor' grade bleach.

It just started raining again. At least it isn't snow.

1 comment:

Brittany said...

Hello, I am a representative of Trex and I came across your post. Spotting is usually a sign of mildew that originates from pollen, dirt, grass, etc. I would like to give you some of our recommendations to resolve your concern:
Clean the entire deck with a deck wash containing detergent and sodium hypochlorite, commonly known as bleach. This deck wash will lighten the wood on the surface of Trex in addition to removing the mold. To minimize lightening of darker Trex colors, dilute deck wash with 50% water. TIP: Cleaners work best when decking is completely dry.

The following brands of deck cleaners have been found to be effective in removing mold from Trex decking:
- Olympic Premium Deck Cleaner
- Expert Chemical Composite Deck Cleaner & Enhancer ( ***Follow all package directions for usage, safety and disposal. NEVER mix any other cleaners ammonia, phosphoric acid, etc.) with bleach. - Non-chlorine based alternative UltraMean can be used but will require scrubbing with a soft brush immediately after application. ( - Eco-friendly (no bleach): Corte-Clean Composite Deck Cleaner ( We do not recommend a power washer to clean the deck. Feel free to contact me with any questions or concerns at 1-800-BUY-TREX or