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Looking for how to clean or re-finish your backyard fence? We purchased our home almost two years ago, and with so many projects to get done, our exterior wooden fence was neglected for a bit. When I stumbled upon a power washer on Marketplace for $40, the process for refinishing our fence began! Until we started cleaning it, I honestly didn’t realize just HOW dirty it was.
The process is honestly so easy, just a little time consuming. I really enjoyed it though, especially the power washing – so rewarding!
What you’ll need:
Power Washer (this is the one we used – very affordable!)
Paint tray for stain
Sponge brushes (I just buy a cheap variety pack at Home Depot)
Fence/Deck Stain (this is what we used in Cedar NaturalTone).
How to clean your exterior wood fence:
I actually didn’t realize how bad this fence was until we started powerwashing. WOW.
The Process for Cleaning an Outdoor Fence:
- Power wash your fence. We used this $90 power washer and it did a great job. You do have to have the stream of water pretty close to the fence for it to work effectively, but for the price — it has a lot of bang for its buck! Be careful not to get the water stream *too* close or you could cut into the wood.
2. Allow fence to dry out for at least 24 hours. Again, we let ours dry a bit longer than that because it kept raining.
3. Cover anything that you do not want stain to drip on. We just laid down a drop cloth for kneeling, as it’s just grass directly below.
4. Apply stain/sealer! We used this brush and foam brushes for tighter areas and the bottom of the fence. The stain literally brought this fence back to life!
This is the stain we used, in color Cedar NaturalTone. If you use this color, it goes on darker and will lighten as it dries, so don’t panic if it’s darker than you planned. It dried a perfect cedar color! And we only used one can (but only stained the inside of our fence).
Hopefully this helps you in your wood fence cleaning endeavors!
Until next time,