Alright, let’s get down to brass tacks. You want to know how to effectively clean your fence? We’ll help you out, whether you’ve gotten your fence installed or repaired by TNS Fence in the past or not. Read on if you’d like some expert guidance!
Wood Fence Cleaning
For all you new homeowners out there, if you are also the proud owner of a wood fence, we need to inform you that your fence needs to be cleaned, sealed, and stained every so often. This helps the fence from chipping, cracking, warping, cupping, and the like. Our Texas sun can be unforgiving, so it’s important to do what we can to prolong the lifespan of wood fences. Our recommendation is to power wash your wood fence once every year.
But before you get to the power washing, you’ll want to get yourself some formulated fence or deck cleaner. Follow whatever process the manufacturer recommends, and let the cleaner settle in for somewhere in the ballpark of 30 minutes.
Once it’s rested, you can move onto pressure washing. But in order to keep your wood from getting damaged, make sure your pressure washer is rated at no more than 2,700 PSI (pounds per square inch, in case you were curious). You also want to use a wide angle tip, which is around 40 degrees. Make sure your tip is at least a foot away from the fence while you are washing as well, and be sure to never stop moving the wand while you are washing. Too much high-pressure water applied to the same area can damage the fence, so let’s avoid that.
Vinyl Fence Cleaning
Before we talk about cleaning a vinyl fence, we feel compelled to make sure all you vinyl fence owners out there don’t make some basic mistakes. First, make sure you don’t paint a vinyl fence. Don’t have a grill next to your fence, don’t hang heavy objects on your fence, and don’t screw anything into your vinyl fence, as it might cancel out the warranty you have on your new fence. Just our two cents on the matter…
To clean a vinyl fence, you’ll need a soft cloth rag or two, a soft scrub brush, a water hose, and some vinyl fence cleaning solution mixed with water in a five-gallon bucket. For all you vinyl fence owners, the good news is that cleaning your fence is pretty much as simple as it gets. It might take a bit of extra effort to get some caked-on marks completely removed, but the vinyl is a durable material which can take a bit of elbow grease from those that clean it. It’s best to clean your vinyl fence a two to three times a year to keep it looking spick and span the whole year round!
The most common material-culprits of dirtying vinyl fences are grass stains and dirt. All you really need to do is spray the entire fence with your trusty water hose, and then scrub the obstinate areas that won’t be cleaned with water alone. Of course, for an ideal clean, we recommend scrubbing the entire fence down with your vinyl fence cleaning solution, although soapy water will do the trick almost just as well.
Again, this isn’t rocket science. Get your soft cloth rag wet with your solution, and simply wipe the necessary areas down until they are no longer dirty. Once you are all done, rinse clean with your hose and let it air dry! See? There’s nothing to it. Now go lay down on your porch and take a nap for the rest of the afternoon, you’ve earned it!
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In a future post, we’ll discuss mending and repairing fences. But we hope today’s post served as a good start for new fence owners! Looking for custom residential design and installation? Check. How about cost-effective commercial fencing solutions? Double check. From iron-wrought gates to farm and ranch fencing, we’ve got you covered. We’ll respond to your inquiry the same business day you contact us, so give us a call to get your free and quick estimate today.