Having a fence around your property may seem like the most natural things in the world; it is practically like having a tree in your yard. Even so, fences do need some maintenance now and then (as do trees,) and fall and spring are great times to do it. If you need to know how to clean a fence, here’s your guide to any of the four main types of fencing materials in Maryland.
How to Clean a Wood Fence
You can either clean a wood fence with a pressure washer or by hand. If you want to clean it with a pressure washer (a.k.a. power washer,) prep your fence by rinsing it down with a hose. This will help loosen the grime. To get out the toughest ingrained dirt, scrub the fence with a wire brush and an applicable chemical, store-bought or homemade. Then, set your pressure washer to 1,500-2,000 PSI at most and spray your fence in continuous, even strokes.
If you want to wash it by hand, prep the fence by rinsing and scrubbing it with a wire brush. Then you can wash it with water plus oxygenated bleach, vinegar and baking soda, chlorine bleach, or a little dish soap.
How to Clean a Vinyl Fence
A vinyl fence tends to be less porous than wood and is known for its durability. To clean your vinyl fence, you can start by rinsing it with a hose. Then, you can either wash it by hand with a non-abrasive tool or with a power washer. With a vinyl fence, you can go up to 2,000-2,800 PSI.
What chemical should you use, if any? You can try to wash it without any detergent, but for tougher stains, your choices include a little dish soap, bleach, vinegar and baking soda, and a commercial vinyl fence cleaner. It all depends on how tough your fence stains are.
How to Clean a Composite Fence
Cleaning a composite fence is very similar to cleaning a vinyl fence. Rinse it down with water, and use a non-abrasive scrub brush or sponge. Rub your cleaning chemical of choice with the grain of the composite fence. Alternatively, you can use a pressure washer and use caution when choosing your PSI.
How to Clean an Aluminum Fence
Use a sponge to apply warm, soapy water on your aluminum fence or gate. Be sure to rinse the soapy water off, since dried-on dish soap can damage the aluminum fence. If you live near a body of saltwater, you can rinse your fence more regularly to wash off salt deposits.
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