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How to Clean Wooden Fence Without Pressure Washing

Wooden fences are an excellent way to protect your property’s privacy and make it look stunning while doing so. Unlike metal fencing, wooden fencing adds a warm and natural finish to any garden, affording you your own little pocket of countryside. While this is great, wooden fencing is also very susceptible to dirt, mould, mildew and other unsightly substances. Many people simply use a pressure washer to clean off the gunk which, while effective, can cause a great deal of damage to the wood if the settings are too high.

Wooden fencing can be cleaned safely and efficiently without using  pressure washer, and in this article, we’ll be showing you how to do just that!

Protect your garden

As this method will be using a bleach cleaning solution that could be harmful to plants and shrubs in your garden, it’s important to make sure they are protected first. The most effective way to do this is to simply drape something over them, something like tarpaulin will do the job perfectly! If you have any electrical sockets near the fencing, make sure that they are properly covered as to not expose them to water during cleaning.

The cleaning solution

The solution we will be creating to clean the fence is a simple one; the chances are you will have these ingredients at home already, that is: a bucket, bleach and water. Fill your bucket with one part bleach and two parts water, then you are good to go!


Bleach can irritate the skin, so before you start your work make sure that you have a good pair of protective rubber gloves!

Cleaning the fence

Firstly, dip a bristled scrubbing brush into the solution and scrub the fence liberally. Do not be too aggressive as this may damage the wood. Once completed, leave to sit for around ten minutes, allowing the bleach to go to work. After ten minutes, if necessary, scrub the fence again and wait another ten minutes. Don’t wait too long though, we don’t want the bleach to dry before we rinse it off!

Rinse the fence

As stated in the previous point, we should be at a stage where any visible grime and mould has been removed from the fence, but the cleaning solution hasn’t yet dried, as that might stain the fence.

Using a garden hose with a spray nozzle setting, wash the cleaning solution off the fence from the top down to avoid any unsightly streaks and allow the fence to air dry.


For quality fencing you can trust, look no further than Barnard Fencing. As a local Nottingham fencing manufacturer, we provide, install and maintain an assortment of products, including wooden fencing, eco fencing, trellis work, metal gates and security fencing. We pride ourselves on our meticulous attention to detail and efficient approach to all projects we undertake. To get your free, no obligation quote, simply get in touch with our friendly advisers – we are always happy to help.


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