One outstanding benefit of vinyl fencing is its ease of maintenance. You will never need to repaint or restain your vinyl fence as you would with wooden fences, saving you significant time and money over the years. However, you still need to take good care of your vinyl fence to keep it looking fresh and beautiful for years to come.
You can wash off most dirt with a mild soap and water solution. But for heavier stains, you can use non-toxic household cleaners and then rinse with a garden hose. While it’s perfectly okay to wash your vinyl fence by hand, you can also opt for the speed of a power washer. But whichever method you choose, it’s relatively easy to remove dirt, grass clippings, dirt and other stains off a vinyl fence to keep it looking as new as possible.
Here are some caring tips for vinyl fencing:
Regularly Rinse with a Garden Hose
All you need is a simple spray of a garden hose to keep your vinyl fencing looking fresh and new. Attach a spray nozzle to the garden hose and give your vinyl fence a quick bath after every 1-2 months. This will effectively rinse off surface dirt and ensure the debris doesn’t get caked on the fence over the years.
Use a Gentle Bleach-based Cleaner with a Soft Brush
Using a gentle cleanser with a soft brush can help eliminate spots and stains that a garden hose fails to get rid of. This is a great option if you spot any stubborn dirt clinging to your vinyl fence. It takes a little more elbow grease to clean off such dirt, and a soft cloth or brush with a mild bleach-based cleanser applied directly to the spot should remove it.
Just ensure you avoid a stiff brush, as it could easily scratch your vinyl fence. And if you have a tan vinyl fence, avoid a solution with bleach. Always test any cleaning agent on a tiny, inconspicuous area of your vinyl fence to ensure it doesn’t cause damage or discoloration.
A pressure washer can come in handy when cleaning a very dirty vinyl fencing system that has been neglected for several years. The high pressure from the water will effectively remove dirt spots and tough stains that a simple garden hose sprayer won’t eliminate. Mildew can also be a problem with vinyl fences. It appears as black spots and often begins to show up in areas where rain doesn’t fall, like deck enclosures and under eaves. Pressure washing can eliminate such stains and make your vinyl look as good as new.
While vinyl fences are generally maintenance-free, you need to take good care of them to prolong their lifespans. With these simple, caring tips, your vinyl fence will look fresh and new for several years to come. If you’re considering vinyl fencing for your home or business premises, please contact our fencing consultants for a free estimate!