Hardwood Deck tiles require little maintenance and are very easy to care for if done right. Over time some of our woods such as Ipe
and teak will patina to a light silver color which is desirable to some (see silver Ipe photo below). However, if you would like to
maintain the color of the wood we recommend the use of a good quality oil penetrating sealer. We use Cabot Stain Australian
Timber oil (tinted sealers work better and allow for custom color control) for our own personal decks. These timber oils are easily
wiped on with a soaked rag and then wipe the excess of with a clean rag. It goes on very quickly and each 100 sq ft of deck should
take about 10 minutes to cover. We recommend oiling the deck once to twice a year depending on how much exposure you have.
You will find that after a few years of treatment the oil will have penetrated into the lumber and it will last longer.
1) Clean the deck with a broom, vaccuum or hose it off (let dry before applying the oil)
1) Soak rag in timber oil, squeeze the excess oil from the rag and wipe onto the surface of each deck tile. Do not worry about
excess dripping underneath as it will eventually dry and will not damage the sub surface. Follow moments after with a clean rag to
wipe the excess. You can do 10 sq ft at a time and move on to the next area. Wiping with the clean rag will prevent the excess oil
from drying to a tacky consistency.
4) Let dry at least 4-5 hours and try not to walk on the surface during this time. Repeat this process 2-3 times if it is the first
application after install.
Over the years the deck tiles will experience light
surface scratching from furniture, heavy pots,
umbrella stands and even dogs make scratch the
surface. The oil application above will remove all
surface scratches once applied. If the deck tiles
are badly scratched then a simple circular sander
with (120 grit) sandpaper can be applied followed
by the oil application. This process will return the
deck to like new condition even years after initial
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Important Decking Tiles maintenance facts
Our modular deck tiles have been the number one in quality and durability across the nation for over 5 years and over 10 years internationally .
Step 1 to cleaning and maintaining your deck tiles, clean the
surface with a brush broom, or if you have tree debri in the tiles a
vacuum (shop vac) or similar can be used very effectively to remove
particles that fall in between the tiles.
Step 2 to maintaining your deck tiles, After all dust and
debri has been removed gently wipe on an oil based treatment
to the tiles, using a soaked rag of oil penetrating sealer. A
large deck can be done very quickly this way. It is important to
clean up any excess oil sealer with a clean rag otherwise the
tiles will dry witha tacky consistancy
Before Deck Tile Treatment
After Deck Tile Treatment
Silver Ipe Deck TIles
What happens if left untreated?
Well most of our deck tiles will lighten to
a light silver color which is a very
desirable look to some considering
hardwood furniture or trim will match the
look. Ipe and our other hardwoods
become silver and uni-tone over time.
They do not become dark gray or an
inconsistent gray color such as the way
cedar or redwood ages.