Before getting started with fence cleaning, it is important to know that whenever you are in doubt, you should consult a professional about what you should and shouldn’t do. You may even be more comfortable with having the fence professionally cleaned.
It is especially important to clean the fence before it is stained. Again, you can opt for professional services to take care of this if you are not sure you are going to be able to properly stain the fence. Then again, you may be great at cleaning and staining fences. Some people are just naturals at it.
Those that don’t clean their fences regularly or haven’t had their wood fences cleaned at all may find that moss, dirt, mold, and grease that has accumulated over time. If you are going to stain the fence, you have to remove these materials or the stain is not going to apply well or even look right.
If you have a pressure washer, you can clean your fence with the light setting. If the pressure washer is set too high, it can damage the fence. Many people throughout Minneapolis, St. Paul, and around the Twin Cities have attempted pressure washing and cracked a board or post. Fortunately, there are fence repair services that can rectify this.
So be very careful when pressure washing.
If you frequent the home improvement stores, there are some chemicals there made specifically for wood fencing and decks. You can scope out these chemicals. If you are not sure what will work, you can call your fence installation company to ask them what will fare best with your wood.
Not every wood type is going to take the same cleaner, so make sure you are aware of the type of wood your fence is made of.
You also want to take the following into consideration:
- Mixing chemicals can be very dangerous, so make sure you know that you are mixing two chemicals that can safely be mixed. If they aren’t safe, you may have quite the science experiment in your yard or you may find yourself in the emergency room.
- Use gloves when cleaning your fence. This protects your hands from chemicals and any harmful substances you may be removing from your fence.
- Wear goggles to protect your eyes. You don’t want chemicals splashing back. If you are using a pressure washer, you don’t want any debris hitting you in the eyes.
- If using chemicals, it can also pay to wear a face mask in case there are any fumes that could irritate mucus membranes.
- If staining, make sure you use the proper stain and materials so that you are not having to re-stain before you should.
Be as safe as possible and, again, you always have fence professionals at your disposal when you need additional help, have questions, or just need someone to do the cleaning for you. If you have someone doing it for you, you can save time and effort and you know that it is done the way you need it to be done.