Written by Laura Barnsley
Vinyl fencing ultimately requires very little maintenance, but depending on the environment the fence is existing in, they can become quite dirty and need cleaning from time to time.
The question of how to clean vinyl fencing comes around pretty frequently here at Frederick Fence Co, so this is for all the vinyl-cleaning-inquisitive minds out there!
There are many options on the market to choose from, so we have simplified the chaos into a trustworthy list of options to make it as stress free as possible for our customers! Take a look and you can decide what will work best for you and your fence.
Roll out the Pressure Washer
Pressure washing is a great way to get that vinyl clean QUICK. For some, this can seem like the ONLY option if you have a lot of fence area to cover. Scrubbing that entire thing by hand just does not sound very appealing. The product we recommend to use alongside the pressure washing method is Simple Green House and Siding Cleaner.
The great thing about this product is that you can use it on so many things! Done washing the fence? Great! Do your house and your walkway! You can even use it on wood and stucco. It is sold at your local Sherwin Williams, Home Depot, and Walmart. The price ranges from $12– $16, depending on where you go. Follow the link to see a video about this easy and efficient option: https://simplegreen.com/products/pressure-washer-house-siding-cleaner/
If you don’t have a pressure washer, it might be something to consider investing in if you have a very large vinyl fence! Again, who wants to scrub that whole thing? Walmart has a small option for as little at $60. There are also companies in the area who rent out pressure washers. Rentals Unlimited has a $65 charge for a 4 hour long rental time. Check around and see what kind of rental options are available in your local area.
Get a Store Bought Cleaner and Use Your Hose
The easiest option next to pressure washing is getting a cleaner that hooks up to your hose. This makes it possible to spray the solution onto the fence, and you do not have to worry about mixing the right amounts. This method may not be as fast or efficient, but it saves you from having to figure out how to get ahold of a pressure washer. We have done some research and found the best reviewed cleaning solution so you don’t have to. . .
Don’t be deterred by the label. This solution is meant to be used on Vinyl house siding, so it is perfectly recommendable for your vinyl fence! This solution will take care of all that green mold and algae, as well as the dirt and debris. You can get a 64oz size bottle for $10 in stores.
Make your own Vinegar Solution
This is the answer for those who are looking for something that is cheap, even though it will involve a little more elbow grease. This is also a great option if all you need to do is spot clean or own a small amount of fencing.
Add 1 cup of distilled white vinegar to every 1-2 gallons of water. Depending on how much cleaning power you need and how much vinegar smell you can take, use more or less. We recommend adding some dish soap for a little extra cleaning power.
Use a rag (or a magic eraser for better results) to wipe the fence down with this solution. Once you are finished, use a hose to do a final rinse and you’re done!
A few things to keep in mind:
You might have to repeat the steps with this solution if your fence is extremely dirty.
Vinegar can harm plants. Even though this solution is mostly water, just keep it away from the plants as much as possible.
Some mixtures of cleaners can be very toxic. An example of this is vinegar and bleach. Just be careful to read labels before you start concocting in order to keep you and everyone around you safe during the fence cleaning process.
We hope these tips and tricks make your life with vinyl a little easier!