If you have a vinyl fence around your yard, you know how much of an asset it can be. Not only does a vinyl fence provide great curb appeal and privacy, but it also requires minimal maintenance.
Carnahan-White explains how to properly clean and maintain your vinyl fence.
Tools and Materials Needed
Cleaning a vinyl fence will go smoothly if you have the right tools and materials prepared.
Here is a list of the things you’ll need to effectively clean your vinyl fence:
- Hose or Pressure Washer: You’ll need either a hose or a pressure washer to spray and rinse your vinyl fence.
- Bucket: You will need a bucket to mix the cleaning solution.
- Cleaning Solution: You can use a commercial cleaning solution, or you can make your own by mixing 1 cup of white vinegar, 1 cup of ammonia, and 1⁄2 cup of baking soda with a gallon of warm water.
- Soft Bristle Brush: You’ll need a soft-bristle brush to scrub your vinyl fence.
- Microfiber Towel or Cloth: You can use a microfiber towel or cloth to dry off the fence after cleaning.
- Rubber Gloves: If you’re using a commercial cleaning solution, you might need to use rubber gloves to protect your hands.
Having these tools and materials ready before you begin cleaning will make the process go smoothly.
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Steps to Take
Cleaning a vinyl fence is relatively easy and straightforward. Here are the steps to follow to ensure your fence looks its best:
Step 1: Get the cleaning solution ready
Start by preparing a cleaning solution. You can use a mixture of dish soap and warm water, the homemade mixture we suggested, or a specialized vinyl fence cleaner. Follow the instructions on the cleaner’s packaging for the best results.
Step 2: Power wash the fence
Remove any caked-on dirt or debris from your vinyl fence by hosing it down or using a power washer. This step will make it easier to spot any difficult areas that require more attention and scrubbing. Be sure to start off with your power washer on a low setting, then slowly increase it to avoid damaging the fence.
Step 3: Use a brush and cleaning solution to scrub any difficult spots
Dip a soft-bristled brush into your cleaning solution and start scrubbing any spots that didn’t come off during the initial spraying. Brush gently to avoid scratching the fence’s surface.
Step 4: Rinse the fence with a hose or power washer
Once you have finished scrubbing, rinse the fence off thoroughly with your hose or power washer. Make sure you remove all traces of soap to avoid leaving streaks on your fence.
And that’s it! Your vinyl fence should look clean and bright again. Don’t forget to rinse your tools and store them safely for future use.
Pro Tip: To prevent your fence from getting dirty too quickly, you can apply a vinyl fence protectant to keep it looking its best for longer. You should also remove any organic debris, such as leaves and bird droppings, as soon as possible.
Maintaining Your Vinyl Fence
Once you have given your vinyl fence a thorough cleaning, keep it maintained to ensure its longevity and visual appeal. Luckily, there are some easy ways to maintain your vinyl fence year-round.
Schedule regular cleaning sessions to remove any dirt, grime, and stains. Frequent cleaning will help you avoid having to use harsh chemicals to remove stains, which can cause damage to your fence over time.
Address Damage Quickly
If you notice any damage, make sure to address it quickly to prevent further damage from occurring. Vinyl fences are prone to cracking in extreme cold or under significant pressure. Small cracks can be easily repaired with vinyl repair kits, which are available at most home improvement stores.
Trim Overgrown Vegetation
Keep vegetation trimmed away from your vinyl fence. This will help prevent any damage from creeping plants that may climb up your fence. Additionally, trimmed vegetation will prevent the fence from getting wet or damp from water runoff.
Prevent any stains from forming by regularly cleaning any surface mold, mildew, or moss on your fence. You can use a simple solution of bleach and water to remove any mold or mildew. If moss is the issue, use a power washer to remove it, as scraping it off can damage your fence.
With proper maintenance, your vinyl fence can last for years to come.