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Revitalize A Cedar Fence With Cleaning, Staining, And Sealing Tips

Cedar fences are noted for their rich, earthy tones that complement greenery and other natural features outdoors. Routine maintenance is necessary because the color of cedar can fade or have a greyish appearance after regularly being exposed to sunlight and moisture. Revitalize your property's cedar fence with the following cleaning, staining, and sealing tips.


  • pressure washer
  • detergent
  • hose
  • drill
  • screwdriver
  • wood stain
  • paintbrushes
  • clear sealer

Use A Pressure Washer To Clean Both Sides

Both sides of the fence should be pressure washed to remove dirt buildup, grass stains, and loose debris. If you haven't used a pressure washer before and are going to rent one from an equipment rental facility, request information about how to fill the machine's tank with water and detergent and how to aim the machinery's applicator during the cleaning process so that you are comfortable using the equipment during the cleaning process.

The pressure washer will reduce your workload since you will not have to scrub the cedar surface by hand. After cleaning the fence, plain water needs to be applied to both sides of each cedar board so that soapy film is rinsed off. 

Inspect The Fence And Apply Stain

Stain will revitalize the color of the cedar fence, but before applying stain, inspect the nails and additional hardware that is secured to the fence or gate, and use a power drill or screwdriver to install or tighten any hardware that is missing or loose. Stain can be rolled or brushed onto each side of the fence.

If you would like to ensure that the wood grain is coated sufficiently, choose to use a wide paintbrush so that the bristles press against each fencing panel and transfer an even amount of the stain across each cedar board. 

Use A Clear Sealer To Preserve The Stain

A sealer will cut back on the amount of cleaning that you will need to perform at a later date. The slick surface that a sealing agent possesses will prevent substances from sticking to the fence. Sealer will also keep the color of the stain looking fresh.

Use the same technique that was used with the stain to apply the sealer to each side of the fence. A couple of thin coats of the product should be added to both sides of the fence. Refrain from opening or closing the fence's gate until you are absolutely sure that the sealer has dried. 

If you have any questions about restoring your fence or need help with the process, contact a fence contractor such as Butte Fence for further guidance.