tips on cleaning tree logs:
1. Start by sawing the log in half lengthwise. This will give you a flat surface to work with and make the log easier to handle.
2. Use a power washer or hose to wet down the log. Be sure to get both sides of the log wet.
3. Mix up a solution of equal parts bleach and water in a bucket. Bleach will kill any mold or mildew that may be present on the log.
4. Use a scrub brush to apply the bleach solution to the log, scrubbing it well into all nooks and crannies.
5 Let the solution sit on the log for about 15 minutes before rinsing it off with clean water from your hose or power washer.
Step 1: Soften Deposits. Begin the cleaning process by by spraying the tree trunk with cold water
If the tree trunk is very dirty, use a garden hose to spray it off. Otherwise, you can just use a bucket of cold water and a sponge.
Next, apply a cleaning solution to the tree trunk. You can either make your own cleaner by mixing 1 part vinegar with 4 parts water, or you can purchase a commercial cleaning solution designed for outdoor surfaces.: If you are using a homemade vinegar solution, be sure to wear gloves and eye protection while applying it.
Allow the cleaning solution to sit on the tree trunk for at least 5 minutes before scrubbing.: This will give the cleaner time to break down any deposits on the surface of the tree trunk.
Step 2: Scrub Deposits Away. Use a stiff brush or scrubber pad to remove any dirt, grime, or other deposits from the tree trunk.: Be sure to rinse away all of the cleaning solution after scrubbing.
Step 3: Pressure Wash Tree Trunk (Optional). If stubborn deposits remain after scrubbing, you may need to use a pressure washer on low setting.: Be careful not to damage the bark when pressure washing by keeping the tip of your pressure washer at least 6 inches away from the surface of the tree trunk at all times.
Step 3: Scrub the Bark Lightly
If you have a pressure washer, give the logs a light going-over with that. If not, use a garden hose with a sprayer attachment to rinse off the tree logs. You don’t need to scrub them too hard-just enough to remove any dirt or debris that’s clinging to the bark.
Once they’re wet, use a soft-bristled brush (a toothbrush works well) to scrub any remaining dirt or grime from the bark. Be careful not to scrub too hard, as you could damage the delicate bark.
Rinse off the logs once more and let them dry completely in the sun before moving on to Step
Step 4: Rinse and Buff
Now that your logs are clean and dry, it’s time to give them a good rinse. This will help remove any soap residue and prevent streaks. Use a garden hose with a spray nozzle set to “shower” or “mist.” Start at the top of the log and work your way down, making sure to rinse evenly.
Once you’ve rinsed the logs, take a soft, clean cloth and buff them dry. This will help bring out their natural luster and make them look even more beautiful.