Although chain link fences are made to be fairly maintenance free, there are some things to do from both a maintenance and aesthetic standpoint to keep it looking good year after year. This applies to un-coated fences since coated fences will only need a brushing and a cleaning as regular maintenance.
Hose it Off Regularly
Dirt, dust, and bits of plant fiber, especially if you’re regularly cutting or trimming around your fence, may get stuck on the links or posts and trap water particles. Trapped water will eventually cause your fence to rust, which is not only unsightly but can lead to bigger problems over the years. So hose it off regularly, particularly after doing lawn work, to remove any bits of grass or weed clippings. For especially dirty spots, use a brush and an environmentally friendly dish soap solution for proper cleaning. Rinse afterwards.
Steel Wool for Rust Spots
Most rust on a chain link fence will be merely surface rust, which can begin to look ugly and unattractive. Some steel wool and elbow grease will take care of most surface rust problems, but you can also dab on a little rust removing solution to help in the removal if need be.
Mold and Mildew
In high humidity areas or places where the fence is commonly exposed to standing water or wet foliage, mold and/or mildew may begin to form. Although bleach is commonly used to kill and disinfect mold and mildew growths, it is not the most environmentally sound practice when used outdoors.
Straight vinegar, or an environmentally safe mold and mildew removing chemical (which can be found at home improvement or hardware stores,) is a much better option.
Much like rust removal, use steel wool dipped into the solution and scrub the mold/mildew away. Rinse when finished.
Your Chain Link Fence
Whether you have a chain link fence for privacy, security, or to keep critters out of your yard or garden, it is a valuable asset to your property. By keeping it clean and maintaining it regularly, you’ll get a potential lifetime of trouble free use with not a whole lot of effort, and that’s what a chain link fence is all about.