Tips for Cleaning a Cedar Fence

Cedar lumber is a strong, durable material and is popularly used in construction projects, as well as for home projects like building cedar fence, trims and molding, decks, and garden furniture. Cedar lumber is considerably resilient to the constant wear and tear caused by weather, and therefore, it is widely used for outdoor projects. In addition, cedar can be customized to suit your needs since it is easily stained. It can also be left as it is for a rustic country look. In addition to its durability, cedar lumber is also a low-fuss wood. This means that it does not need constant attention or maintenance to look good, making it a convenient choice.

That said, cedar lumber does require that certain specific measures be taken to ensure its durability and appearance. In order to preserve cedar lumber products, it is essential to conduct some timely checks for stains and discoloring that can occur over time. Luckily, this is not very hard or time-consuming.

Given below are four tips for cleaning cedar lumber, depending on the type of cleaning that is being done. These will help you preserve the cedar lumber for a long time without compromising its structural integrity. Whether it’s basic cleaning or yearly maintenance, these pointers will help you get the most out of your cedar lumber.

Regular Cleaning

For basic everyday cleaning, all you need to do is to get a bucket of lukewarm water and add a bit of mild detergent to the solution. Using a sponge, wipe clean the cedar wood. Follow this with a plain water wipe down. Use a rag to sop away any excess water and let the wood dry.

Mold and Mildew Stains

For a more thorough yearly cleaning, you need a stronger cleaning agent. Over time, mold and mildew form telling stains on cedar wood. These cannot be cleaned with just a water and soap solution. For such stains, add some bleach to a bucket of lukewarm water. Dip a sponge in this solution and gently wipe over the stain. Do not scrub over the wood, as excessive scrubbing could scratch the surface. The bleach-water solution is particularly effective on mildew. In addition to cleaning out the stain, this solution also helps enhance the natural beauty of cedar lumber.

Tannin Stain Removal

Over a period of time cedar wood will develop tannin stains. Tannin is naturally present in cedar lumber, and when it is released, through either wear and tear or nails and studs hammered into the cedar, it results in dark patches on the wood. To remove tannin stains, add approximately two ounces of oxalic acid to a bucket of lukewarm water. Dip a cleaning brush in this solution and wipe over stain. Use a dry rag to sop away any excess water.

Post Cleaning Sheen

Once the stains are cleaned, apply Tung Oil to the cedar lumber to enhance its natural sheen, color and grain pattern. In addition to brightening the wood, it also works as a protective coat against water and staining.