Posted on Auguest 5, 2009 by John
Need a checklist for regular
maintenance on your playground? Whether your playground is new or
old, you need to regularly maintain the elements, surfaces, and stay
on top of changes in the field.
Checklists, starting on page
43. General maintenance, surfacing, security of hardware, routine
inspection, etc. http://www.cpsc.gov/CPSCPUB/PUBS/325.pdf
National Recreation and Park
Association. Standards and guidelines, inspection kits and resources,
CPSI forms and documents, playground related
US Consumer Product Safety
Commission: Playground Safety Publications. http://www.cpsc.gov/cpscpub/pubs/playpubs.html
Certified Playground Safety
Inspector Program (CPSI). http://www.nrpa.org/CPSI/
Below are suggested recommendations
for specific cleaning issues on the Composite decking:
Keep the deck clean by sweeping to remove dirt and debris. If
necessary, mild soap and warm water can be used with a scrub brush to
gently remove stubborn spots.
As with all products containing wood, tannin stains can occur.
ChoiceDek products should be allowed to weather naturally for about
12 weeks before these stains are addressed. Using a deck brightener
containing oxalic acid should remove these spots. For specific
product recommendations please contact ChoiceDek Customer Service at
Oil and Grease Stains
(including lotions and candle wax)
Household degreasing agents, such as Dawn dishwashing detergent,
should be used to remove the oil and grease stain as soon as the
stain is noticed. Be sure to thoroughly rinse the detergent off the
deck with hot water. If the stain sits for more than a few hours the
most effective method of removing it is with an oil stain remover
such as Pour-N-Restore.
Based on our testing the most effective cleaner for quickly removing
mold stains is Olympic Premium Deck Cleaner. Please
note that Olympic Deck Cleaner is a bleach based cleaner and may
temporarily lighten the surface appearance. After cleaning, for long
lasting results use Spray and Forget as an
inhibitor. Spray and Forget can also be used as
a cleaner in situations where instant results are not needed. Please
note that Spray and Forget is a non-bleach cleaner that will not
lighten the deck. Please refer to Mold and Mildew Cleaning for more
information on mold removal.
You can use a pressure washer to clean the decking. Always use a fan
tip blade with no more than 1300 PSI, and do not apply closer than
8-10" from the deck surface. Doing so may cause damage to the surface
of the decking.
Scratches or Surface
Markings of this type on your deck should fade within 12-16 weeks of
installation. Using a deck wash containing hypochlorite (bleach) can
speed this process up after natural weathering has
Rust stains / stubborn
A cleaner containing oxalic acid, commonly known as deck brighteners,
can be used to remove these stains. In order to achieve desired
results, the cleaner may need to sit on the stain for up to 15
minutes prior to rinsing. For specific product recommendations please
contact ChoiceDek Customer Service at 800-951-5117.
Removing Ice or
Calcium chloride or rock salt can be used to remove ice from
*Follow all package directions for
proper usage, safety precautions and disposal. In some cases more
stubborn stains will require reapplying cleaners until the desired
level of cleanliness is achieved. At times, brushing the deck with a
hard bristle brush may be necessary to remove any stubborn staining.
Remember to always test chosen cleaners in a small inconspicuous area
of your deck for approved results. Never mix any other cleaners
(ammonia, phosphoric acid, etc.) with bleach.