Over time your wood fence is bound to get dirty and stained. Weather conditions, lawn mowing, and living with children and pets can cause dirt, mud, and other forms of debris to layer on your fence. If you don’t clean your fence from time to time mold and mildew can form. It’s something no homeowner wants to deal with.
Remove Stubborn Dirt/Grime with A Wire Brush
When the dirt and grime aren’t washed off periodically they can become baked onto the surface and very difficult to remove. If you don’t already own one, a wire brush will help you to remove stubborn stains and dirt that have been on your fence for a long time. Be firm but careful with the wire brush: if you scrub too roughly you may ruin the finish/paint on your fence.
Use Your Garden Hose for Surface Blemishes
Before using a power washer (see the next point) use your garden hose to remove surface blemishes like dirt, mud, grass, animal droppings, etc. Typical garden hose nozzles don’t produce extraordinary pressure so the water won’t damage the surface of your fence.
Power Wash It
Stains tend to be very stubborn and removing them can be a chore. Buying or renting the right power washer is a good solution. 3000+ psi power washers are too strong and can damage the surface of your fence; choose one between 1,500-2,000 psi for the best and safest results. We recommend using a tip on the end of your power washer to help disperse the water across the fence. Stick with a 25° tip for optimal results.
Use Oxygenated Bleach
Oxygenated bleaching powder is tremendously effective at removing stubborn surface stains on your fence. The oxygenated bleach packaging will have instructions about how much water you should mix with the powder. Follow the directions carefully. When you’ve finished combining the two ingredients use a wide paintbrush and begin dispersing it across the fence. Patience is required to make this work: let the mixture settle on your fence for about 20 minutes before using a soft brush to remove the stains. After you’ve brushed them away use your garden hose to rinse off the rest of the mixture.
Make sure you take safety precautions while working with the bleaching powder, including using gloves and safety goggles to minimize exposure to your body.
Ask the Experts
Cleaning your fence by yourself is easy if you follow the tips listed above, but you can also reach out to local Ottawa fence companies for professional advice and solutions. An expert’s take is always helpful.