If you have a fence at home or at your business, you want to keep it looking good. Pressure washing offers a quick and effective way to keep your fence clean, but there are a few common mistakes you should avoid to make sure you don’t damage your fence while cleaning it.
Too Much Pressure
Most people are used to using a regular garden hose when doing light cleaning around the yard. Garden hoses have significantly less pressure behind them when compared to a pressure washer. It’s important to keep that in mind when power washing a fence. The best thing to do is to start farther away from the fence than you think you should be, and slowly move forward if more force is needed to remove dirt and mold. Getting too close and applying too much pressure can lead to furring of a wood fence, or you could potentially crack an older vinyl fence.
Just Using Water
Another common mistake when cleaning with a power washer is to expect a good cleaning from just water. Water alone can only do so much, but adding a cleaner (preferably an environmentally friendly one) can help breakdown long standing grime. Another method is to prewash your fence with a cleaner to loosen dirt before you power wash.
Not Letting It Dry
If you decide to power wash your wood fence, make sure to allow up to 48 hours of drying time before sealing a wood fence with paint, stain or sealer. If you don’t wait long enough, you risk trapping moisture in the wood that can lead to rotting and weakening of your fence.
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