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Over a year ago we put a good sized set of IKEA Platta deck tiles on our patio. After exposure to the elements, they are now dis-coloring and becoming a bit 'rough'.

What exactly do I need to do to get them back into shape?

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These tiles are made of Acacia wood, which is OK for outdoor use, but must be re-oiled every year.

Here is my suggestion for yearly maintenance:

  • To smooth out the roughness, hand sand with a high grit sandpaper (I would avoid using a power sander)
  • Thoroughly clean the area using a stiff bristle brush and water, with a small amount of a mild detergent soap
  • Allow the deck to dry completely
  • Apply a light coat of tung oil with a paintbrush, wait 30 minutes, and wipe the excess off with a clean cloth.
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All wood will discolor in time with exposure to the sun's UV rays.

Any reason you're not just following the instructions on the product page you linked to?

Care instructions

Treat the floor decking with oil at regular intervals in order to protect and retain the wood. Note! Make sure that it is clean and dry before being re-oiled. Location: Outdoors. Can be left outdoors all summer.

[Not tyring to be difficult, but since you didn't mention the instructions there, I figured you may have missed them.]

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Hello, I'm the type of person most comfortable in-front of a keyboard, mouse, and glowing panel/tube. As such, I'm not experienced in hte maintainance of things kept outside and wanted to be sure there weren't basic assumptions of its care that I'm unaware of. – mummey Dec 10 '10 at 1:30
@mummey, no problem at all. No offense intended. @James Van Huis's answer seems pretty reasonable to me so I'd go with that. – BQ. Dec 10 '10 at 15:04

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