Floating Dock Maintenance 101: Tips and Tricks to Keep Your Dock in Top Shape

For waterfront property owners, a floating dock is not just an addition; it's a transformative feature that enhances the beauty, utility, and value of their space. At Tommy Docks, we understand the importance of maintaining your floating dock to ensure it remains a durable, safe, and attractive part of your waterfront for years to come. In this comprehensive guide, we'll walk you through essential maintenance tips and tricks that are key to keeping your dock in top shape.

Understand Your Floating Dock

Before diving into maintenance practices, it's crucial to understand the type of floating dock you have. Our pre-fabricated (prefab) floating dock kits are designed with durability and ease of maintenance in mind. However, environmental factors such as water type (saltwater vs. freshwater), climate, and local wildlife can affect your maintenance strategy.

Regular Inspection

Routine inspections are the cornerstone of floating dock maintenance. At least twice a year, conduct a thorough check for any signs of wear, damage, or loose components. Pay special attention to:

  • Dock floats: Ensure they are not taking on water and are securely attached.
  • Decking material: Look for any warping, cracking, or rotting, in your decking material, especially if your dock uses wood decking.
  • Fasteners and connectors: Check for rust or corrosion on metal parts and tighten any loose bolts or screws.

Cleaning Your Dock

Keeping your dock clean not only maintains its appearance but also prevents the buildup of harmful substances that can degrade materials over time. Here's how to effectively clean your floating dock:

  • Rinse the dock surface with fresh water to remove salt residue, algae, and debris.
  • Use a mild soap and a soft-bristled brush for a more thorough cleaning, especially on non-slip surfaces to maintain their grip.
  • Avoid using harsh chemicals or pressure washers that can damage the dock's surface or the aquatic ecosystem.

Protecting Against the Elements

Environmental elements can take a toll on your floating dock. Here are proactive steps to protect it:

  • Apply a UV protectant on plastic and composite parts to prevent sun damage.
  • Seal wood decking annually with a high-quality waterproof sealer to ward off rot and decay.
  • Consider anti-corrosion coatings for metal components, especially in saltwater environments.

Seasonal Care

If you're in a region with harsh winters, seasonal care is vital:

  • Remove your dock if ice forms in your area, as the expansion and movement can cause significant damage.
  • Store removable parts like ladders and bumpers in a dry, sheltered place to prevent winter damage.

Do's and Don'ts For Floating Dock Maintenance

To keep things straightforward, here's a quick list of do's and don'ts for floating dock maintenance:


  • Regularly inspect your dock for any signs of wear or damage.
  • Clean your dock gently but thoroughly to avoid slipping hazards.
  • Apply protective coatings and sealants as needed.


  • Ignore small issues, as they can quickly become major problems.
  • Use harsh chemicals that can damage the dock or harm the water ecosystem.
  • Forget to adjust the dock's anchoring system as water levels change.

The Perfect Floating Dock With TommyDocks

Maintaining your floating dock is an ongoing process that, when done correctly, extends its life and enhances your waterfront experience. 

By following these tips and tricks, you can ensure that your Tommy Docks floating dock remains a safe, beautiful, and functional asset to your property. Remember, a little maintenance goes a long way in preserving the value and enjoyment of your waterfront investment.

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