There are a plethora of designs, styles, and colors available with vinyl fencing. A huge bonus of this type of fencing is that it’s largely maintenance free. However, it is important to regularly clear your fence of any dirt or debris that builds up over time. If there’s one thing we can’t control – it’s the weather; heavy rain and strong winds can leave stains on your fence from grass, dirt, and grease. Here are some tips for the best methods to clean your vinyl fence panels.
When the cleaning needed is minimal, you can get away with a quick cleaning. Hose down the fence, and most of the work will be done for you. Once that’s finished, clean any additional debris with a sponge or washcloth and some soapy water. You can finish up by spraying the vinyl fence down again.
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If your fence has more difficult stains, a medium level cleaning can sometimes suffice. Things like grass and food stains are likely not going to come down with just some soapy water. In this case, you can use a bit of bleach for the heavier stains, or a mixture of 70% warm water and 30% white vinegar. You will scrub off any buildup with a sponge or other soft material. It will take longer to complete than the minimal cleaning, but it isn’t too much of a hassle.
Heavy cleaning is what is needed when debris and stains build up over time. These can be harder to remove and will require a little hard work to get back to their original color. Start off with the light cleaning method from above to remove anything that isn’t stuck on. Then you’ll want to do a pass, with a different cloth, with mineral spirit to clean the worst stains. Using a scraper can also be an excellent option, but do not cut the surface of the vinyl. Only use a dull plastic scraper. Once you’ve done, rinse your vinyl fences off with another hose bath.
In extreme situations, you can use a Vinyl Siding cleaner. Just don’t use a high-pressure sprayer at close range. They can cut the vinyl.
Be sure to wear appropriate clothing and gloves or a face mask, especially if you choose to use stronger chemicals. Be safe out there!