Our way to a better world
Cleaning decks methods
There are several techniques for maintaining a deck. The most common are high-pressure water (which can damage the wood fibres) or chemicals to dissolve and eradicate mould (which spreads in the soil and pollutes the environment).
Water is precious.
The water problem is serious worldwide, and NZ faces various issues, including a new record-breaking drought in 2019 / 2020. How human activities consume or pollute this resource is decisive for the well-being of humanity and the natural balance.
A study of water use in Auckland found that people typically use between 140 and 170 litres of water a day. For a 40 m2 deck, the average size, our method saves about three times the amount of water/day/person or three days of water needed per person!
Please note in some case's/project's we may have to use water if the substrate is more damage than initially thought.
Chemicals can enter your environment from many different sources by moving through air, soil, and water. There are three essential exposure pathways: inhalation into the air we breathe, ingestion with the food we eat and the water we drink, and skin contact.
You know it very well: most of the chemicals used to clean decks are toxic for you, your family, pets, plants and wildlife. Our method reduces any chemicals used!
The environment is a severe matter to deck refresh. Our kids will all live on the same planet; let’s take care of it.
So yes, it would be easier to use water pressure or bleach to clean your deck, but we chose the old fashion style: hard work!
Our method doesn’t damage your wood and doesn’t hurt your ecosystem. We manually remove all the dirt, fungus, and marks of stain or discolouration by gently brushing your timber. Then we oil or stain your deck to give it the style you want and increase its longevity!
Sustainable practices are at the heart of our business. Therefore, we are always trying to find some good, locally made and eco-friendly products.
Because words are not enough
As part of our commitment to the environment, deck refresh has decided to plant a native tree under the name of all our new customers.
A community-based planting project in Aotearoa will plant every gift tree.
It's good for New Zealand's ecosystems, waterways, biodiversity, land, and people!
You are the change: make it happen!