IPE requires periodic application of a wood finish every so often. Much more so then 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 for the stain and or premature coating fading.
The Best IPE Deck Cleaners are cleaners that contains the active ingredient called Sodium Per-carbonate 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 Per-carbonate 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:
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.