IPE requires periodic application of a wood finish every so often. Much more so than a normal wood such as Cedar or Pine. When reapplying a stain or finish to IPE you will need to prep the wood first by removing dirt, grime, mold, etc. Failure to prep the IPE properly will result in a poor appearance of the stain and or premature coating fading.

 

The Best IPE Deck Cleaners are cleaners that contain the active ingredient called Sodium Percarbonate or better known as Oxygenated Bleach. Theses cleaners are extremely effective at removing all kinds of surface contaminants. They will remove general grime, mold, algae, etc. Sodium Percarbonate deck cleaners come in powdered formulas that contain additional surfactants that are designed to work specifically exterior wood.

Our favorite IPE Deck Cleaners in order:

  1. Restore-A-Deck Kits
  2. Defy Wood Cleaner
  3. Messmers Part A

IPE is a great wood and looks absolutely beautiful when stained. Problem is that you will need to reapply every 9-12 months. Using a deck cleaner that works the best will make the chore of reapplication easier and more effective.

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    sandy · 06/01/2020
    My deck is getting stainer soon. My painter wants to power wash it first (6 months old deck) vs the deck cleaner. Will this work or not?
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      The Sealer Store · 06/01/2020
      Use a deck cleaner while pressure washing and then brighten the wood after.
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    Chad · 04/25/2020
    What would cause the following water pool stains ? We used IPE oil approximately a month ago
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      The Sealer Store · 04/25/2020
      That is mineral deposits from water drying on the stain. Nothng you can do about that. Should wipe off.
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    Shelly · 04/25/2020
    Will the aforemetioned deck cleaners have an adverse affect/stain/remove color from composite products? We have a tigerwood deck with composite sides. I assume it would be best to not have hte cleaners touch the composite, but this is nearly impossible -
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    ACG · 07/07/2019
    I have a partial footprint on a new IPE deck from suns screen. How do I remove?
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    Lynn Zuckerman · 05/26/2019
    ,I have an ipe deck that was treated with oil several years ago. It needs cleaned. If I use restore a deck products, do I need stripper 1st, then what? brightener or brightener and cleaner? Also, can the stripper be applied with a power washer? If not, how?
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      The Sealer Store · 05/27/2019
      Use the stripper (apply with pump sprayer) and then pressure wash off. Brightener after.
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    Jake · 05/19/2019
    Purchased a house with an IPE deck that was not cleaned/maintained for quite a few years. We like the grey appearance but there is a considerable amount of mold buildup. Best way to remove the mold and clean and keep the grey? Thanks for any help!
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      The Sealer Store · 05/19/2019
      It is not possible to clean off the mildew and keep the gray. The gray is oxidation and will come off when you clean off the mildew.
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    Josh · 05/16/2019
    I have an cumaru deck (similar to Ipe). We used lemon oil to remove scuff marks and now have lemon oil stains. What should I do to remove the stains?
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      The Sealer Store · 05/16/2019
      Sorry but no idea as to what or anything will remove this.
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        Joshua · 05/16/2019
        Is it worth trying the IPE deck cleaner kit? This is after all an oil stain.
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          The Sealer Store · 05/16/2019
          Cleaners will not remove oil stains.
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            jimmy · 05/28/2019
            dish soap and light scrub in the centralized area and then re-apply oil?
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    Daniel F. Conaty · 05/07/2019
    A raccoon carried fried chicken scraps onto our Ipe deck, then rolled all over the greasy chicken causing grease stains. How do I remove the grease stains from the wood?
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      The Sealer Store · 05/07/2019
      Sorry but no idea on this one. Might need to be sanded off.
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    Burt Taggart · 01/10/2019
    Is there a product that will bring about the grey faded color of ipe in a faster way than sun exposure?
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    Cyndy · 08/24/2018
    our screened in porch has IPE tongue and groove flooring. I was oiled before it was installed. We are getting ready to apply a new coat of IPE oil after 3 years. Our porch is covered and only the outer edges are fading. Do we nee to clean the entire floor (16X19) or can we just do the outer edges. We are concerned that it will be noticeable if we do this. Also, when cleaning the IPE wood we are using a mixer of water, bleach and TSP. Do we need to worry about making sure that the cleaner is completely off the flooring before oiling. Since the wood is tongue an groove and has a sub flooring we worry about the amount of water it would take to clean the flooring.
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    Andrea · 08/19/2018
    Ok can you please confirm that I have my steps correct?
    This is for a failed clear coat on Ipe with mold.
    1) stain remover
    2) wood brighter
    3) sand down splintered areas
    4) use oil ipe deck stain

    I know you state yearly maintenance is required is that include stripping stain as well?


    Thanks so much!
    Andrea
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      The Sealer Store · 08/20/2018
      Your steps are correct. Clean and brighten when time to reapply.
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    Alexander M. · 06/14/2018
    I have a 3 year old ipe deck that I've cleaned and oiled yearly. this spring I noticed that some of the decking has turned black and wont come clean with a soft pass of the power washer. I'm reluctant to use more pressure because of the potential for damage and streaking from the nozzle. I've also used some cleaners but have not gotten the results I want. Does anyone have any suggestions?
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    Aaron · 05/28/2018
    Can you clean the deck with these products, bring out some of the original color, but not have to re-seal or re-oil the Ipe? Will this product strip the wood too much and it needs to be resealed/oiled?


    We like the greying, but need it clean. If some of the color comes back, we are good with that, but we dont wish to make this an annual thing. The amount of deck we have and the intricacy of the stairs and design will just take too long each year and its not worth it in Seattle rainy winter weather.
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      The Sealer Store · 05/28/2018
      These products are for prepping when you plan on restaining. It will remove the gray.
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    James Smith · 10/15/2017
    I have a one year old ipe deck that is now greying and I want to restore to its original color. What cleaner product should I use to clean and remove the greying and will applying the Ipe Oil after it dries maintain the color. I understand that I will need to go through the process each year.

    Thanks
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    The Sealer Store · 06/13/2014
    Sorry but no it is not possible to clean without removing the graying wood cells.
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    Michael Reeves · 06/12/2014
    Hello,

    We are about ready to clean our IPE Deck at a hotel in Honolulu. First I would like to say that we like the graying in our IPE Deck and do not want to disturb the color. Do you have a product that will clean and not restore the color. As I mentioned the graying is mainly from the UV. We will not be pressure washing just applying the product and deck brushing and hosing. Do one of your products help with grease and dirt? I look forward to your response.

    Aloha,

    Michael Reeves
    Vice President & COO
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    Don Woolverton · 09/16/2012
    We sanded & applied Cabots Austrialian timber oil, looks awful very spotty. What should I use to remove the timber oil? The stains are deep I sanded one board & re stained it. It looks a lot better.
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    The Sealer Store · 08/06/2012
    The only way to fix would be to use a stain stripper followed by a wood brightener.
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    Bea · 08/06/2012
    Hi! Our ipe deck is 4 yrs old. More than a yr ago we decided to pressure wash it, and after that we applied cabot marine oil. The stain has faded now. But the problem is the streaks left after uneven pressure wash. Will Messmers brightner help before applying a coat of Messmers UV Plus? We are staying away this time from pressure washing the deck.Thanks.
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    The Sealer Store · 07/16/2012
    This is a water stain in the IPE. Not an easy fix as it is deep in the wood. A wood brightener may work.