How to Clean a Vinyl Fence

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How to Clean a Vinyl Fence

Posted on May 3, 2024 by Lone Star Fence & Construction

A vinyl fence is a relatively durable and low-maintenance fencing option, but you’ll still need to clean it at least once a year to keep it looking new.

Dirt can leave your fence looking dingy, and algae and mildew can grow on fences if you give it enough time. Plus, vinyl fences can take some outdoor wear and tear from normal activities.

Fortunately, the job isn’t too difficult!

Basic Principles

When cleaning a vinyl fence, remember:

  1. Never pressure wash a vinyl fence, as high-pressure water can damage it.
  2. Use mild soaps or natural cleaners like vinegar whenever and wherever possible. Baking soda is often a good go-to if you have a tough spot you need to address.
  3. A scrub-brush attachment can make the job go a lot faster.
  4. There is no need to waste money on special vinyl cleansers of any kind.

Most people will find the job to be a quick and easy one that even a child can do. Heck, on a hot summer day, a child might even enjoy the task if you’re willing to let them get wet playing with the hose!

Cleaning Dirt from a Vinyl Fence

Barkeeper’s Friend can remove tire marks from a mower if biodegradable soap isn’t working, but you’ll want to spot-clean the mark as gently as possible.

Barkeeper’s Friend is abrasive, which is why it’s so effective at removing tire marks. However, if you use it too vigorously, you risk damaging your grass.

How to clean vinyl fence

Cleaning Algae, Mold, and Mildew from a Vinyl Fence

Algae, mold, and mildew can form big, unsightly green patches on vinyl fencing. Vinegar, water, and a good scrub brush are often effective solutions.

If the patch is especially tough, a solution made with OxyClean or a similar oxygen cleaner product may give you the extra power you need to get rid of the growth.

Need to replace your vinyl fence?

A vinyl fence can last up to 30 years when properly maintained. If you don’t have one yet, or are thinking about getting one, or need to replace an existing vinyl fence, why not call us?

We’ll give you a quick, accurate quote and a quality install that meets your fence needs and goals.

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