How to Clean Wooden Fence without Killing Plants

Posted by ResistMist on November 22nd, 2019

A wooden fence enhances the look of your yard. Whether your fence is wood, metal or vinyl, it will eventually get dirty and may attract algae stains. When it is about the wood fence, it can collect all sorts of build-up outside. Mold, mildew, and algae can all become problems over time.

You may be wondering how to clean a wood fence without harming your plants or the surface. Harsh chemicals, such as bleach and many fence-brightener products can harm the plants that grow near the fence, but you can clean it without hurting your lawn or plants with a professional wood fence cleaner.

Also, you can take the steps below to clean your wooden fence periodically:

General Cleaning

Plain water from a powerful garden hose nozzle or a stainless steel wire brush is usually enough to remove dirt and mildew from your fence. Be careful not to scrub a wire brush into a painted fence too deeply.

Stay away from using a power washer or bleach as they will harm the wood and also the plants nearby. It is better to use a wood fence cleaner as they are manufactured with keeping in mind the safety or longevity of the material.  

Cleaning Deep Stains

For stubborn areas, use a scrub brush on the damp fence to remove the dirt or mildew. If that's not working, dip the brush in a bucket of dishwashing soap and water, then scrub the area and rinse it with fresh water.

For a stronger, yet safe, cleaning solution, use a wood fence cleaner as they are scientifically made and works deep within the surface of the wood and remove most stains including algae, bird droppings, and most grass stains.

Protecting Plants

When cleaning your wooden fence or applying any chemical, always cover your plants and grass with plastic and weigh down the edges with rocks or bricks.

To ensure you don’t do any damage to the plants while cleaning the fence specifically with a power washer, you should lay down plastic sheets. Also, move aside any damageable plant pots or garden furniture out of the way before you begin.


Your fence is an important part of your garden and your property. It adds beauty, elegance and provides privacy if it’s well looked after.

Keeping up with the maintenance of your wooden fencing is important as, if you don’t, you could face the cost of replacing it. An effective wood fence cleaner can make your job much easier. Resist Mist wood fence cleaner is environmentally friendly and non-toxic. It eliminated algae stains and keeps them from coming back for years.

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