How To: Caring for Cedar Wood Fence

Cedar is known as a durable, resilient wood, that can withstand the elements of weather. A cedar fence can provide beauty, stability, and privacy to the external of any home or vicinity. Though they are low-maintenance, specific care is essential to keep the fence in good condition. Of course, cleaning and other general maintenance is needed to preserve the cedar wood, if cared for properly, they will remain inviting, attractive and structurally sound for many of years.

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Necessities:

  • Garden sprayer
  • Scrub brush
  • Garden hoseBucket
  • Water
  • Waterproofing wood sealer
  • Paintbrush
  • Oxygen Bleach
  • ¼ cup non-ammonia dish soap

Fence Installation Best Practices:

Fence posts must first be set directly into the ground during its installation. It is best to avoid having the posts set into concrete for it will improve water drainage around the posts. To prevent the wood from rotting, the installation of the boards should be at least two inches from ground level.

To protect the wood from splintering, cracking and warping due to weather, apply a waterproof sealing to the cedar fence. Do so by applying two thin coats of the waterproofing sealer with a paintbrush. Make sure to allow the sealer to dry completely in between coats. (This process should be done every three to five years).

Avoid having excessive amounts of water to encounter the fence. Though, preventing rainwater from reaching the fence is unreasonable, and unrealistic. It is recommended not to have sprinklers set where the water stream would hit the fence, even after a sealer is applied.

Planting landscaping around the perimeter of the fence is alright, but keep bushes, vines, and the like from growing up the fence. Weeds and vines that begin to grow on the surface of the fence should be cut down.

Cedar Fence Cleaning Recipe:

Your cedar fence should be cleaned at least once a year. To do so, combine three quarts of warm water, a quart of oxygen bleach, and a fourth cup of non-ammonia dish soap into a garden sprayer, and dowse the fence with the solution. Allow the solution to sit for approximately ten minutes, scrub any stains with a scrub brush, and then continue to rinse the fence with simply water.

Mold and mildew stains should be removed immediately, or as soon as possible, for mold and mildew will eat away of the cedar if left untreated. To remove said natural anomalies, mix a solution of four ounces of oxygen bleach and a gallon of hot water into a bucket, scrub the mold and mildew from the fence with the solution and a rough scrub brush. Again, simply rinse the wood with water.

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