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Maintenance

Keep your chain link, wood or vinyl fence clear from dirt, grass, leaves and other debris. These simple instructions are guaranteed to keep your fences looking brand new.

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HOW TO CLEAN ALUMINUM 

& CHAIN LINK FENCES:

Materials Needed:
* Water hose
* Soft scrub brush
* Bucket of soapy water OPTIONAL


Level of Difficulty:
* 1 - Cleaning metal fences such as chain link, steel and aluminum is very easy and does not require much time/effort to complete.


Recommended Time Frame for Cleaning a Metal Fence:
* For maximum results, we recommend that you clean your metal fences once a year or as needed.


Cleaning:
If you want to give your children a chore to do around the house, now is the time. Cleaning a chain link, steel or aluminum fence is very easy and can be performed by almost anyone. Most of the time you can clean your metal fence by simply spraying it off with a water hose. However, if you come across some tough stains or areas that need a little scrubbing, the following advice should do the trick. 


First you will want to prepare a bucket of soapy water. To do this, simply fill a bucket with warm water and mix with any cleaning solution that will not increase chances of rust development. You will then want to take your soft bristle scrub brush and dip it in the soapy water. After the brush is wet, simply scrub the areas of the fence that need cleaning and rinse by spraying off with a water hose... Its that easy. We also recommend you using a spray on wax that you can get at any hardware store.

wooden gate

HOW TO CLEAN & 

STAIN A WOOD FENCE:

Materials Needed:
* Water Hose or Power Washer (for deep cleaning and removing old paint)
* Wood Stain, NOT PAINT (desired color)
* Bleach or wood cleaning solution
* Plastic Sheets (to protect grass under fence) OPTIONAL


Level of Difficulty:
* 4 or 5 - Cleaning a wood fence can be a little easier than our mentioned level of difficulty depending on the type and amount of cleaning that will be taking place.


Recommended Time Frame for Cleaning a Wood Fence:

* For maximum results we recommend that you clean/re-stain your wood fence once every 3-5 years.


Cleaning:

If you have a wood fence, you may notice that it will begin to turn a grayish color or the stain will begin to lose its brightness and regardless of what kind of wood fence you have, you may notice a mold begin to develop on the fence. This section of the article will explain how to take care of these problems and get your wood fence looking new again! If you decided to use plastic sheeting to protect your grass, you will want to lie that on the ground underneath the fence prior to starting any cleaning. A mixture of "1 part bleach and 2 parts water" is very common when cleaning wood fences; however, you may also purchase wood cleaning solution from your local hardware store. 


What you will want to do first is apply the cleaning solution to the fence and allow it to soak in until you notice that the fence is becoming brighter and/or clean. You will then want to spray the fence off with a water hose (use a power washer for removing old paint or tough stains - make sure power washer is on the widest spray setting and held about 12 inches away from fence). After the fence has been cleaned and sprayed off you will want to allow it to air dry. If it still needs cleaning in certain spots after it dries, repeat the above mentioned process. Once the fence is clean and dry you are ready to apply a strain. NOTE: DO NOT USE PAINT ON YOUR WOOD FENCE. Properly apply the stain and allow the stain to dry. Your wood fence should now look beautiful and brand new. If you apply this process at least every 3 - 5 years, your wood fence will look beautiful and brand new for a long time.