Wood fences can last Maryland properties for a long time, as long as several decades. However, this long-living fence only lives its fullest with proper care. Granted, wood fences do not need rigorous maintenance, but they do require periodic care that is quite easy to do. In the subtropical climate of Maryland, mold, fungus, and mildew can easily plague a wood fence. Below is a handy guide on how to remove mold from a wood fence.
On a Dry, Sunny Day
Maryland summers can be quite humid, and even the winters can be wet, so ideally, you should aim to treat your wood fence in spring or fall. The drier the air, the quicker the fence will dry out after washing. Make sure there are clear skies for several days in the weather forecast to avoid an inopportune downpour.
Tame the Plants
This first step is one you can do anytime from spring through fall. You will first want to remove the rogue plants from the fence. Ivy, Virginia creeper, wisteria, and any other vines must go to preserve your fence’s integrity. If branches are brushing against the fence, clip those back as well.
Brush and Water
The simplest way to remove mold from a wood fence is to take a hard bristled brush, wet it with water, and scrub the fence. This can remove some notable fungal chunks from the surface, as well as moss, but won’t necessarily get rid of the ingrained mold.
For ridding green stains from your fence, pressure washing is best. One can use just water, a mild white vinegar and water mix, or baking soda and water. One can rent or buy a pressure washer from a local home improvement store. Be sure to keep the pressure washer at an appropriate pressure and stand at least three feet away from the fence.
If you still have mold in your wood fence, it might be necessary to use a harsher, store-bought chemical. Read the directions on the bottle carefully and protect your plants if need be.
After removing mold from a wood fence, let it dry completely. Now, you’ll likely have a mold-free fence with its beautiful wood restored. To protect it from further damage from mold, UV rays, and insects, stain the fence once every few years.
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