Is the fence that surrounds your backyard covered with mold? If so, you'll likely be looking for ways that you can remove the mold and keep the material in great shape. Here are some tips for removing mold and making sure it doesn't come back.
There are many cleaning materials in your home right now that are strong enough to remove mold, such as ammonia, vinegar, and bleach. While all three of the cleaners are very effective at killing off mold spores, they are not so good on surfaces that are porous. These cleaners will have a hard time getting into the small holes of the wood materials and kill off the small spores that could be hiding. If you do not clean deep into the wood to remove all mold spores, they will eventually develop new mold patches.
Your best bet at removing mold is to use a power washer. It will help spray a wood cleaning solution deep into the porous surface, which will kill off all mold that could be hiding in it. One thing to keep in mind with a pressure washer is that it can damage the wood fencing material. Make sure you use lower power settings or a nozzle that is for light use, which will not dent the wood and cause it to look bad.
Once you've taken the time to remove all the mold from your fence, you'll want to take steps that prevent more mold from coming back. The best way this can be done is by applying a sealant to your fencing material. Just make sure to do it on a day where the fencing material is dry since a sealant can trap water underneath the surface and cause mold growth. Wait until at least two sunny days have gone by without any rain.
The sealant can be applied using rollers to efficiently cover as much surface as possible. Water-based sealants will dry quickly, which allow you to apply multiple coats in the same day without needing to wait a very long time for the sealant to dry. You can also apply an oil-based sealant, which takes longer to dry, but will cause the fence to have a warm tone to it.
If you're not up to the task of removing mold and sealing the surface, it's time for professional help. Reach out to a local wood fencing contractor that can handle it all for you.
I love my dog, but my dog loves my neighbor's yard. My adopted Labrador needs hours of playtime each day to stay fit, but she used to be a master of escaping no matter how close of an eye I kept on her. After a few too many holes dug in flower beds, I splurged on a tall chain link fence and finally ended her romps on other properties. Now my neighbors smile and wave when we meet in our shared driveway instead of giving me a wary look. Sharing my new found love for fences is just one way I hope to give back to others.