How to clean a wooden fence

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Whether you already have wooden fencing in your garden or you’re thinking of installing it, you may be wondering how to keep it clean. Regular cleaning is essential not just for keeping fencing looking its best but for preventing damage and extending its lifespan. Read on to find out how to clean a wooden fence.

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The good news is that cleaning a wooden fence isn’t generally a very difficult task. However, it does require some effort and time. The level of difficulty can vary depending on factors such as the size of the fence, its condition, and how dirty it is. The right tools and approach can make cleaning a wooden fence manageable for most people. Keep reading to learn how to clean a wooden fence. 

  • Gather cleaning supplies. This should include a garden hose with a spray nozzle, a stiff-bristled brush or a scrub brush, a bucket, and a mild detergent or a specialised fence cleaner. You should also make sure you have protective gear such as safety glasses and gloves. 
  • Remove any debris. You should start the cleaning process by removing any loose debris from the fence, such as dirt, leaves or cobwebs. You can do this by sweeping the surface of the wood with a brush or broom. 
  • Pre-Rinse: Pre-rinse the fence using a garden hose with a spray nozzle. Thoroughly wet the wood, starting at the top and working your way down. This will help to loosen the dirt and prepare the surface for cleaning.
  • Prepare the cleaning solution. Mix a mild detergent or fence cleaner with water in a bucket, making sure you pay attention to the manufacturer’s instructions. If you prefer, you could create a homemade solution using a mix of water and bleach or water and vinegar. 
  • Scrub the fence. Dip a stiff-bristled or scrubbing brush into the cleaning solution and then scrub the fence panels, beginning at the top and working downwards. Applying moderate pressure should allow you to remove most dirt, stains and mildew. Pay greater attention to any areas that are heavily soiled or spots with mould or algae growth. 

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  • Rinse thoroughly. Once you’ve scrubbed the fence, rinse off the cleaning solution and any residue thoroughly using a garden hose. Make sure all the soap is fully washed away. This is important since leaving residue on the wood can lead to it becoming discoloured or damaged.
  • Treat stubborn stains. If there are any stubborn stains or marks that remain after you’ve cleaned the fence, you may want to treat them using a specialised wood clean. Alternatively, you could gently sand down the area. 
  • Allow the fence to dry: After rinsing the fence, allow it to air dry completely. This could take a few hours or even longer, depending on what the weather is like. Avoid applying stains or sealants to the fence until the wood is fully dry. 

If you’re still not sure how to clean your wooden fencing and need more detailed guidance, don’t hesitate to contact our team who will be happy to advise you. 

Consider staining or sealing your wooden fence

You may want to consider staining or sealing your wooden fence. Applying a wood stain or sealer can protect and improve the appearance of the fence, keeping it looking its best for longer. Staining enhances the wood’s natural beauty by adding colour and highlighting the grain patterns, giving the fence a far more finished and aesthetically pleasing look. Some stains contain UV protection, which can help to prevent fading and colour degradation caused by exposure to the sun over time. 

Sealing adds a protective barrier to the wood, helping to prevent moisture penetration, rot, and insect damage. It can also help to reduce warping, splitting, and various other forms of deterioration. Sealed fences tend to be better at resisting weathering and wear, making them a lot more durable over time. If you do decide to stain or seal your wooden fence, make sure you follow the manufacturer’s instructions for the specific product you choose.

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Buy wooden fencing in Birmingham 

Now you know how to clean a wooden fence, you may be looking to order one for your garden or grounds. If so, look no further than RTC Fencing – one of the leading suppliers of wooden fencing in Birmingham and the surrounding areas. We supply and install various types of wooden fencing, including closeboard fencing and panel fencing. All our wooden fencing is constructed to the highest standards, ensuring it looks and functions brilliantly and stands the test of time.  

Closeboard fencing

Closeboard fencing, which is also known as feather edge fencing, is a popular type of fencing that’s commonly used for security, privacy and boundary purposes. It is constructed using vertical boards that are overlapped and secured to horizontal rails. This creates a solid and robust barrier. 

Panel fencing

Panel fencing is a type of fencing that’s made from pre-assembled panels. These panels are normally constructed from wood, however, they can also be made from metal, vinyl, or composite materials. They are designed to be installed between fence posts in order to create a complete fence structure. Panel fencing has a consistent and uniform look that lends itself well to many residential and commercial outdoor spaces. It’s also very durable and low maintenance, which means it doesn’t take much to keep it looking attractive over time. 

Contact us 

To order high-quality wooden fencing in Birmingham, get in touch with our team today. You can reach us by calling 0800 086 2517 or by sending us a message through the website. We are on hand to discuss your needs with you and provide you with a competitive quote for the fencing you require.  

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