Power washing a fence is a great way to remove dirt, grime, and other buildup that can accumulate over time. Here are some steps on how to power wash a fence:
Prepare the area: Before starting, clear the area around the fence of any furniture, plants, or other objects that could be damaged by the pressure washer or get in the way of your cleaning. Cover any nearby plants or landscaping with plastic sheeting to protect them from the cleaning solution and water.
Test the pressure: Test the pressure washer on a small, inconspicuous fence area to ensure the force is not too strong and will not damage the wood. Adjust the pressure as needed.
Apply the cleaning solution: Apply a cleaning solution specifically designed for power washing fences to the fence's surface using a low-pressure nozzle. Start at the top of the wall and work your way down, covering the entire surface evenly.
Let the cleaning solution sit: Allow the cleaning solution to sit on the fence for 5-10 minutes or as directed by the manufacturer's instructions.
Power wash the fence: Attach the high-pressure nozzle to the power washer and use it to rinse the wall from top to bottom. Hold the nozzle about 1-2 feet from the fence and use sweeping motions to ensure even coverage. Be careful not to get too close to the wall, as the high pressure can cause damage.
Rinse the fence: After power washing, rinse it thoroughly with clean water to remove any remaining cleaning solution or debris. Start at the top of the wall and work your way down.
Allow the fence to dry: Let the wall dry completely before applying any sealant or stain. Depending on the weather conditions, this can take several hours to a full day.
To power wash a fence, you must prepare the area, test the pressure, apply the cleaning solution, let it sit, power wash the wall, rinse it, and allow it to dry. Following these steps, you can effectively clean your fence and give it a fresh look.