Do you have a wood fence that looks like it has seen better days? If so, you're going to want to clean it. Here are some tips for power washing your wood fence so that you do it the right way.
Select The Right Power Washing Tip
A power washer comes with several types of tips that you can use on the machine, and they make a big difference in how the power washer sprays. The key to using a power washer on wood is to use a low-pressure tip so that you avoid causing damage to the wood. Be aware that a larger hole in the tip is going to distribute the water over a wider area, which uses less pressure. This is one instance when less pressure is best because wood is soft and can be easily damaged.
In addition, a more powerful tip is going to cause you to see start and stop lines on the fence as you move the water over it.
Pre-rinse The Fence
It's important to start off by pre-rinsing your fence so that it gets wet before you begin. This will help get off the debris that is on the fence and get the cleaner closer to the surface of the wood. Pre-rinsing also helps prevent the cleaner from getting trapped in the boards.
Apply And Rinse The Chemicals
You'll want to mix the chemicals for cleaning the fence in a pump sprayer. There are two chemicals you should consider applying to the fence, which are a wood stripper and a wood brightener. It is a good idea to apply the chemicals to your fence by starting at the bottom of a section of wood and working your way up. When you go to rinse the chemicals off, start at the top and work your way down. This will help ensure that you get all of the chemicals out of the wood as you go.
Always start by applying the wood stripper to the fence. If the fence is especially dirty with algae growth, give the entire fence an additional coat or two of the wood stripper. Then rinse off the wood stripper completely from the fence. You can then follow it up with the wood brightener.
A wood fence is relatively easy to maintain if you have the right tools for the job. Reach out to a fencing contractor for more info about cleaning your wood fence.