Part of opting for a tiger wood decking is knowing how to care and maintain its rich orange color and blackish striping. Just like other exotic hardwood species, Tigerwoods will require little effort every now and then to keep them clean and strong. Over many years of exposure to the sun’s rays, this hardwood turns to lighter but beautiful shades of silver. If you want to keep your beautiful deck much longer than it is expected to, there are some things that you need to do as a responsible homeowner.
A clear sealant can be applied to the surface of the hardwood decking if you want to enjoy and extend the rich color of the ipe wood. A sealant can also protect the hardwood from spills, stains, and rainwater. On top of that, it is also a great way to keep pollen and dirt off the hardwood’s grain so its color is maintained and fading can be delayed. On the other hand, if you want to allow your deck to turn lighter as it ages, then you can skip the sealant but make sure to keep it clean regularly.
Another good way to keep the rich coloring of your tiger wood decking is to apply a colored stain to it. Just like a sealant, a stain can also offer protection against the ultraviolet rays of the sun and at the same time give more color to the hardwood. Stains are available in many different shades. You can choose a lighter shade or a darker one depending on your personal preference. You can also apply your choice of stain if you think you want to restore the rich color of your deck right after it has turned into a lighter shade. For a realistic finish, you can opt for an oil based stain which contains translucent oxide pigments.
If there’s one thing you should keep your deck clear of, it would be dirt as they can be so abrasive. And as you walk around your deck with a lot of dirt in it, you also allow them to ground in until they break through the hardwood’s finish. As a result, you might end up with a deck surface with some scratches. When it comes to cleaning your deck, you don’t really need a whole lot of cleaning agents. In fact, you will only need a rag and a dish soap to keep the surface gleaming. As soon as you see dirt accumulating around your deck, dust it off. You can also use a pail of soap and warm water to wipe any muddy footprint and spills that’s left behind.