PVC vinyl fences make excellent additions to any yard. They are durable, classically beautiful, and easy to maintain. But occasionally, your vinyl fence will get dirty, especially after lots of unpredictable summer weather. So what can you do when your fence is looking less than clean? Fortunately for owners of vinyl fences, there are several ways to clean a vinyl fence that are affordable and stress-free. Depending on the stains you are facing, the following methods can help assist you in cleaning your vinyl fence.
Spray Off Your Vinyl Fence With a Hose
When cleaning your vinyl fence, always start by spraying the stain with a hose. This will easily remove any loose dirt or grime with minimal damage to your fence. Adding a high-pressure nozzle to your hose, you can remove even more dirt.
Use a Simple Cleaning Solution
Using a simple cleaning solution combined with a magic eraser or simple soft sponge will help you reach the cracks and crevices of your vinyl fence. You can create your own solution by mixing a small amount of dish soap with a bucket of warm water and agitating it until it turns sudsy. For large areas, you can dip in a dish towel and wipe down the fence.
However, if you are cleaning a vinyl fence with some mold or mildew problems, creating a cleaning solution with vinegar instead of soap may be more effective.
If the above steps are not enough for your stained fence, you can try cleaning your vinyl fence with bleach. Create a cleaning solution, but instead of adding dish soap add one part bleach for every five parts of water. Make sure to wear rubber gloves when cleaning to protect your hands.
Use a Pressure Washer
A pressure washer can be an effective way to clean your vinyl fence by packing more power than a regular garden hose. Look for a pressure washer with around 2,000 or 2,800 PSI that will clean your fence without damaging it.
Use a Specialized Cleaner for Specific Stains
Iron and mold stains can be particularly stubborn, so you may need a specialized cleaner. For red iron stains, you can use a specialized vinyl fence cleaner. If mold and mildew are an issue, you may consider a protective mold prevention coating.
However, it is important to remember that if you are diligent about noticing stains and dirt as they appear, and cleaning them promptly, specialized cleaners will most likely be unnecessary. If you spray down your vinyl fence once a week and give it a basic soapy wash every few weeks, you can preserve the fence’s integrity.
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