So let me show you how to care for a wood fence, the proper way.  Click on the video below to see how to get your cedar fence cleaned and how many coats of stain you need to apply.  


How To Care for a Wood Fence

Make sure you have a good wood fence maintenance schedule.  You should clean and stain your cedar fence every 2-3 years.  First, let’s get your cedar wood fence cleaned.  You will need to either rent a pressure washer or hire a professional contractor who owns one.  Make sure you use a chemical cleaner.  Typically, a deck cleaner should be run through the power washer.  Don’t worry, most nowadays are biodegradable, so it won’t harm surrounding plants and foliage.  At this point of the maintenance, you’ll be able to notice if you have any wood fence boards rotting.  

Next, you’ll want to apply 1 coat of an oil-based stain.  The reason why I’m so ‘married’ to using an oil-based stain is that I feel the oil stain penetrates better than the acrylic.  You then have the option to choose between a transparent, semi-transparent, or semi-solid stain.  If you want a more natural look, I’d suggest using a transparent stain.  If you want more body and/or color, then you should use a semi-transparent or semi-solid stain.

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So to sum up, make sure you clean and stain your fence every 2-3 years. Whether it’s a fence for your dog or your garden a good maintenance schedule is important. Take a quick minute to watch my new video above, and make sure you have the tool list too to get the job done.  Check out my 160+ videos on my DIY YouTube Channel too.

Don’t forget, if you need an estimate on pressure washing and staining your wood fence, give me a call.   My team and I have been serving the St. Charles, Warrenville, Orland Park, Naperville, St. John IN, Plainfield, Joliet, Shorewood, and all of Chicago area for 30+ years.