Fencing is not only a decorative feature, but is often utilized for gardens, keeping pets in a designated area, or keeping children at bay. For this reason, it may be frustrating to realize that your fence has adopted a sheen of mildew and/or algae over time. Fortunately, there are a number of DIY home improvement techniques that can be utilized to protect your fence from any mildew remnants without spending too much. The following points outline the proper way to remove bacteria from your wooden fence.
- Clear the area surrounding your fence
Because you will be spraying harsh chemicals on your fence, it is important that you remove plants or any valuable items in close proximity prior to starting the cleaning process. Have approximately a 4-foot radius of space between the fence and any valuables. These chemicals can kill plants and stain different furniture materials.
- Clean the fence with a hose or power washer
To ensure that your fence is completely protected against mildew or algae particles, you must first remove all dirt, grass, and insect remnants. This is best done with a power washer or hose, whichever is most applicable.
- Create your cleaning compound
Mixing 1/4 cup of bleach together with 1/4 cup of laundry detergent in every gallon of water utilized for cleaning will create the perfect mildew removal mixture.
- Test an area of the fence
Standing several feet from the fence, aim your power washer at an angle towards the bottom of the fence and start spraying. If the solution works, complete washing process for the entire fence.
- Rinse with water when finished
This cleaning process may require multiple compound rinses. Once completed, rinse your fence with water. Your fence should be completely mildew and algae free.