We explain how to maintain an IPE deck so that it keeps its rich color. We have discussed IPE deck maintenance before but wanted to provide an update on Brian’s 4 year old Deck.
Annual Ipe deck maintenance is a two step process – Clean and then Oil
Step 1 – Cleaning your Ipe deck
You will clean your Ipe deck with the following mixture
You can reduce the bleach (cut in half) if you do not have mold or darkened old oil finish.
Use a deck scrub brush to apply the cleaning solution, let it soak in and scrub a bit more. You can rinse with a garden hose or with a pressure washer. A pressure washer will reduce the time you spend with the scrub brush but you run the risk of damaging the deck with too much pressure.
You must give you deck a really good rinse. You don’t want any residual soap.
Let the deck dry for a couple days.
Step 2 – Oil your Ipe Deck
Oiling the deck will bring back the color, make the wood grain ‘pop’ and make it look really awesome gain.
Handyguy Brian has tried a few different products. The product used in this video is from Penofin.
Handyguy Brian has also used “Ipe Oil”
You can apply the oil with a brush, roller or sprayer. Brian like a large brush that can attach to a pole so he can avoid bending over.
Follow the manufactures directions. You oil then wipe off extra within about 30 minutes. if its hot or you are in direct sun it may be less than 30 mins. Do not let the extra oil get tacky or dry, wipe it off.
Thanks for watching and enjoy your deck! Remember, this clean/oil process will be yearly if you want your Ipe deck to not look gray.