It’s finally time for you to clean your gorgeous iron fence since now it looks quite ugly with dust, rust, and chips all over its surface. No matter how durable the iron fence is, things like this might happen overtimes.
Luckily, cleaning and repairing your iron fence is not as hard as you imagine. You can get the job done all by yourself.
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Below, we have a simple tutorial on How to Clean Wrought Iron Fence that you can use as an ultimate reference.
How to Clean Wrought Iron Fence
Prepare these supplies:
- Mild dish soap
- Touch-up paint
Prepare these tools:
- Plastic container or bowl
- Vacuum with attached brush
- Clean rag
- Small nylon brush or toothbrush
- Paint scraper
- Drill with sanding disc and wire brushes
- Garden hose or pressure water (optional)
- Dust mask
- Eye goggles
The first thing that we have to do is to general clean the fence which is meant to only remove easy dirt on the surface. It’s a simple process that is quite similar to cleaning other household surfaces.
Vacuum the dust
Clean the dusty surface of your wrought iron fence by using the vacuum cleaner with the brush attachment. Make sure to clean as much as loose dirt and grime as possible to ease the rest of the cleaning process.
Brush the dirt
Mix the dish soap and water in a bowl or plastic container. Dip the toothbrush or nylon brush into the cleaning solution and scrub the remaining dirt that the vacuum can’t handle.
Rinse the surface
Once you are sure that the surface of the fence is clean enough, rinse it by using the rag that has been soaked into the water first. Alternatively, you can also use a pressure washer or garden hose to rinse the fence.
Cleaning prior to repainting:
Those are the steps of the fence general cleaning which is only to remove the loose dirt. If you find that your fence has some chips or rust, then you need to continue to the next process.
Scrap the paint
Remove any loose paint by using the paint scraper. You need to make sure that there’s no remaining scrapped paint left on the surface of the paint.
Remove the rust
Remove the mall crevices and rust by using a drill with an attached wire brush. You might want to wear some safety gear like a mask and eye goggles since this step can be pretty messy and dangerous.
You might still find the remaining rust on the surface of the fence, use the sandpaper to remove it.
Clean the surface
Use the rag to thoroughly clean the surface of the fence once you are sure that there’s no rust or chips found.
Repaint the surface
Now your fence is clean from any dirt, rust, and chipped paints, so repainting is necessary. Keep in mind to repaint the fence as soon as possible since the exposed surface of the fence can develop rust quickly.