Tips For Cleaning Fences
By Jim Ames
Cleaning fences is a tedious work especially when lots of dirt
and grime have accumulated on the posts. Wooden fences, in
particular, are most often exposed to direct sunlight daily and
may be filled with tree leaves, bird droppings, soil and other
stains. So let's cut to the chase with some cleaning tips.
Power Washer Prep
First rent, borrow or buy an affordable pressure power washer.
Search for these online, in the yellow pages and by calling
around local hardware stores.
Note for beginners at this, while using one for cleaning
fences, you should maintain certain distance from the pressure
washer. And before you start cleaning, wet and cover all your
plants and other outdoor things you want to keep safe and dry.
Ensure proper protection has been given to your eyes with
protective eye wear. And ready a floor brush or rotating brush
for cleaning the outer surfaces of your fence.
In the pressure washer unit, adjust the nozzle first. And then
prepare the washing detergent according to the instructions
given by the manufacturer.
Make sure the pressure washer states that it is able to
effectively remove dust, oil etc. (some don't have as strong a
spray, but most commercial types should).
Before cleaning your fence, read through the general
instructions below first, printing them out for handy reference.
Note: For safety, ensure that there are no other electrical
appliances nearby during use of your power washer.
Cleaning Your Fence with a Power Washer
If you have a wooden fence, then preserving the natural color
of the wood is essential while cleaning. Over-application of
detergents will spoil the natural color and life of the wood. So
cleaning without disturbing the original color of the wood is
Cleaning wooden fences include two steps. You have to clean the
fencing and remove the stains from the posts and slats with
household detergent and bleaching that will be effective to some
extent. But for tough stains on wooden fences, you can use
chemicals such as Tri sodium phosphate. (Check with your local
hardware store for correct usage in your area).
Pressure washers can do a great job in cleaning wooden fences.
But remember too much of pressure may cause breaking the wooden
fence. So find a smaller machine with a wide fan to offer you
When you apply cleaner or brightener in wooden fence, rinse it
thoroughly within 15 minutes. Otherwise the chemical can spoil
your fence. Note that bleaching agents can reduce the natural
color of your fence. Non bleaching agents can clean the fence
without damaging the wood; they remove stains and dirt gently
yet are environment friendly and do not harm your plants and
Applying cleaner and light pressure. Then rinse the fencing
completely with the power washer. Note that heavy pressure may
damage the fence.
Power Washing Tips
- Usually power washers come with various tips and adjustable
nozzles. You should use the correct nozzle spray so that water
from the machine will not damage the fence.
- You should not use hot water in your power washer for leaning
- You should always keep the pressure washer at certain
distance; otherwise, the close contact can leave strip marks,
and your fence will look uneven.
- Ensure that all the mold spores have been completely removed
from the fence.