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  • Writer's pictureDavid Grier Jr

How to Pressure Wash a Fence

How to Pressure Wash a Fence To keep your fence in top condition, learning how to pressure wash a fence is crucial so you don’t damage your fencing. At Premier Fence Fort Mill, we care about helping our customers understand fence maintenance.

How to pressure wash a fence by fence type Wood: You should use a pressure washer with a max of 1800 PSI; anything higher could damage your wood fence. Wear safety goggles and gloves to protect your hands and eyes.

  • Prep the area by removing loose debris or plant material. Trim plants and bushes leaning on your fence to clear a small space between your landscaping and fence.

  • Cover any plants or other items near your fence with a tarp that you don’t want to get wet.

  • If you use a detergent to clean your fence, wet your fence on a low setting first so the detergent will penetrate. Before using the sprayer, use a scrub brush to spot clean any overly dirty areas.

  • Attach the detergent to the sprayer nozzle and spray the fence on a low setting, working in sections from the bottom to the top following the wood grain. Let sit for 10-15 minutes.

  • Rinse the fence on a high-pressure setting, working from the top to the bottom in sections. Be careful not to get too close to the fence, or you will damage the wood.

  • Let dry before applying stain or sealant.

Vinyl Fence Vinyl: Pressure washing a vinyl fence is the same as a wood fence except for a few changes. Premier Fence Fort Mill recommends using a pressure washer with a maximum pressure of 2000 PSI. Any higher PSI and you could easily damage your fence.

Follow the steps outlined above on how to pressure wash a fence. The only exception is to avoid using any harsh chemicals or bleach. Use a mild detergent or a commercial fence-cleaning product.

Remember to always work in sections when cleaning your vinyl fence. Spray detergent from bottom to top. Let set for 10-15 minutes, then rinse with water from top to bottom.

Aluminum Fence Aluminum: Do not pressure wash an aluminum fence. Premier Fence Fort Mill advises against pressure washing because it can damage your fence and cause corrosion.


To clean an aluminum fence, wash with a mild detergent like Dawn and water solution, then rinse with a hose. Do not use bleach or harsh chemicals, and avoid scrubbing too hard. For stubborn stains, scrub heavily stained areas first with a soft-bristled brush, but don’t scrub too long in any one spot to avoid damaging your fence’s finish. Advantages of using a professional fence company to pressure wash your fence

If you have never used a pressure washer and are uncomfortable with how it works, you could easily damage your fence. A professional fence company will do the job right and guarantee their work.

They have all the equipment, tools, and expertise to get the job done quickly, saving you time and money. Their maintenance service is very affordable and easy to schedule. Any repairs can be taken care of prior to pressure washing, ensuring your fence is in perfect condition before cleaning.

A professional fence company understands the proper cleaning techniques for each fence type and the correct pressure setting to clean your fence without damage.

If you want a sealer or wax applied after cleaning your fence, a professional company can take care of this in a fraction of the time it would take you to seal your entire fence.

Service you can rely on

At Premier Fence, we care about our customers. Our exceptional customer service has made us one of the top fence companies in the greater Charlotte, NC, area.

Our expert installers are highly knowledgeable and experienced. We use only the finest materials, offer competitive pricing, and guarantee your satisfaction.

We are here to assist you with any maintenance issues or answer any questions you may have about fencing in general. Contact us for more information.

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