It is essential to have your wooden fence cleaned and stained once every few years. It helps it look great and can help make your home more inviting for visitors. This helps to keep the wood in great condition, plus it improves its physical appeal. Apart from this, fence cleaning and staining protects the wood from mold, rot and deterioration. Here are some preparations tips that you can use when preparing to clean and stain your wood.
The first thing you need to do is to thoroughly look your fence over and assess its current condition. Note any areas that are damaged and repair them. This includes fastening any loose boards, fixing any protruding nails, replacing any sagging boards and fixing the gate if it has become loose. Fix any broken boards and splintered wood.
The next thing you need to do is to protect your environment before you start cleaning the hedge.
To do this, tie back any plants that are along the hedge of the fence. Alternatively, you can spread plastic sheets on the ground or around any vegetation that are in the area. This will prevent them from being affected by the chemicals that are in the cleaning agents. You also need to use water resistant clothing to keep yourself clean and dry when working on the hedge.
The next step is to get rid of any dirt, mold or grime from the hedge. You need to clean the hedge first before you can apply stain on it. You might have to use a hard bristled brush to get rid of any stubborn stains or dirt. Apply a cleaning detergent or wood bleach on the wood and give it a few minutes to soak it up.
Then use a pressure washer to rinse off the cleaning bleach or detergents. A high pressure washer will work best in such a situation. If you don’t have one, consider renting one. Make sure to use the right pressure since too much pressure can end up damaging the wood.
After the hedge has been cleaned, give it time to dry.
This might take a day or too. If the wood is too moist, it won’t be able to absorb the stain well.
The last step is to apply semi transparent, oil based stain on the wood. Even though solid color stains will last longer, they are usually much more challenging to renew. This brings out the natural color of the wood. You can either use a roller or a pumped up garden sprayer to apply the stain.