How to Remove Fence Staples


Fences are not just for keeping people out. They also keep animals in the yard, provide security from intruders, and give a sense of boundary to your property. Fences are usually made of wood or metal posts cemented into the ground at intervals along their length.

Remove Fence Staples

These posts can be used as handholds for climbing over fences or cut off with a saw to create an opening. However, the cutting process is more straightforward if you first remove any fence staples holding fence wire together on top of the post. In this article, I will discuss how to remove fence staples. So let’s get started.

A Detailed Stepwise Guide on How to Remove Fence Staples

Fence staples are generally used to hold the metal or wooden poles of fencing materials. The holding strength varies depending upon its size. Over time, these staples might get loose and start generating rust leaving behind stains on your fence poles. Rust also weakens the joint between two bars making it difficult to remove the nails when required. However, you can pull them out with pliers, which can cause damage to your fence posts, especially when they are made up of treated lumber materials. If you are looking for an easy way to remove them without damaging your fence posts, read further.

The following steps will help you in removing rusty fencing staples:

In addition, you need a hammer, wire cutters, and needle-nosed pliers.

Step 1:

First of all, you need to locate the rusted staples. By examining your fence posts and looking at the joints where two poles come together, you can find this out. The pin might get covered with dirt or soil, which makes its identification difficult. If that is the case, then take a wire brush and clean it up. After cleaning, you will surely be able to locate them quickly without having any doubts in your mind about their presence.

Rusted Staples

Step 2:

Once you have located them, use needle-nosed pliers and cut off their heads using wire cutters (or snips). Remember not to damage the flat head on which they are attached because it is imperative to remove them quickly.

Step 3:

You can then use the hammer to gently but firmly tap on the staple until it is pushed deeper into the wood so that you can extract it completely. But, do not hit it too hard because this might result in damage to your fence post. Just go easy and take some time while hitting them out of your fence posts. It would help if you were careful while doing this because a mistake might ruin all your efforts to remove rusted staples from your fencing poles.

Step 4:

You can then use a wire brush or sandpaper to remove any rust accumulated on the wood surface. You can also use a putty knife to scrape it off because scraping is very important to remove all rust stains from your wood fencing poles.

Use Sandpaper

Step 5:

If you see that the staples have left behind dark impressions, try using bleach or oxalic acid to get rid of them.

Step 6:

You should then apply three coats of paint on top of your fence pliers and posts, which will ensure protection against rotting and rusting for years together.

Precautions While Removing Fence Staples

  • Wear goggles to protect your eyes from flying debris while using the staple remover or puller. Removing staples with a hammer can cause the metal head of the staple to break off and ricochet into your face or body.
  • Keep pets, children, and bystanders away from the removal area to avoid injury.
  • Make sure you wear close-toed shoes because staples could be hidden in the grass around the fence line.
  • If possible, work during good weather conditions and plan on spending at least thirty minutes removing staples. If it is too cold outside, rain is expected within the next twenty-four hours, or you do not have sturdy gloves, wait until these conditions improve before removing nails. Also, dress appropriately for weather conditions by wearing long sleeves, pants, and gloves.
  • Before removing any staples, make sure the area is well lit with sufficient light to avoid injury.

How to Clean Fence?

Fencing is an investment that will stay with you for the years to come. If it has been installed, the chances are that it would need some repair and cleaning after some time. Moreover, dealing with old fencing can be difficult because there wouldn’t be any warranty left to speak of, ensuring you get the best results. So if you want to save yourself from such hassles, it is better to maintain your fence even or adequately beforehand, for that matter, so that you can enjoy its benefits for a longer duration.

Step 1:

The first step in cleaning your fences is by pressure washing them.Use a pressure washer and use the correct nozzle type so you do not damage the wall.

Cleaning Fences

Step 2:

You can also clean your fences with special cleaning agents and detergents if your wall is made of wood. Make sure that you wear protective clothing, gloves, and safety goggles while using such cleaners. Spray them on one section at a time and then scrub it off once they have soaked in to do away with stains, dirt, or any other impurities that might be left behind on such surfaces.

Step 3:

If your fencing material requires some rust removal, get an abrasive pad and start removing surface rust from the metal fencing material without damaging its shine. Maintaining a fence requires some skills because proper usage of abrasive pads can get rid of rust stains on the metal fence. If you are not confident enough, it is better to let professionals handle this part of fence cleaning.

Step 4:

Once you have removed all rust stains on your fencing material, don’t forget to apply some lubricant or rust protection paint that will keep the new surface free from any future rust formations. You can also clean rusty hinges by using a cotton ball dipped in white vinegar and then scrubbing them with an end of a toothbrush for best results.

Step 5:

Clean accumulated dirt on your fencing with a putty knife or wire brush since they are more effective at getting rid of dirt than other conventional tools like vacuum cleaners or ladders. You must be very careful while using wire brushes or scrapers for this task because they might damage the wood on your fencing.


I hope you have obtained a clear idea of how to remove fence staples. Ensure precautions properly. Thank you and have a nice day!

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