Cleaning an Ipe wood deck is easier than traditional softwood decks that are built with woods like pressure treated and cedar.
When it comes to wood decks most people think of all the maintenance that is required for a softwood deck.
The good news is Ipe is one of the most durable hardwoods available and requires much less maintenance than softwoods.
In this blog post, we’ll guide you through the steps to clean your Ipe deck using a power washer and DeckWise cleaner, ensuring it remains a stunning feature of your outdoor space.
Step 1: Prepare the Area
Safety First: Before you begin, make sure to wear protective gear such as goggles and gloves. Power washers can be powerful, and it’s essential to protect yourself.
Clear the Deck: Remove all furniture, grills, and decorative items from the deck. This ensures you have unobstructed access to the entire surface.
Step 2: Choose the Right Power Washer
Selecting a Power Washer: For Ipe decks, it’s important to use a power washer with the appropriate pressure settings. Ipe is a hard wood, but using too much pressure can still damage the surface. A washer with a rating of around 1500-2000 PSI is ideal.
Use the Correct Nozzle: A wider fan nozzle is often recommended as it disperses the pressure over a larger area, reducing the risk of damaging the wood. Always choose the widest angle pressure washer tip.
Step 3: Rinse the Deck
Initial Rinse: Start by rinsing the deck with water to remove loose dirt and debris. Keep the nozzle moving and maintain a consistent distance from the deck to avoid uneven cleaning.
Step 4: Apply DeckWise Cleaner
Preparing the Cleaner: Follow the instructions on the DeckWise cleaner packaging. Typically, you’ll need to dilute the cleaner with water.
Application: Apply the cleaner evenly across the deck using a sprayer or a brush. Allow it to sit for the recommended time as per the cleaner’s instructions to effectively loosen dirt and grime.
Step 5: Power Wash the Deck
Gentle Washing: Begin power washing the deck, keeping the nozzle at least 8-10 inches away from the surface. Move in the direction of the wood grain to achieve the best results.
Consistency is Key: Ensure you maintain a consistent distance and pressure to avoid streaking or damaging the wood.
Rotary Surface Cleaner: Using a rotary surface cleaner attachment on your power washer can give you more consistent results without streaking. They can also clean up to 20 inches wide at a time which greatly reduces the amount of time spent and reduces fatigue.
Step 6: Rinse and Repeat if Necessary
Rinse Thoroughly: After power washing, rinse the deck with plain water to remove any remaining cleaner or loosened dirt.
Tough Stains: For stubborn stains, you may need to repeat the cleaning process or use a soft-bristle brush for spot cleaning.
Step 7: Dry and Inspect
Allow to Dry: Let your deck dry completely. This may take a full day, depending on the weather and humidity.
Inspect the Deck: Once dry, inspect the deck for any missed spots or areas that may need additional cleaning.
Step 8: Maintenance Tips
Regular Cleaning: Regular maintenance can prevent the buildup of dirt and reduce the need for frequent deep cleaning.
Ipe Oil Application: Consider applying Ipe Oil to protect the Ipe wood from UV rays and maintain its color and durability.
Avoid Harsh Chemicals: Stick to cleaners specifically designed for Ipe wood, as harsh chemicals can damage the wood fibers.
Cleaning your Ipe deck with a power washer and DeckWise cleaner is an effective way to keep it looking its best. Remember to use the equipment carefully and follow the cleaner’s instructions for the best results. With regular maintenance, your Ipe deck can remain a beautiful and durable part of your outdoor living space for years to come.