Ah it’s that time of year again. Birds are chirping and everyone’s dreaming of the next backyard barbecue. The last thing you’re thinking about is deep cleaning your house, both inside and out. Good thing is, the sooner you get it done, the sooner you’ll be standing by the grill. So, since we’re the fence experts we wanted to go ahead and tell you just how to get your fence cleaned and ready for the warmer months.
First, start with an inspection
Once the snow finally melts (well who are we kidding, Southwest Missouri doesn’t get any snow!) you’ll want to take a good look at your fence. The change in seasons, mixed with heavy moisture and freezing temperatures can have an effect on your fence and you’ll want to look for any problem areas that need to be addressed. Be on the lookout for things like warping, rotting, rust and post strength. If no issues come up, great! You’re fence will be standing strong during the next pool party. If not, we suggest getting a handle on it as soon as possible to prevent any further damage.
Give it a good clean
As you inspect your fence you may notice algae, mold, mildew or dirt build up. These types of build up are caused by a mix of moisture and shade, both completely natural. Now just because it’s natural, it doesn’t mean that it’s nice to look at. Luckily it should be pretty easy to clean with the right equipment. Just grab your power washer and some cleaning solution from your local home goods store. Start by spraying off each board in a nice even motion. Be sure to keep about 2-3 feet of distance from the fence and nozzle to avoid damaging the wood. Once you’re finished rinse it off with plenty of fresh water and your fence will be as good as new!
Give it a fresh coat
Now that your fence is sparkly clean it’s time to look at sealing and staining options. They both serve a great purpose. Staining your fence will help lock in and enhance the color of the wood, keeping it beautiful all season long. The sealant will help prevent any cracking, and splinting, while also shielding the fence from sun damage. Plus, it waterproofs the wood, helping to repel any water. You can head to your local store to find the right stain and sealant to meet your needs, or you can have it done professionally.
We hope these tips help you get your fence ready for spring and if they do we may be looking for an invite to your next backyard barbecue! As always don’t hesitate to reach out with any questions regarding your fence by calling us at 417-221-4433 or swing by our office at 1716 W College Street in Springfield Missouri!