The Q&A Archives: Cleaning Fence

Question: how or what is best to clean a vinyl fence

Answer: The first thing to do when cleaning off your vinyl fence is to spray it down with a garden hose. You can use a spray nozzle on your hose to make this easier. When cleaning your fence, be sure to start at the bottom and go up in order to prevent streaking. This will remove most loose dirt, dust, and other filth easily without having to scrub the fence. Anything left on the vinyl fence after spraying it with the garden hose should wipe off easily with a wet rag. For tougher spots you can mix dish washing detergent with water and use a rag to try and wipe the fence clean. Since vinyl fences have a very glossy and slippery surface they are usually easy to clean because they do not have a porous surface for dirt and other grime to stick to. If your vinyl fence still won't come clean after completing the above steps then you are most likely dealing with some sort of unnatural stain from food, candy, ink, soot, etc. To remove stains like this from your vinyl fence you will need to mix up a water and bleach solution that should be able to get the vinyl back to it's smooth and shiny state. You won't need to use a whole lot of bleach; using a very diluted bleach mixture usually works fine. Even if your vinyl fence is not white you should be able to use bleach without altering the color of the fence. If you have kids you may have discovered that most types of popsicles will stain vinyl fences. Don't freak out when this happens because by using the bleach solution the stain will come out easily. This is true for most stains caused by food.

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