The Future of Composite Decking Technology is constantly changing and so are composite decks because of consumers desire for this product. So composite decking was created. Composites are usually smooth with a wood grain type of texture, and will not splinter and are comfortable on bare feet. Maintenance is easy too and can resemble the look of tropical hardwood. Other choices of decking other than wood, are plastic and vinyl decking. All decks need periodic maintenance and cleaning. Consult the instructions of the manufacturer as to what you can do and not do to maintain your deck properly. Pressure washing is usually permissible to keep your composite decking clean. Deck cleaners are also useful for getting rid of muddy footprints. General maintenance includes weekly sweeping of your deck. Especially sweep the deck during pollen seasons, because pollen creates a surface film and can allow mildew to grow on that surface. If your deck is attacked by mildew, you can use any one of several cleaners specifically made to eradicate the problem. You can use bleach and dishwasher detergent in warm water to remove small black mildew spots.