5 Spring Cleaning and Maintenance Tips for Your Chain Link Fence
Spring has finally arrived, and while many take this opportunity to clean in and around the home, it’s also a good time to clean and check over your chain link fence. One of the best aspects of a chain link fence is how easy it is to clean and maintain, which helps to keep it looking good and functioning for the longest time possible.
Here are 5 Spring Cleaning and maintenance tips for your chain link fence:
1. Clean with steel wool to prevent rust
One of the biggest types of wear on a chain link fence is rust. Posts and the chain link are susceptible to rusting over time, but this can be held off with a good clean. For this, get some steel wool and vigorously scrub away at any problem areas.
You can also combine this with a commercial rust-cleaning product, which are sold at most hardware stores. In this case, just follow the manufacturer’s guidelines. Also, don’t forget to wear protective gloves!
2. Cleaning away dirt and grime
Not all chain link fences need to have rust cleaned away – in many cases its just dirt and grime that need to be scrubbed off. There are a few options when it come stop this, with liquid soap combined with water being an effective choice.
However, using borax and water is another great choice, working well to clean while acting as a natural pesticide. Combine two cups with around 3 liters of water into a sprayer, coat the fence, leave for ten minutes and then rinse with a hose or power washer.
3. Oil necessary parts
Once clean, it always a good idea to oil parts of your chain link fence. This is mainly around any gates featured on the fence, including the latch and hinges, along with any joints and springs making noises when in use. Mineral oil is the best choice to maintain a chain link fence.
Gate hinges may have rust accumulating, so be sure to scrub this off with steel wool prior to oiling. This should keep opening and closing without any problems.
4. Look for loose screws, nails, and bolts
Loose nails and screws are a big reason for chain link fence repairs, so to prevent this be sure to check along the posts for signs of anything coming loose. Take the time to tighten any slack screws and bolts, while replacing or reinserting any loose nails.
Be especially mindful of the gate section if you have any, as this is the most used part of the fence so it is most likely to have loose parts.
5. Inspect posts to ensure they sit properly
Replacing chain link posts is quite the nuisance, so to avoid the need for this check every post on your fence. Make sure it is securely in the ground, sitting at a right angle in an upright position. If loose, you may need to remove and reinsert into the ground, ensuring it is secure and sitting correctly.
Call Diamond Fence Co. for all your fencing needs. Serving the Inland Empire area, we sell, design, and install chain link fences and barbed wire for residential and commercial properties. We have a retail showroom at our location in Redlands, and would be happy to give you a free, no obligation estimate for any need you have for fencing, cages, kennels, barbed wire, backstops, and many more applications. Basically, if it’s chain link anything, we can do it, with your satisfaction guaranteed. For any questions, or to schedule an appointment, contact us online or give us call at (909) 307-8255 today!