Vinyl fences are weather-resistant and never need painting or scraping. However, even if they're virtually maintenance-free, that doesn't mean they don't require care! We'll discuss the two most important things you need to do for your fence: cleaning and repairs. As long as you do these two things consistently, your fence will last a long time and require very little work.
We all know that different surfaces need different care, but did you know that vinyl fences have their own cleaning regimen? Since vinyl doesn't warp or fade from sun exposure, there are some special rules for keeping it looking fresh and new.
Here are six quick tips for cleaning your vinyl fence:
1. Spray or wipe down with a pressure washer
2. Check that screws/hardware aren't holding debris
3. Spray fencing with a non-ammonia soap
4. Use cleaners sans bleach
5. Don't scrape!
6. Be careful not to scratch
Vinyl Fence Cleaning Techniques
Suppose you're dealing with tougher stains, such as tar, grease, or rubber marks from lawn care equipment on your vinyl fence. In that case, you can apply a small amount of dishwashing liquid directly to the stain and let it soak for a few minutes. You can then use a soft-bristled brush to scrub away these stubborn stains. Rinse thoroughly with warm water and let the fence dry completely before applying sealer.
If the fence has become heavily stained or discolored, use a garden hose with a concentrated baking soda and water mixture to work on these tough stains. Allow this mixture to soak into the fence for about an hour before rinsing thoroughly. Do not leave the baking soda solution on the vinyl for longer than one hour because it can cause damage.
To treat heavy rust stains, mix a 50/50 cleaning solution of white vinegar and water. Apply it to the stain, allow it to soak for a few minutes, then scrub until the rust spot is gone. Rinse the fence thoroughly with warm water.
How to Clean Algae and Mildew from a White Vinyl Fence
Vinyl fences are susceptible to algae and mildew stains, which can appear as green, yellow, or black spots and patches. You can scrub with soap and water to remove these stains, but this won't kill the algae, mold, or mildew. To prevent the stains from returning, homeowners will need to use something a little more stringent, like white vinegar or chlorine bleach.
(bleach is stronger, but vinegar is nontoxic: be aware that bleach can lighten dark-colored vinyl).
Pour one gallon of water into a bucket, then add one cup of vinegar or bleach mixed with a half-cup of liquid soap detergent. Mix well until thoroughly mixed, and wash the fence clean with a sponge or household scrub brush.
To help prevent the regrowth of this mildew and algae, ensure grass clippings, leaves, and dead bugs are promptly removed from the fence as quickly as possible. You'll also want to keep any vegetation around the fence trimmed so that it does not come into contact with the pickets or panels.
Clean a Vinyl Fence with a Pressure Washer
This detergent is pumped into the machine, mixed with the water, and then delivered through the spray nozzle. One gallon of concentrated detergent costs about $10 and yields up to 26 gallons of cleanser.
If you don't own a pressure washer you can often rent one from a local hardware store for the day.
Vinyl Fencing Structural Repairs
In addition to a routine cleaning schedule, you should also inspect vinyl fencing on a periodic basis to ensure it is structurally sound and able to stand up to the elements.
The following steps will help keep your fence strong and sturdy:
Keeping your Vinyl Fence Clean
If you want to make your vinyl fence look good as new for years to come, call us today! Our team of professionals will come out to clean and repair any damage or worn spots on your vinyl fence. We'll also be sure that all of our work is completed promptly while maintaining an excellent standard of quality. Don't wait until it's too late - contact Columbus Fence Co now to get started preserving your investment ASAP.