Vinyl Fencing 101: 3 Helpful Cleaning Tips

25 April 2016
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Vinyl fencing is popular with homeowners due to its design, low price point, and ease of use. While it's true that vinyl fencing is easy to install and maintain, it isn't without the need for upkeep. Like any other type of fencing, vinyl does need routine cleaning to maintain its beauty and strength.

So how should you clean a vinyl fence? Here are three tips:

1. Utilize Erasers

A standard wedge-style eraser is a great tool to have for cleaning your vinyl fencing. It's affordable, easy to use, and works great for removing scuff marks. Whether from shoes or tires, simply rub the eraser over the scuff. It should easily remove the mark. When done, simply wipe the area with a soft cloth to remove residue.

2. Avoid Harsh Chemicals

Vinyl may be strong, but it can easily become weak when exposed to harsh chemicals. In addition, harsh chemicals can ruin your lawn or garden. So when it comes to cleaning, avoid all harsh chemicals and opt for something a little safer. Biodegradable soap and white vinegar both work well for cleaning. The soap will easily remove dirt and debris, while the vinegar will disinfect.

To get your fence super clean, start by washing it with soap and water. Rinse away the soap and then wash it again with vinegar. Rinse and let dry. If you are treating mold or mildew, do not rinse the vinegar away. While it might smell odd initially, the smell will dissipate and the mold and mildew will be gone.

If you need something to scrub your fence with, consider using baking soda. Baking soda is gritty, which makes scrubbing your fence easier. Just make a paste with the baking soda using equal parts baking soda to water. Apply the paste to the fence and scrub to remove dirt, debris, and stains. When done, rinse and let dry.

3. Do Not Use Hose Attachments

It might be tempting to use a pressure washing attachment on your garden hose; however, it isn't a good idea. The pressure washing attachment is very harsh and it can really take its toll on your fence. The pressure can cause the fence to become loose. It could also wash away the paint. So when cleaning your fence with the hose, just use the hose as is--and avoid using attachments. This will still clean your fence, but it won't ruin it.

Keeping vinyl fences clean might seem difficult, but it isn't. With these three tips, along with routine maintenance, your vinyl fencing is sure to stay beautiful and strong for years to come.