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How to Keep Your Fence Looking Brand New

June 2022

Summer is officially here! Some of us are installing new fences while others are getting theirs touched up for the season. Either way, learn how to protect your Outdoor Essentials® fence so it can have long-lasting performance.


Vinyl Fences  

It’s no surprise that vinyl is our most popular option for fencing because of the low-maintenance and durability features. Get your fence sparkly clean by using a garden hose to spray off debris (or a power washer for tough residue). You can also use warm water and a small amount of dish soap to scrub off the buildup. If that is not enough, use a mixture of one part bleach and five parts water to remove stubborn debris.


Cedar Fences

Both stained and natural cedar fence components need to be cleaned and protected to maintain their look for years to come.

Mildew Growth

When wood gets frequently exposed to humid conditions, mildew growth will occur. To clean current buildup and slow down the production of future growth, use a power washer to remove loose debris and then give it a good scrub with a cleaner containing mildewcide.

Shrinking and Swelling

Continuous water absorption and loss in wood can cause natural defects like twisting, cupping, warping, checking, and splitting to develop. It is best to apply a water-repellent sealant to reduce the water movement within the boards. Note: you need to make sure your fence is completely dry before applying the sealer.

Ultraviolet Protection

To prevent the original color from fading, apply a water-repellent finish that contains an ultraviolet stabilizer. This step will not prevent fading but will slow down the process of discoloration.

Yearly Maintenance Tips

In addition to cleaning and sealing, here are some application tips for our cedar fences:

  1. Applying a water-repellent sealant: Sprinkle a few drops of water on the surface to test the level of dryness. If the wood immediately absorbs it, you can apply the sealer. If the wood does NOT within 2-3 minutes, wait a few days and then test again before applying the sealer. 

  2. You may be able to clean and recoat every two years depending on the amount of direct sun exposure, foliage coverage, and moisture that the wood receives each year. If you decide to wait two or more years to clean/brighten, you may need to use a power washer.


Vinyl or cedar, yearly maintenance on your fence is essential to maintain its natural beauty year after year by avoiding fungal decay and termite attacks. If you’re looking to install your fence this year, check out our options and where you can find our products!


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