A wood fence is one of the most popular choices for homeowners. It adds a nice natural touch to your home. Wood fences need special care to maintain them in good condition. However, fences may also be made out of faux wood. Synthetic products, sawdust and resin-based adhesives are used to create faux wood which bears a close resemblance to real wood. These fences have lower maintenance needs than real wood fences. They also don’t cost as much as fences made from authentic wood. Below are some care guidelines for your faux wood fence.
Fortunately, it is easier to clean faux wood than real wood. Dust and dirt tend to accumulate on fences with time. If left unattended, the pile up of dirt spoils the appearance of your fence. It will not be as attractive as when new. It is best to wash your fence regularly to prevent accumulation of dirt. For light dirt build-up, you can spray down the fence with a garden hose. Use a spray nozzle to make it easier and more effective.
For stubborn dirt, you need to use soap and water. Mix some laundry detergent with warm water. Apply the solution over the dirty areas. Use a medium bristle brush to scrub away at the dirt. Rinse the fence well with your garden hose. You can also use a lacquer thinner on stubborn dirt. Apply with a soft cloth and rub at the dirty area. Use your garden hose to rinse the fence. It is best to clean from the top and work downwards to prevent streaks on the fence. Work in small sections for a more effective job. You can pressure wash the fence once or twice a year.
Mold and Mildew
Accumulation of dirt on your fence may lead to mold and mildew growth. It is best to avoid harsh cleaners as these can cause discolorations on your fence. The cleaners may also harm plant life around the fence. You can make a gentle yet effective cleaner from 1 part of white vinegar and 2 parts of water. First rinse the fence with a garden hose to remove as much dirt as possible. Pour the vinegar solution over the affected areas of the fence. Sprinkle some baking soda on the same areas. Allow about 30 minutes for the cleaning agents to clear the mold. You may want to scrub the trouble areas with a medium bristle brush to facilitate removal. Use your garden hose to rinse the entire fence well.
Grease and Oil Stains
These attract dirt so it is best to clear the stains as soon as you spot them. Use a plastic scraper to remove the grease. Apply some mineral spirit with a soft cloth onto the stained area. Rub at the stain with light pressure to avoid discolorations on your fence. Use your garden hose to rinse the fence thoroughly.
Certain sections of a faux wood fence may bow at times. This is caused by constant temperature fluctuations which causes the fence to expand and contract. A fence that bows looses its attractiveness. Loosen the screws at the brackets to create room for expansion and contraction.