Revitalise your wooden fence with our quick and easy cleaning tips
For garden lovers, your outdoor space is a point of pride.
People work tirelessly to maintain their lawns, tidy up flower beds and trim overgrown hedges to ensure that their gardens are always in the best condition possible.
However, one key element that is often overlooked during this garden maintenance is our fencing.
Acting as an elegant border for your garden and helping to maintain privacy, wooden fence panels are constantly subjected to the outdoor elements and can also be affected by both rot and insects, meaning that over time, they can look a little worse for wear.
The idea of cleaning your fencing panels may seem daunting, but not to worry, we have put together the quickest and easiest ways to clean your wood fence panels and leave them looking revitalised.
Pressure washers are ideal for stubborn grime build up and moss that may be sullying the appearance of your fence. When you are pressure washing your fence, preparation is key. First thing is setting your machine to between 500 and 800 PSI to avoid cracking or over saturation. Next you should cover any plants or garden furniture that sit close to your fence with a drop cloth or plastic sheet for protection. When everything is covered, use a broom or brush to remove any loose debris before you begin washing. The next step is to divide your fence into manageable sections and then working from top to bottom and left to right, apply your chosen wood cleaning solution. After letting the solution work for 5-10 minutes, change the nozzle on your pressure washer and begin rinsing until all of the fence cleaning solution has been removed and the water runs clear. Once cleaned, your fence may take 24-48 hours to dry, at which point you may be able to spot any dust or debris that survived the pressure washer and tackle these spots accordingly.
A Simple Alternative
For those that don’t have a pressure washer, a simple combination of vinegar and dish soap (washing up liquid) can be ideal for fences that aren’t as dirty, but still require a freshening up.
A common staple for kitchen cleaning, vinegar and dish soap can be equally as effective for refreshing your wooden fence panels.
Similar to using a pressure washer, you’ll want to protect nearby plants or garden furniture and then use a brush or a broom to remove any larger pieces of dirt or debris.
You’ll then need white vinegar, dish soap and water, in a spray bottle, mix one part white vinegar with two parts water and a few drops of dish soap.
This mixture is strong enough to remove mould and dirt but not harsh enough to damage your fence panels.
Target the problem areas of your fence with the spray solution, ensuring an even coverage before allowing it to work its magic for 10-15 minutes, this period allows the solution to break down grime.
Finally, with a soft bristled brush or sponge, scrub away the vinegar and dish soap solution and you should notice that the mould and dirt has been lifted away.
Finally, give your fence a rinse with some water to remove any remaining cleaning solution.
The Finishing Touch
Whether you choose a total pressure wash or a light refresh with the soap and vinegar solution, once you have finished cleaning your fence completely, and it’s had a couple of days to dry, use a good quality wood preserver or stain to cover the whole fence.
Use a brush or roller, begin applying the wood preserver, following the grain of the fence to ensure maximum absorption.
Also, remember to pay particular attention to corners or cracks where moisture would tend to sit.
By adding this extra protection, your wooden fence panels will be able to better withstand weather exposure and be protected from mould, rot and a build up of dirt.
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In some instances, older wooden fencing may have deteriorated beyond the point of cleaning or repair and may require a complete replacement.
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