Spring Cleaning for Your Fence in Asheville, NC
Start Outdoor Spring Cleaning
Before you clean your fence, you should grab a large trash bag and pick up any debris or trash that winter weather has left behind in your yard. Wear protective gear like gloves, pants, and closed-toed shoes to protect yourself from any loose objects that are on the ground. Once your yard is cleaned, move to your garden and remove any dead plants to make room for future plants.
The next step is to remove any dead vines or shrubs on your fence and be sure to trim the healthy ones to decrease the weight on your fence, but also keep growing them healthy. Finish around your lawn by adding fertilizer and add a layer of mulch to encourage growth and prepare your yard for summer. Return to the fence to do a little more maintenance.
Prep Your Fence for Spring
When the temperatures warm-up, the first thing to do is to inspect your fence for any weather damage. These spring cleaning tips can help you fix any damage that was caused by severe winter weather. Signs of damage include checking for any leaning, warping, or rotting fence boards. Make sure that your posts are structurally sound and the base of your posts has not deteriorated.
How To Pressure Wash Your Fence
Spring is a great time to pressure wash your fence and deck that will have it looking brand new again. A pressure washer is a machine that sprays water under high pressure to remove mold, algae, mud, and grime from surfaces and objects like buildings, fences, and driveways. You can rent, buy or hire a professional company for pressure washing projects like cleaning your fence.
If you DIY the fence project yourself, make sure to research techniques and safety guidelines when operating a pressure washer. When you begin to pressure wash your fence, use the lowest setting to prevent stripping or damage to the wood.
After you have successfully cleaned your fence, seal with a protective layer of waterproof stain and seal product. We have some helpful steps on how to pressure wash your fence.
- Power Washer
- Paint Roller
- Protective Gear
1. Prep The Power Washer
Pressure washers are aggressive fence cleaners that can strip the wood as well as clean off the dirt and grime from the posts. If you are not careful, you can easily erode the wood too deeply and ruin your fence. The key to successful pressure washing is using the right settings, sprayers, and techniques.
Rent a power washer that operates at 1,500 or 2,000 psi and attach the garden hose and pressure washer hose to the machine. Then snap in the tip into the end of the wand. Turn on the garden hose spigot and hold down the trigger until water squirts. Release the trigger and start the engine on the pressure washer.
Next, clear the area along the fence by removing or tying back the plants that grow alongside the fence.
2. Spray Up and Down
Set your pressure washer to the lowest setting and start spraying 18 inches from the wood surface. As you slowly swing the tip along the length of the board, move in closer. Pull the trigger and keep spraying consistently, using the up and down motion. Keep the tip moving to avoid gouging or stripping the wood.
An indication that you are cleaning the wood is the brightening of the wood’s color as the surface of dirt is being washed away. Watch closely for any unusual color changes because it can mean that the wood is beginning to be damaged by the pressure washer.
3. Stain and Seal the Fence
After you have successfully washed all the dirt and grime from the surface of your fence, it’s time to preserve the beautiful and natural color of the wood. Use an exterior semi transparent oil stain that seals the wood while allowing the grain and color to show through.
**Before applying the fence stain, allow 24 to 48 hours for the fence to be completely dry.**
Invest in a paint roller and a few brushes to apply even coats of the stain onto each fence post. Let the wood absorb as much of the sealer it can. Work the stain into the small and tight areas with a small paintbrush. After coating the whole fence, inspect for any places you missed. Allow to dry, and the finish should last from two to five years before needing to be recoated. In a few years, wash the fence with a garden hose and use a bristle on stubborn dirt stains before restaining again.
Sometimes your fence will need repairs after a harsh winter, and other times it needs to be replaced entirely. We can help restore your fence by pressure washing, restaining and provide a freshly cleaned fence for years to come. Asheville Fence has been providing quality installation and repairs in Western North Carolina for two-generation. Contact us today for more information and get a free local estimate.