September 4, 2009, Newsletter Issue #183: Preparing your Fence for Pressure Washing

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The best friend to wash your fence will be your pressure washer combined with a wide-angle tip of 25 to 40 degrees creates a wider spray to protect the wood from damage.

**Do not use a hot water pressure washer on your fence.**

Good quality cold-water power washing equipment that reaches pressures between 500 and 800 psi is all you need to do the job properly.

* Test the power washer away from the fence first, to get used to the feel in your hand.
* Practice sweeping an arc with the spray, ending each stroke up and away from the surface. With this motion you will avoid leaving marks on the fence were the cleaning stroke starts.
* Test the pressure washer on a small section of the fence to make sure that the pressure is adjusted correctly and the spray will not cause any damage to wood.

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