You may have noticed that more and more new builds in your local area are opting for a timber cladding finish, as it’s a stylish exterior facing material, with a whole host of great qualities. If you’re wanting something which is aesthetically pleasing, strong yet lightweight, and environmentally friendly – it’s got it all! Another added benefit is that timber cladding can easily be rejuvenated and restored if it has weathered over time. No natural product is entirely maintenance free and as with all timber surfaces, it will require an amount of upkeep in order for it to remain looking as good as new and to shield it against the elements, but you’ll be pleased to hear it’s not an exhaustive or complicated task.
Keep reading to find out our 3 step guide to cleaning your timber cladding. Please note these tips are for smaller buildings and surfaces, we recommend for buildings such as high-rise flats or large commercial properties that you enlist the help of a professional.
- Gather your tools
The tools you require are inexpensive and some you will be able to find underneath your kitchen sink. You can purchase specialised timber cleaning products if you wish, which do remove mould and dirt very effectively, but you can also use household products instead, such as washing up liquid (never bleach!). You’ll also need a bucket and extendable mop and if your building has areas which are hard to reach, a ladder. You could use a pressure washer if you have one or are prepared to hire one, which will save you a fair amount of time and effort and is really effective at removing all the grime which has embedded over time.
- Get washing!
If you’re opting to use the age old method of a mop and bucket, then you can pretty much get straight to work! You can have the water slightly warm, but not hot. If you are using timber cleaning products, you will need to read the instructions on the bottle to find out how much to water it down by. If using washing up liquid, a little goes a long way, make sure you don’t overdo it with the bubbles.
If you are going to be using a pressure washer, you will need to test a patch before to ensure the pressure isn’t too high. If it’s too strong you can actually end up damaging the wood so you need to proceed with caution. Once you get it right though, you’ll have cleaned the whole surface in no time and will no doubt see a big difference. Try and get into all of the gaps where dirt will typically gather.
- Treat it right
We advise that you always try to purchase wooden cladding which is pre-treated as is will last longer. We only stock pressure treated timber cladding to ensure good quality. Once you have cleaned your surface, and it’s completely dried out you will need to add a layer of sealant, to help protect it from water and the sun. There are lots of different types on the market but we advise you go for a mid-range product, rather than poor quality. Always follow the directions on the tin, and always go for two coats.
We hope these tips have helped you and we recommend you complete this process on a yearly basis in order to prolong the life of your timber cladding. If you need any more help please give us a call on 01409 231763