Our experience is if it gets wet, it becomes very slick. Tracking snow in on it can make it dangerous. Deck boards can be washed with a hose or treated with bleach if needed. You can get a deck wash that keeps it looking new, but not as high class as carpet.
I ended up taking the carpet off of my deck. It was very hard to keep clean - fir needles, dog hair, etc stuck to it. In one place I had even put the carpet there because when frost hit the uncovered deck it was very slippery. I am leaning toward painting, then putting on area rugs of carpet so I can walk across it on a frosty day without worrying about it being so slick. I don't have snow here much, but imagine if there was, then carpet wouldn't be much help on the slippery part either.
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