Over time, wood fences can become covered with algae and mold. They usually appear in shady and humid areas. In our article, we will tell you how to get rid of them.
Method 1 of 2: Use a pressure washer
Step 1. Prune and tie the plants that grow near the fence
Step 2. Cover the delicate plants with tarps or buckets
Remove all other unnecessary items.
Step 3. Set the water pressure to a low level (1500-2000 psi)
Step 4. Get up from the fence at a distance of one meter and sprinkle it with water from the sink
You can get closer to clean up heavily soiled areas. Do not stay in one place, but slowly move the hose from side to side.
Step 5. If you have washed the fence from mold and algae, then let it dry
If there are still stains, then proceed to the next step.
Step 6. Wipe the fence with a brush if there are still stains on it after washing with a sink
- Pour one to two bleach and water solution into the bucket. You do not need to stir the solution.
- Use a brush to clean any remaining stains. Make sure that the solution does not get on your plants.
- After wiping off the stains with a brush, try rolling them out of the sink again.
Step 7. Inspect the fence and sand the wood where necessary
Step 8. Drive any protruding nails or screws into the wood deeper and repair the planks where necessary
Step 9. After the fence is dry, cover the tree with a special agent that protects the tree from moisture, or paint it
Method 2 of 2: Manually remove mold and algae from the fence
Step 1. Cover the plants with tarps or buckets
Step 2. Mix one to two bleach and water in a bucket
Step 3. Add one teaspoon of liquid soap, which can be mixed with chlorine, to the bucket, at the rate of one spoonful per liter of water
Step 4. Wipe the stains with a brush dampened in the solution
Try to keep the solution out of the plants.
Step 5. Flush the fence with clean water
You can do this with a garden hose.
Step 6. Let the fence dry
Step 7. Repair the damaged boards, hammer in the protruding heads of screws or nails, and sand where necessary
Step 8. Paint the fence with a special paint that will protect the tree from moisture and the appearance of algae and mold
- Prune plants near the fence so there are fewer shaded areas. The sun and air will "cure" the fence from mold.
- You can clean the fence with a garden hose if the water pressure is strong enough.
- When using a sink, try cleaning a spot in an inconspicuous spot on your fence to make sure the sink won't damage the fence.
- Some people believe that algae and mold, on the contrary, decorate the fence.
- Be sure to check what's on the other side of the fence to avoid damaging anything while cleaning.
- Do not set too high a pressure on the sink to avoid damaging the fence.
- It is best not to use a sink to clean old or rotten fences. * You will most likely have to replace old boards.
- When using the sink, be careful not to touch nearby plants. Strong water pressure can also damage the bark of trees.
- While you are cleaning the fence, keep children and pets away from it.
Things you’ll need
- Buckets or tarp
- Liquid soap that can be used with bleach
- Fence Repair Tools
- Wood preservative paint or primer