When it comes to fence cleaning, there are many ways that you can do this job the wrong way. It is important to know which fence cleaning techniques will work and which ones won’t. You need to keep in mind that fence cleaning is not a one-size-fits-all. What works for fences in Phoenix won’t necessarily work for fence posts in Fargo, so it’s important to know what your specific needs are before you start.
For example, if you’re looking at fence stains like grime and mildew on wooden fence surfaces that have been there a while then you should use the bleach trick! There are different techniques to wash different fence surfaces, so make sure you know what your fence needs.
Fence Cleaning Done Right
In this blog post, we’ll cover how to clean the fence and posts themselves as well as other tricky areas like electric wires, gates, and getting rid of pesky weeds that have found their way through fence slats.
Clean a Wood Fence by Sweeping the Dirt Off Of It
Dirt and grime can build up on fence posts, blocking the fence from doing its job. Make sure you’re cleaning off your fence’s top surface by brushing it down with a broom and then sweeping dirt or sand off of it to keep weeds at bay. It is important that fence posts are clean on the top and bottom, so also be sure to sweep away any sand or dirt from fence post bottoms.
Use Water to Scrub Away Moss Buildup
Moss can start growing on fences after they’ve been left to the forces of nature for a while. This is an issue because moss will eventually block fence slats and make it hard to see anything on the other side of your fence. Brush down those fence posts with water, then use some kind of scrubbing device (we recommend using something like a Scotch-Brite Scrubber Pad) to get rid of that.
Brush the Dirt Off With a Wire Brush
You need to use a wire brush to get the dirt off. Wire brushes are cheap and easy to find, but be sure you have a cleaning solution on hand before using it! You can use bleaching water to wash off the fence, then apply cleaning solution and scrub.
We recommend using electric power washers for fence post brushing. Power washing will ensure that your fence is extra clean!
Use a Pressure Washer on the Wood Rails
Use a pressure washer to clean all surfaces that are not visible from ground level. You can get a fence cleaning kit that has everything you need to do this job right. Pressure washing can really get the job done.
You should use fence cleaner before applying pressure on wood rails. Use the power washer as per instructions, but be sure not to apply too much pressure.
Use a Mixture of Water & Bleach as a Fence Cleaner
Clean your fence with a fence cleaner that is made of part bleach and part water. You can mix it up in a spray bottle at home. Oxygenated bleach can also get you the same results. Apply the cleaner and let it sit, then use a bristle brush with even strokes to clean the fence thoroughly. Wood fences demand extreme care, so be sure to be extra careful when getting rid of plants or algae.
After you clean all of the dirt off, use some sort of fence sealant to keep wood rails looking nice for years to come. Use paint or stain so that when rain hits your fence it doesn’t damage it.
Rinse With Cold Water after Cleaning
Rinse the fence cleaner off with cold water after you have applied it. Make sure that the fence is completely clean before rinsing so that dirt doesn’t come back out and onto your fence.
You can also use vinegar to wash away residue from cleaning products, as long as they’re not bleach-based or acid-based cleaners like chlorine bleach.
Some Tips for Getting Fence Cleaning Right
There are many ways to get your fence cleaned, you can even hire a professional to do it for you. Here are some tips that might help you.
- Hire professionals to do fence cleaning with a pressure washer – but don’t forget about the safety precautions.
- Clean fence rails and posts at least once per year. This will help keep them in good condition for many years into the future.
- Find out what your fence is made of so that you can use the relevant cleaner. Some fence materials are porous and need a different type of cleaner than others.
- If you want to extend the life of your wood fence, use paint or sealant at least once every two years.
- Choose a natural soap that is designed for your fence type instead of harsh chemicals.
- Build fence cleaning into your regular home maintenance routine so that you don’t forget about it. This will help get the fence sparkling clean and looking great!
Fences should be cleaned at least twice per year to maintain their appearance, and for some fences, this frequency may require more attention than others. You need to be vigilant in fence cleaning to avoid it becoming a neglected chore.
Harsh weather and the area’s soil will affect how often you need to clean your fence, but in general two times per year is recommended for most fence types.
This frequency of fence cleaning also depends on what type of wood was used – some woods require more frequent maintenance than others because they have a more delicate structure. Use a sponge for such fences and make sure to cover all directions.
Some Final thoughts
Mold grows, dirt sticks and stains remain. You cannot fight against nature’s forces but the best way is to keep regular maintenance checks. Wear gloves when using any chemical or power tools to avoid damaging skin with harmful substances, oils, etc. This is also important because some chemicals can cause severe allergic reactions. Search for signs of decay both on the surface and the inside of your fence.
“Always consult the fence’s manufacturer for the recommended cleaning procedures and frequency.”
We’ve outlined a few of the most common mistakes that people make when it comes to fence cleaning, but there are many more. It’s important to know which techniques will work and which won’t if you want your fences looking their best for years to come. For professional advice on how to keep your property looking great with minimal effort, contact Chris’s Pressure Washing today!