Wood Fence Cleaning
Is your beautiful fence turning grey? Covered with mildew? Mold? Algae?
Time for a good cleaning. Soft and or pressure washing?
To get started, Cover/protect your plants and shrubs from damage by covering with a plastic tarp and cover the tarp with an absorbable second layer of protection (Old sheets) to prevent any of the cleaning liquid(s) from soaking through. Additional needed supplies are a large bucket, Chlorine bleach, garden hose with sprayer attachment, mild soap, stiff bristle brush. Protective eyewear rubber gloves and long sleeves are highly recommended. Safety first. Spray your cleaning mixture onto the fence then scrub down the fence giving extra elbow grease to areas heavily discolored. Once you’ve eliminated the stains, follow up with a thorough spraying down of the fence. Let fence dry. Once dry, check carefully for any damage, loose screws/nails and sandpaper any rough spots. This would be a good time to seal/stain your fence which we will discuss in a future blog.
Another cleaning method is soft washing your fence. (High) pressure washing can damage your fence. Low pressure only. Cover and protect plants and shrubs – and yourself – as above. Chemicals to do this job may be used in place of vinegar and are available at any supply store. TSP, Tri Sodium Phosphate is a commonly used chemical, but take extra care when using or mixing with bleach. Extra care should be taken, no matter which chemical is used and don’t forget to wear protective eyewear, gloves and be sure to cover any exposed skin. A TSP and bleach pre -mixed solution can be purchased, along with renting a sprayer. Renting a sprayer will save you the time and effort of doing the fence by hand. When applying the cleaner, be sure the fence is dry and remember, LOW pressure. Once the fence is sprayed, let the cleaner “Work” for a few minutes. Them scrub down the fence giving extra attention to the badly discolored areas. Rinse fence thoroughly with plain water using your garden hose.
Switch out your absorb-able materials (Sheets) covering your plastic drop cloths as they become saturated. You don’t want runoff from the cleaning liquids getting near your vegetation. Remember, chlorine bleach, TSP etc., are chemicals. Please be careful.
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3/28/2019 10:01:48 am
I agree there is a lot of cleaning that can be done to a wood fence, but if it's infested with mold sometimes it just makes more sense to replace the whole fence. The softening of wood over time will continue
7/15/2020 11:20:40 pm
Great post indeed!! This is really a helpful and informative post for
6/6/2021 08:26:38 pm
There are particular sorts of grime that force washing will not eliminate. Some you should scour off before power washing and some you should eliminate thereafter. Before you power wash your wood fence, take a wire brush and delicately scour off built up on grime like mud. It's particularly imperative to be delicate when you have a painted fence on the grounds that the wire brush may harm the paint.
6/6/2021 08:27:10 pm
It's imperative to be cautious when pressing factor washing a wood fence so you don't harm it. You need to utilize a pressing factor washer with a psi that is no higher than 1500-2000. Likewise, it's a smart thought to add a tip to the pressing factor washer that will fan out the water. A 25-degree tip is a decent decision.
9/4/2021 12:46:26 am
Power washers are as aggressive as a fence cleaner. They will remove the wood as well as clean it of dirt and grime, but you can also destroy the wood too deeply and ruin it. It is important to use the correct sprayer tip and technique. I learned new information from your article. Thank You.
11/15/2021 12:30:55 am
Very useful information, thank you. Around one week ago, I was sitting out in my yard and I watched the pressure washing was carried out by my neighbor near nashua new hampshire. It made me realize that extra care should be taken along with chemical materials and tools but i didn't have such care. I often hire local maintainance contractors that can help me get the job done right but now thanks to your post, i will further look for good tips and techniques related to this topic so i could conduct my DIY service
3/8/2022 12:09:53 pm
I loved how you suggested soft washing the fence! My husband and I are wanting to look into hiring a fencing contractor to install a wooden fence in our backyard in a couple of weeks, and I want to make sure that I know how to keep it maintained. I'll make sure to keep these tips in mind once we get a wooden fence built for our backyard!
5/31/2022 07:48:30 am
Thank you for explaining when it's time to clean your fence. I've been noticing that our fence is looking a little more rough these days. I'll be sure to follow your advice to get our fence cleaned and looking like new.
11/1/2022 02:12:33 am
Nice topic! I will share this with my family and friends.
11/23/2022 12:34:43 pm
I appreciated you pointing out that high-pressure washing can impair your fence. My friend wants a long-lasting fence for their house. I should advise him to hire a fence builder with vast experience in the field.
12/27/2022 01:56:21 pm
I'm glad you mentioned the algae growing on the fence. My fence hasn't been cleaned in over 10 years. I'll have to have someone come out and do a deep clean.
2/2/2023 09:45:51 am
Thank you for sharing this.
5/1/2023 08:14:26 pm
It makes sense that so many individuals nowadays are careful about the chemicals they use in and around their houses. Use natural things from your kitchen instead of harsh chemicals if you'd like, but be prepared to clean much more thoroughly! How to clean a wooden fence naturally without pressure washing may be accomplished using vinegar and baking soda. Baking soda is abrasive, so it helps scrape off dirt, and vinegar is a moderate acid, making it effective for eliminating mildew and mold. Once more, go panel by panel and rinse as you go to prevent the filth you scrape off from returning.
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