Manasquan How-To Guide Series:
How to Clean and Maintain Ipe and Hardwood Decks with Ipe Oil™
Nothing beats a newly installed hardwood deck. The richness in color is a beautiful accent to any property. As with any wood, your deck boards require regular care to rejuvenate them after they inevitably begin to gray and fade.
Start your annual deck maintenance by sweeping the area clear of loose dirt. Depending on your deck board spacing, you may want to use a putty knife to clear debris from the between the boards.
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Next, use a scrub brush to wash the wood with a deck cleaning solution.
To clean dirty, gray boards, use an oxygen bleach based cleaner. Look for cleaners whose active ingredient is sodium percarbonate. It acts as a detergent paired with an oxygen based bleach. This works well on dirt, mildew and weathered wood. We like to use the Deckwise® cleaner and brightener system.
This saves your back and knees, especially if it's a large deck!
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Wait 5 to 10 minutes and wipe off excess oil. You want to remove the excess oil before it gets tacky or dry. In most cases, you will only need a single coat.
Clean your brushes and roller with paint thinner and dispose of rags safely. Lay used rags out flat to dry. Keep them out of the sun and heat.
For the complete application guide, visit Deckwise and download a copy.
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