Vinyl fence is a popular choice of many home and business owners because it is a low maintenance yet decorative fencing solution. Vinyl fence tends to last longer than wood and requires minimal maintenance in comparison to other types of fence materials. Vinyl fence tends to stay cleaner longer than other types of fence materials. This makes maintenance easy. After time, your vinyl fence may begin to build up dirt, mildew and grime. This will detract from the attractiveness of your fence and property. Taking care of this is an easy fix. If you properly clean and maintain your vinyl fence, it will last for many years. Here are simple steps to clean your vinyl fence:
Start by washing off loose debris. You can use a garden hose and a scrub brush if you don’t have a power washer. This will help you to find any areas of the fence that are especially covered in dirt and mildew so you know where to focus your cleaning efforts.
After you spot any trouble areas, you can use a cleaning solution of simple dish detergent and water, or a household product like Simple Green to tackle the dirt. Scrub with a soft brush as needed and wipe the debris away with a clean cloth.
After these cleaning steps, if you are still finding stubborn stains, you can use a small amount of bleach mixed with water, and a soft brush. Make sure to test a small spot on your fence that is not visible so that you can ensure that the bleach does not damage the natural color of your fence.
When using bleach, make sure to take extra care around plants and gardens. Spilling even a small amount of bleach can harm the vegetation in your yard.
You can keep your vinyl fence looking like new and in great shape by planning on cleaning it annually. The best time to do this is in the spring or fall. Maintaining your vinyl fence with a regular cleaning will keep it maintenance free and looking like new for a long time.