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Trevion Wilson

Trevion Wilson

January 16

How to Clean and Stain your Frence

Cleaning and staining a fence is a great way to enhance its appearance and protect it from the elements. Here’s a step-by-step guide on how to clean and stain a fence:


  1. Clear the Area: Remove any furniture, plants, or other items around the fence to give yourself space to work.
  2. Trim Overhanging Plants: Trim back any plants or vines that may be growing on or near the fence.
  3. Sweep Debris: Use a broom or leaf blower to remove loose dirt, leaves, and debris from the fence.
  4. Pressure Wash: If your fence is particularly dirty or stained, consider using a pressure washer. Adjust the pressure settings to avoid damaging the wood. Start from the top and work your way down, keeping a consistent distance. In some instances, soft washing might be a better alternative. Soft Washing will require a 3% Mix of Sodium Hypocholrite mixture applied to a pre-soaked fence.
  5. Scrubbing: For stubborn stains or mildew, scrub the fence with a mixture of water and mild detergent. Use a brush with soft bristles to avoid damaging the wood.
  6. Rinse Thoroughly: After cleaning, rinse the fence thoroughly with a garden hose to remove any remaining soap or debris.


  1. Choose the Right Stain: Select a high-quality wood stain that suits your desired color and provides adequate protection against UV rays and moisture.
  2. Prepare the Fence: Ensure the fence is completely dry before applying the stain. If necessary, wait for a few days after cleaning to allow the wood to dry thoroughly.
  3. Protect Surrounding Areas: Cover nearby plants, grass, or any surfaces you don’t want to stain with plastic sheeting or drop cloths.
  4. Stir the Stain: If the stain has separated, stir it thoroughly to ensure an even application.
  5. Apply the Stain: Use a paintbrush, roller, or sprayer to apply the stain evenly. Start from the top and work your way down, following the wood grain. Be sure to coat all surfaces, including edges and corners.
  6. Wipe Excess Stain: If you notice any excess stain or drips, wipe them off with a clean cloth to prevent uneven drying.
  7. Allow Drying Time: Let the first coat of stain dry according to the manufacturer’s instructions. Depending on the product, a second coat may be necessary for optimal protection and color depth.
  8. Inspect and Maintain: Once the stain is dry, inspect the fence for any missed spots or areas that may need touch-ups. Consider applying a clear sealant for added protection.

Remember to check the weather forecast before starting, and avoid staining on rainy or extremely hot days. Following these steps will help you clean and stain your fence effectively, enhancing its appearance and extending its lifespan.

If you’re interested in having a professional perform the work – be sure to visit our website and request an estimate. Click here to Learn more about our Fence Cleaning and Staining services.


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