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How to Clean Your Wooden Fence

Wooden fences are aesthetically pleasing to homeowners because they offer a classic design. They are appealing up until they start to become dirty by which then you must clean them. That can be a hassle but worry not, provided here are simple instructions for cleaning your wooden fence. We’ve provided steps for both pressure washing and by doing it by hand. Continue reading below to see which of these two would be your best option for cleaning your wooden fence.

Pressure Washing Your Wooden Fence

If you opt to clean your wooden fence with a pressure washer, it’s recommended that it be done under cloudier, non-windy conditions when it’s not underneath the sunlight. Doing this will prevent the cleaner from drying on your surface and from blowing back into your face.


  1. First, remove any tough grime and gunk on your fence with a wire brush. If you attempt to remove them with your pressure cleaner, you’ll spend too much time and cause warping damage to your fence.
  2. Take a garden hose and remove any of the surface dirt before you begin cleaning the fence. This allows you to use your pressure washer minimally so that it prevents damage to your boards.
  3. With a 25-degree tip, rinse some of your wooden boards on a low setting, keeping the nozzle at least three feet away from the surface. You want to go at a medium pace starting from top-to-bottom and side-to-side. Standing at a decent distance will allow the pressure washer to fan out over the fence. If it’s too close, it will add too much pressure to one spot, causing damage to your fence.

Clean Your Wooden Fence By Hand

An ideal option to choose if you don’t own a pressure washer, don’t want to hire a pressure washing service, or if you fear that pressure washing will damage your fence. Below are steps you should do when cleaning your fence.


  1. Similar to pressure washing, the first step should be the removal of dirt and grime with a wire brush. Do this thoroughly as the remaining steps require the use of oxygenated bleach and it won’t be able to take off all surface dirt.
  2. With a large paintbrush, take oxygenated bleach and brush it onto the fence. Let it set for 15 minutes.
  3. After setting, take your wire brush and brush off any dirt on your fence, again.
  4. Finally, take a hose and wash off any remaining bleach that’s on the fence.

Hire XL Fencing to Install Your New Wooden Fence

Having a clean wooden fence isn’t enough to make your home appealing, you should have a top-quality fence installed on your property. XL Fencing not only provides high-grade service but also offers your home a strong fence that can withstand uncleanly factors. If interest, call us at 954-482-0531 or visit our contact page.

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