There are many different projects you can complete with a high-quality pressure washer, including washing your wooden fences. Keep reading to get tips on how to do so with different types of wood. If you need help finding the best pressure washing equipment, contact Hydro Tek at 800-274-9376 right away.
The First Step is Determining What Type of Wood You Are Working With
First and foremost, it is essential to determine what type of wood you are working with. If it is a wood that’s been pressure treated, such as pine and many other surfaces, then you will treat it one way. However, if it is not pressure treated, such as cedar, then you will have a different process. Today we will cover two of the most common types of wood and how to deal with them: Cedar and pressure-treated pine.
How to Pressure Wash a Cedar Wood Fence
Cedar wood fences are much easier to damage compared to a pressure-treated pine fence. As a result, you will need the best pressure washing equipment and the know-how to use it correctly. Generally, you will use a low pressure by either adjust the dial or throttling the engine speed on your pressure washer, depending on the model you have.
Begin with about 1500 pounds of pressure at three gallons per minute. Use a 45-degree angle tip. Push the trigger gun of your washer before you get close to the wood and then slowly close-in on the fence’s surface. Sweep up and down with the tip horizontal or perpendicular to the grain.
As is true of all pressure washing projects, we recommend starting at an out-of-the-way area so that you can test the wood. If it works correctly without scarring the wood then you know you have a good pressure washing technique down.
How to Pressure Washing a Pressure-Treated Pine Wood Fence
In most cases, the boards, rails, and posts on a pressure-treated pine wood fence are going to be hard and durable enough that you can use less caution when pressure washing. That said, you will still need to use the right technique, pressure, and volume – along with the right pressure washing tip.
We once again recommend starting with 1500 pounds of pressure at three gallons per minute, but this time with a 30-degree angle tip. Use the same process of sweeping up and down and trying out a small section of the wood before starting off on the rest of the fence.
If you need help selecting the right pressure washer or pressure washing accessories, or you have questions about the right type of technique, contact Hydro Tek at 800-274-9376 now and let us help you.