Cleaning Tips to Keep Different Fence Styles Looking Fancy
Spring is just a month away, which means it’s time to start thinking about all the spring cleaning projects we need to tackle. One piece of property that is sure to require attention is your fence. Hopefully your fence has done a good job of protecting your property throughout the winter, but the constant exposure to the elements will have certainly left it dirty. In fact, discoloration from caked-on dirt and grime might even make it appear like an entirely different fence. But a thorough fence cleaning is about more than just curb appeal; it helps protect the fence material and preserve the structural integrity. Since not all fence styles are created equal, here’s what you need to know about cleaning wood, vinyl, and aluminum fences.
Wood Fence Styles
Start by inspecting the fence. Look for mold or mildew growth, as well as warping, cracking, or other damage. Make sure the fence posts are secure in the ground. Once you’ve highlighted any problem areas it’s time to begin with the cleaning. Before you begin, spread a tarp under the fence to protect the grass from chemicals that will be used in the cleaning process. Spray it with a garden hose to loosen dirt and grime, but first use a wire brush to clean off any thick accumulations.
Many people use a pressure washer to the clean wood fences. This is a fine approach, but never use high pressure or hot water; and hiring a company specializing in pressure washing services is recommended. Cleaning by hand is a longer process, but it is preferred by homeowners who want to give their fence the best cleaning possible. Whether you use bleach, a commercial cleaning agent, or an all-natural product like vinegar, the approach is similar. Apply the cleaner, let it soak for several minutes, scrub it with a bristle brush, and then rinse thoroughly with a garden hose.
Vinyl Fence Styles
Many people opt for vinyl fences because of the limited amount of maintenance, but they, too, should be cleaned after winter. Vinyl fences tend to get dirty quickly, especially when located near a road where they’re sprayed by snowplows and passing traffic. First, remove loose dirt by spraying it with a hose. Because vinyl is easier to clean, a simple solution of vinegar or dish detergent usually does the trick. Wipe the cleaner onto the fence with a sponge or rag and then rinse once the dirt is gone.
Aluminum Fence Styles
Also famously low-maintenance, aluminum fence styles only require cleaning around once a year, and spring is the perfect time for it. Simply rinse it with a hose, and for any caked-on dirt, just wipe with warm soapy water using a cloth or soft brush to avoid scratching the surface. The trick with cleaning aluminum fences is to rinse it regularly. Letting the soap dry on the metal could damage the fence’s protective coating.
While cleaning your fence this spring, don’t forget to carefully examine it for any damage that may have occurred over the winter. Mildew or mold on a wood fence may lead to wood rot. Depending upon the material, you may notice warping, rusting, cracking, sloping, or even structural failure. If this happens, don’t worry; Excel Fencing & Decking has your back. Our seasoned fence installation experts can quickly and effectively fix any problem, and we’re only a phone call away!