The experts at Liberon UK share a range of top tips and recommend their very own Liberon Decking Oil
We all know how lovely decking is when it's new. It provides a great focal point in the garden, and can be the perfect space for entertaining. But many of us won't be aware that to keep decking's timber looking good for as long as possible we can't simply abandon it. Over time, decking can fade and begin to look 'tired'. Weathering caused by sun and rain will not only ruin its look, but will weaken it.
You may already know that oil is fabulous for protecting wood and making it look good. But we're not talking here about the sort of oil that goes into your car or what you use in cooking or even oils that are formulated for interior woodwork. What your decking needs is – funnily enough – called 'Decking Oil'. This type of oil has been developed specifically to withstand the demands that sun and rain can make on wood.
However, it's not enough to choose just any Decking Oil since there is a big difference in quality between the worst and the best. Liberon Decking Oil is formulated to penetrate deep into the wood. It is highly water-resistant with UV filters to prevent fading, and will help to restore colour and beauty to decking that's already weathered.
Liberon's Marketing Manager, Richard Bradley, comments: "We'd recommend applying one or two coats of Decking Oil once a year as routine maintenance. On high traffic areas re-apply one or two coats as and when required. As oil brings out the natural colours of timber, it’s a good idea to try the decking oil on a separate piece of wood before you begin the job so that you can see what the finished effect will look like. Another tip is to select one, such as Liberon's that you can also use on fences, garden sheds or gates to make your money go further."
1. Ensure the surface is clean, dry and free from previous finishes and dust. Lightly sand new wood and clean old wood. Liberon's Tough Deck Clean & Revive product is ideal for this.
2. Stir the oil well before use. Apply a generous coat of Liberon Decking Oil with a paintbrush or roller. Allow the oil to penetrate for 15 to 30 minutes, then apply a second coat without waiting for the first to dry. Continue to apply more coats until the timber no longer absorbs the oil. Wipe any excess with a lint-free cotton cloth and allow to dry for 24 to 48 hours before using the decking.
Liberon Decking Oil is available in a choice of Clear, Medium Oak and Teak finishes and comes in two tin sizes: 2.5l or 5l. For further information on Liberon and the company’s extensive range of woodcare products, visit www.liberon.co.uk.
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