When it comes to traditional fence styles, the wrought iron fence may be a top contender for the most class and elegance. It has a classic buttoned-up look that can give a sense of legitimacy to any property. Because these fences are metal, they’re also very durable and shouldn’t require too much maintenance. While you shouldn’t expect to have to perform too much fence maintenance on a wrought iron fence, there are some ways to prevent rust and keep your fence looking as good as the day it was installed.
Washing and Drying
You may not think much of dirt that builds up on your wrought iron fence, but that dirt and debris can actually be harmful. The salts and water within could cause corrosion, so it’s essential to proactively take care of it. Wash and dry your fence a few times a year. It’s a simple bit of fence maintenance that just requires you to take a soft cloth, soak it with warm water and dish soap, and get to work. For areas that are difficult to get clean, you may need to use an old toothbrush. After you’re done cleaning, make sure you wash any remaining soap off and then dry everything completely with a microfiber cloth.
One significant weakness of a wrought iron fence is rust. You should inspect your fence a few times a year to see if there are any issues. Rust can be removed, so for lighter spots, just buff the area with sandpaper until it all flakes off. Bigger, more problematic areas may require a metal brush or even a cleaner specifically meant for rust. No matter what, wear protective gear such as goggles, gloves, and a mask.
Coats and Paint
One simple kind of fence maintenance is coating and painting. Old fences and new fences alike can benefit from this process, which ultimately helps prevent rust from developing in the future. When looking for the right products, look for oil-based primers that resist rust. Apply it evenly over the surface, let it dry, then apply a layer of oil-based metal paint.
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