Fencing Manufacturer’s Advice On Steel Fence Maintenance

Fencing manufacturers offer advice on how to properly maintain your steel fencing to extend its useful life and beauty. Steel fencing is a wise investment in your property, because it requires far less maintenance than a timber fence, and will outlive vinyl fencing by a decade or more, with a small amount of regular care.

Simple Steel Fence Maintenance

  • Hose It Down – Sometimes, simply spraying the fence down with the hose is all it takes to remove dust and dirt that can cause wear on your fence surface. If you have some tougher spots to clean, read on!
  • Mineral Deposits – If your fence has “crusty” deposits from salt or hard water, it is important to attack these deposits as soon as you see them. Left unchecked, these deposits can corrode galvanized steel or damage powder coating. Using a soft brush and a mild detergent that has no solvents or petroleum products in it. If the detergent’s package warns you to wear gloves while using it, it may be too harsh to use on powder-coated fencing. Be sure to thoroughly rinse the fence after you have finished, because the detergent itself can cause damage if it is left on the fence.
  • Keep A Schedule – Cleaning your fence once or twice a year will keep it looking great and prevent it from deteriorating. The times of year when you should do this depends upon your property. What is most likely to be on your fence, and when does that happen? Is it salt deposits from sea spray, mud splashes from the garden, or maybe mineral deposits from the pool water? Schedule your cleanings to address your fence’s issues before a change of season takes place, if possible.
  • A Word On Power Washing – Power washing your fence can be a faster way to clean dust and dirt, and if your fence finish is in good shape, it should not pose a problem, as long as you keep the power wash nozzle at an appropriate distance. If your fence has mineral deposits or anything greasy on it, power washing will not be as effective as using a soft brush and detergent. If your fence finish is older and has small chips or other damage, power washing can worsen the damage and hasten the demise of your fencing. 
  • Drying – You do not actually need to dry the fence after washing it, but if you care to go the extra mile for that shiny, like-new appearance, use cotton towelling or chamois that has not been treated with fabric softener or any kind of polish or wax. This is a great job for the kids!

Expert Advice And Repair

If you discover, in the course of your maintenance routine, that your fence has something on it that you cannot remove by these methods, or that the fence surface has some damage, Triple Star Fencing can help. Contact us online, chat live with a representative on our website, or call us at 03-9793-1114.