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How to Clean a Wood Fence?

If you have a wood fence, it can be an attractive addition to your yard, but it can also get dirty and dull if not cleaned regularly. In addition, if you live in an area with hot, humid weather, mold and mildew can grow on the fence and taint its appearance. Keeping your fence clean is essential to maintaining its beauty and durability, so we’ve created this guide to help you keep it looking beautiful! 

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Understanding What Is Making Your Fence Dirty

First, you need to identify the source of the dirt. This is an important step, because it will determine what type of cleaning solution you need to use. If the source of your dirt is outside or in the rain, then you may be able to clean it with a garden hose, although this method will not remove all of the grime that can collect on a wooden fence. 

Regardless of what the source of your fence’s dirt is, you can clean it with a garden hose and a pressure washer. However, be careful to not overspray your fence or damage it with the water pressure. 

A pressure washer can be very abrasive, and even if you don’t use it, you should still be cautious when handling your fence. It can easily chip or break the surface of your fence, and even the grass around it. 

You can also try using a scrub brush to remove dirt and grime from the surface of your fence. Be sure to use a soft-bristled brush so that it won’t damage your fence. 

Alternatively, you could try using vinegar or a mixture of vinegar and baking soda to remove stains like mildew and hard water from your fence. These cleaners are a lot safer than chemicals, but you should still be extremely careful when using them on your fence and the surrounding plants. 

If your fence is stained with water stains, then you will need to apply the cleaner and let it sit for a few minutes before rinsing it off. Rinsing it off quickly can cause the water to seep into your fence and cause further staining. 

Another way to remove stains from your fence is to mix a solution of bleach and water. This will remove stains like mold and mildew from the fence and help it look as good as new again. 

The only problem with using a bleach solution on your fence is that it could kill the plants and other vegetation growing around it. To avoid this, it is best to protect the plants and shrubs that grow around your fence by covering them with plastic tarps. 

Once your fence has been treated and cleaned, you can then seal it with a fence stain that will help it to resist the harsh elements for years to come. A fence stain will also help to repel insects, preventing them from invading your yard and eating away at the wood of your fence.