How to Remove Mildew From Your Wooden Fence

Wood Privacy Fence with Post Caps

A good looking wooden fence really makes a property stand out. They are a popular choice for fencing specifically because they have such a nice “homey” feel to them. The problem is keeping them looking that way.

Wooden fences are great but they are more vulnerable to the elements and decay than other materials. They need routine maintenance especially if you start seeing mildew or algae stains on the surface.

To clean your wooden fence and keep it mildew free you will need to follow these steps:

  1. Trim or tie back any plants that you have in front of the fence. This will keep them out of the way and prevent any accidental damage. Covering the plants with empty buckets is another good way of protecting them but if you don’t have any buckets just cover the plants with a tarp.
  1. This step will depend on if you have access to a pressure washer or not:
    • A Cleaned FenceIf you have a pressure washer:
      1. Set it on a low setting. Somewhere between 1500 and 2000 psi works best.
      2. Stand a couple feet away from the fence and spray it with a steady, sweeping motion. If a stain is tough, you can move a little closer.
      3. Let the fence dry.
    • If you are doing it by hand.
      1. Mix up a solution of one part bleach to two parts water and fill a bucket with it.
      2. Dip a scrub brush in the solution and start with the toughest stains.
      3. Once the stains are gone you can let the fence dry.
  1. Look the entire fence over. Do you see any rough patches? If so, use sandpaper to smooth them out.
  1. Nail down any nails you may have noticed sticking up.
  1. Coat the fence in a wood preservative or stain to protect it from the weather as long as possible.

Sometimes though your fence can become too weathered or decayed to be able to wash and stain it. If this is the case for you  wooden fence then give FenceWorks of Georgia a call 770.452.9900 a free quote on replacing your old fence.