How To Clean Your Vinyl Sundeck

Vinyl sundecks are virtually maintenance free, but like anything outdoors, they need periodic cleaning to stay looking their best.

Here are Citywide Sundecks’ tips on when and how to clean your vinyl sundeck:

Seasonal cleaning

To keep your vinyl sundeck spic and span, clean it once per season. For general cleaning, use soap and water. First, clear the deck of furniture and any other items. Next, wet the whole deck surface down. Lightly scrub the vinyl with a stiff broom and a dish soap solution. The soap and water solution should be similar to what you would use to wash dishes. When you’ve scrubbed all over the deck, make sure any gutters and drains are clear before rinsing the deck.

Deep cleaning your vinyl sundeck

If basic soap and water just aren’t cutting it, there are a few other go-to cleaners that’ll get your vinyl sundeck looking like new.

Fantastik spray cleaner is useful for tough stains like motor oil, coffee, crayon, and makeup. Cascade Powdered Dishwasher Detergent also works well. Before using a cleaner, lightly scrape or wipe off any excess material. Wet the area, apply the cleaner, and scrub with medium pressure to remove the spot, then rinse. When you use either of these products on your vinyl deck, ensure they’re not left to sit or dry on your deck, as they may cause damage. Always rinse thoroughly after cleaning.

Duradek Vinyl Cleaner is a specially formulated cleaner for vinyl surfaces. It can be used in place of soap and water for a light to medium cleaning that won’t leave residue behind. You can order Duradek Vinyl Cleaner by contacting Duradek headquarters in Surrey, BC.

Ammonia mixed with water at a ratio of 1 tablespoon to 1 quart is an excellent first line of defense against mildew or wet leaf stains. Ammonia is also helpful with tough stains such as yellow mustard or permanent marker, in combination with Fantastik spray cleaner.

Naval Jelly applied with water on rust stains will quickly clear up any rust spots.

Rub-on citrus based hand cleaner is a sellar cleaner for fresh (not dried) urethane caulking. First, scrape off any excess caulking, then wait 5 minutes after applying the cleaner before rubbing it off and rinsing with water. 

Note: Certain substances such as suntan lotions, wet leaves, cedar, permanent markers and others contain dyes that permanently stain vinyl. Clean your deck promptly after exposure to these items for best results.


Power washing your vinyl sundeck

Yes, you can powerwash your vinyl sundeck! Power washing can remove dirt and debris, but it’s not recommended for removing embedded stains.

To avoid damage to your vinyl, set the psi at 1500 (max), and hold the nozzle one foot from the deck surface. Couple the power washing with soap and water for the best cleaning.

Be very careful at the seams, railing attachment, caulking, and house trim. Avoid spraying directly on these more delicate areas to protect the membrane integrity.


How NOT to clean your vinyl sundeck

Vinyl is highly durable, but with improper cleaning practices you can still cause damage. Avoid these mistakes to keep your deck in ship shape. Don’t clean…

All at once – Test an unseen area of vinyl before cleaning a stain in the middle of your deck. Start in a corner or where furniture hides the deck to ensure there is no damage or discolouration from the product.

Without rinsing – All cleaning methods must be followed by a thorough rinse with water. Leaving chemicals on the vinyl deck surface to dry can cause damage.

In direct sunlight – baking cleaning product into your vinyl sundeck is not a good idea. Keep the deck wet and create shade while cleaning, whenever possible.

With whatever’s under the sink – You can’t use just anything to clean vinyl. Certain household cleaners, powdered abrasives, steel wool and industrial cleaners can cause damage and discoloration. Dry cleaning fluids and lacquer thinner/solvents will remove the printed pattern and gloss on the vinyl decking. Waxes may also cause permanent damage. Stick to the recommendations here.

With whatever’s in the shed – A soft to stiff plastic brush or broom is best for cleaning your vinyl. Never use a metal-tipped shovel or other metal tools as they can pierce or rip the vinyl.

Infrequently – Vinyl will last decades with just a little TLC. Clean your deck seasonally and always clean it immediately after spills and fallen leaves to avoid staining.


If cleaning isn’t cutting it, it’s time to replace your vinyl deck. Citywide Sundecks and Railings is Metro Vancouver’s vinyl decking expert.

Fill out the form below or call 604-SUN-DECK for a free quote.



These tips were adapted from Duradek’s Care and Cleaning Guide.

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  • “Paul and his team are wonderful to work with. Our high expectations and unusual detailed challenges were met with enthusiasm. Another job well done.”

    – Drew, Billingsley Construction

  • “My wife and I were very happy with Citywide’s work on our sundeck. Their crew was very professional, courteous and efficient, and completed the work exactly as they said they would. When I pointed out a minor error in their work on our house siding, they immediately acknowledged the issue and corrected it with no argument. We would definitely recommend Citywide to our family, friends and anyone else that needs their decks re-surfaced. Thanks Paul / Citywide!”

    Doug and Audrey – Burnaby

  • “Citywide is a professional company to work with regarding our deck project.  Very reliable, timely results and good customer service. We are very satisfied with the outcome.”

    Karl G – Vancouver

  • “I would recommend Citywide for roofing repairs and Vinyl decks. I appreciated the personalized service and efficient workers. Thanks Paul.”

    Tony W. – Vancouver

  • My experience with Paul and his Citywide Sundeck crew has been nothing but positive. They are on time and completely professional and able to offer solutions to complicated waterproofing challenges.

    Joe C. – Vancouver

  • I’m a general contractor in the lower mainland. I contacted Paul to help us re-vinyl a deck that used to be fiberglass. GREAT customer service, the job was professionally done by 2 of his crew members. When I called 4 other companies to look at the job, no one came or called back. Paul was attentive to our needs & was able to squeeze us in with a 2-3 day lead time.   Thank you so much for your consistent attention to detail, professionalism, & continuous strive for quality.

    Steve – New Westminster

  • Hard working and respectful crew. Deck turned out great. I would recommend Citywide to others who are considering building or replacing their deck.

    Vito – North Vancouver

  • Two years ago we hired Citywide to renovate our sundeck and back porch. We were very happy with the results and we are enjoying them every day. Last month we had them renovate our front stairs and walkway. The result exceeded our expectation. Now our front entrance looks good enough to welcome a queen! I like Paul’s workers they are friendly and able. Also, Paul is one of the most organized and punctual people I have ever known. We have had a lot of problems with tradesmen in the past. It’s nice to know Paul for a change.

    Sadako – Burnaby

  • I had Citywide Sundecks replace the 28 year old Duradeck sheeting with the similar material on my sundeck. The job was completed in one and a half days to my complete satisfaction. The deck looks like new with all the joints and seams glued and heat treated to ensure maximum waterproofing. Stainless steel screws were used throughout in reinstalling the original aluminum railings and stairs to ensure longevity and improved appearances. When the job was completed the installers cleaned up the work site. I was impressed and pleased with this Citywide crew. They were professional.

    Stephen – Richmond

  • We had our hot tub and sundeck replaced this summer. Citywide Sundecks did a wonderful job of the vinyl deck. The installation was complicated by the fact that the hot tub was sunk into the deck and the glass railings had to be removed and replaced. The job was done in a timely manner with great efficiency. We truly appreciated the skill of the workmanship, the attention to detail and the concern for aesthetics.

    McBride – Coquitlam

  • Paul and his team did excellent work with attention to detail. The work was done quickly and we are very happy with the result.

    Lora – North Vancouver

  • Great service and a fair price for the work. Delivered on all their promises and even did a nice job cleaning up. I would definitely recommend them.

    R. B. – Vancouver

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    A. R. – Vancouver

  • We were very surprised when we were told that they were able to start working on the project within a week of us signing our contract. We were kept updated of progress and appreciated being contacted by Paul to see how they were doing and if we had any questions. The work was completed quickly and efficiently. The fellows who did the work were friendly and cleaned up after they had finished for the day. We were very happy and have referred them to our friends.

    Courtland C. – Delta

  • Paul and his crew were hired to rebuild a terrible deck that was built last year. Citywide Sundecks isn’t the cheapest, but they did the job right and on time, and it comes with a 10 year warranty. We should have gone with hie the first time around.

    Job P. – Surrey

  • Paul and his crew did a great job of taking care of us. We had to replace a deck and deal with some water issues above and below the deck, all which was behind the stucco. This work has been completed and we are very happy. Paul and the crew kept me informed throughout. They were very easy to deal with and answered all my questions as the work progressed. All this was done at what I thought was a fair price.

    Andy Stephens. – Surrey

  • Very happy with our Duradek job.  It was installed exactly as discussed and Paul made sure that we were completely satisfied.

    Rene B. – Vancouver

  • We are very pleased with the restoration project completed by Citywide Sundecks and Railings during the summer of 2015. The beautiful new sundeck was rebuilt in a very professional manner and the installed aluminum railings were a real upgrade on our original wooden ones. We are so glad that we contracted CWS as they were terrific to deal with and they provided quality work from start to finish.

    Bruce & Loreen S. – Richmond

  • I live in Prince George and contacted Paul at Citywide Sundecks to enquire about installing Duradek at my 85-year-old mother’s house in New Westminster. Paul kept us informed every step of the way. His crew was professional and hard working. They completed the job as agreed and ahead of schedule, even throwing in a few extras for my mum at no cost! My mother was very pleased with the outcome and happy to be enjoying her new deck.

    Leanne M. – Prince George

  • We were in a rush to get our sundeck stairs repaired. Paul was very accommodating and had the stairs replaced very quickly. The quality of work was excellent! I would highly recommend Citywide Sundecks.

    Linda & Rob M. – Delta


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