We've all seen it before, sun and rain wreaking havoc on a wood fence until it is soft and grey, and all of the boards and nails are loose. Sun breaks down the surface fibers, causing the wood to weaken and turn gray.1 Rain causes the wood to swell excessively, eventually leading to the breakdown of the internal fibers and the loosening of nails and boards. Fence cleaning with a power washer is the best preventative action you can take against these types of issues.
* regular pressure washing, staining and sealing can prevent these problems
Regular fence cleaning and sealing will keep your fence sturdy, free of algae and mold, and looking good. Keeping a fence clean and sealed will not only save you time and money down the road, but it can also save a few trees. Before you seal a fence, however, it is important to prepare properly with a thorough fence cleaning.
This is important because cleaning a fence prior to sealing it:
- Eliminates dirt, mildew, mold, and algae
- Opens the pores of the wood
- Balances the pores of the wood so that the sealer bonds to each fiber
Choosing the right cleaner for fence cleaning is not as easy as you might think.
Cleaners that contain bleach can discolor your fence, cleaners that contain acid can also be harmful to plants, and many Ph neutral cleaners are just plain ineffective. Wood fence cleaning effectively without killing your plants can be achieved by using a cleaner with a biodegradable additive. Environmentally friendly commercial-grade pressure washer cleaners are natural, consumer-friendly and a lot more effective. These products will serve as a cleaner and a brightener. If you are dealing with petroleum or oil on your fence, scrubbing the surface with deck brushes can help remove those tough stains.