Tips for Cleaning a Wood Fence or Deck

Everybody loves the look of a new timber deck or a wooden fence. But that fresh look doesn’t last long if you don’t take care of the wood. If you want to keep your fence formidable, your deck strong and your wood stylish, you’ll need to practice some good cleaning habits.

Below, we’ll go over a few tips for keeping your wooden fence and deck clean, even in the harshest Brisbane sun.


Power washing a wooden deck


Wooden Fence Cleaning Tips

While some nice fence palings look great around the perimeter of your yard, a build-up of dirt, grime, and UV rays can make you look like a lazy homeowner. The good news is that it’s easy to restore your fence to its former glory.

The most efficient way to clean your wooden fence is with a pressure washer. If you don’t have one, hire or buy one. If you don’t feel comfortable with all that power, hire someone to do it for you. If you’re doing it yourself, make sure you use the proper nozzle heads. You want a 15-degree attachment for tough grime and a 25-degree attachment for easy to wash off dirt.

Make sure you keep the nozzle one or two feet away from the fence so that you don’t just pressure wash a hole through the wood. Cold water is essential as hot water can “raise the grain” of the wood and make staining or sealing the fence a headache.

You’ll want to lay down plastic sheeting to protect the grass around the fence. For extra safety, wear protective glasses and never point the nozzle at people, pets or electricity sources.


Cleaning Tips for Wooden Decks

To clean your wooden deck, you’ll first have to remove any plants, patio furniture, toys, and other belongings that are sitting on it. Next, give the deck a good sweep, removing any large debris and making sure to get in between the planks of wood.

You can use a pressure washer for your deck, but a garden hose with a spray attachment should do the trick. Just make sure you use the most powerful setting and aim it directly at dirty spots. Rinse the entire space, making sure to get in between the decking boards.

Now it’s time to cleanse. Get a soapy solution together with warm water and some laundry detergent without bleach, or buy a specific deck cleaner. If you have mildew stains, use a bit of bleach in the solution. Pour the solution onto the deck and use a long handled brush with soft bristles to scrub the deck. Start at one end and work your way across the surface. Then rinse the deck clean with a hose.


For more tips on how to take care of your wood deck or fence, get in touch with Sunstate Timbers in Brisbane.


72 Lipscombe Road, Deception Bay, QLD, Australia
Phone: (07) 3204 2533
Fax: (07) 3204 2530

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