After several years of standing up to the components, a wooden fence may not appear as great as it did when first installed. The wood may be splitting and the forks bowed from too much moisture. That is a fence that was not sealed — or even resealed after the first coat wore away. If you don’t want this to happen to your fencing, coat it with a water-resistant sealant every other calendar year, or when you detect water is no longer beading on the surface.
Scrub the fence using a long-handled brush and wood cleaner to remove grime. Cleaners are available at home improvement stores. Look at the labels to make certain it eliminates dirt buildup and stains. If mildew is present, then pick a cleaner that lists mildew removal and has sodium hypochlorite as an ingredient. If you don’t need to spend the money, use dish soap and water to wash the wood, and then scrub the fence using a mixture of 1 cup of bleach and 4 liters of water to kill mildew. Rinse and allow the wood dry for a complete day to ensure no moisture becomes trapped inside. A fantastic time to seal a wooden fence is in the autumn once the air is drier, and there is less chance of humidity.
Fill a garden sprayer with polyurethane wood pallets. When it is a concentrated mixture, add water according to the package instructions. Place the lid to the sprayer and shake to mix the water in. Oil-based sealants can also be used, however they take longer to dry.
Spray up and back down the front of each fence slat to guarantee complete coverage. Also, spray up and down the crevices between each slat.
Walk into the back and repeat the process, going down and up the forks. While in the rear, also coat the flat braces the forks are linked to and the fence posts.
Permit the sealant to dry before letting any pets out so it doesn’t get on their fur.