Normal Maintenance

If neither rain nor hosing does a satisfactory job, just follow these simple instructions:

  • Get an ordinary, long handled car washing brush at your auto supply store.  This brush has soft bristles, and the handle fastens onto the end of your hose, which allows you to wash the fence just like you wash your car.
  • If the dirt is hard to remove, such as soot or grime found in industrial areas, wipe down the fence with a solution made up of the following: 1/3 cup household detergent (e.g. Tide, Fab, or equivalent powder detergent), *2/3 cup household cleaner (e.g. Soilax, Spic & Span or equivalent), * and 1 gallon of water.  We have also found Magic Eraser or similar products work very well in most cases.
  • If mildew is a problem in your area, use the solution previously mentioned, but substitute 1 quart of the water with 1 quart of liquid laundry bleach.
  • If you want to wash down the entire fence, start at the bottom and work up to the top to prevent streaking.
  • If stubborn stains exist, use the following chart.  Follow the precautionary labeling instructions on the cleaning agent container.  Protect shrubs from direct contact with cleaning agents.

Reference to proprietary names is for illustrative purposes only and is not intended to imply endorsement
on the part of OK Vinyl Products for these products.

Staining Agents Cleaning Agents Preparation Special Cleaning
Light oils and greases, heavy greases caulking compound, wax, crayon, asphalt, tars, etc. Solvents – Mineral spirits, V.M.P. naphtha auto tar remover Remove excess with plastic or wood scraper Use soft cloth to apply mineral spirits.  Avoid polishing stained area by using too much pressure.  After removing stain, rinse area with water.
Inks (marking), mail polish, paint, lipstick, gum Cleaning fluid (trichloroethylene) Remove excess with plastic or wood scraper.  Chill gum to remove excess. Use soft cloth to apply cleaning fluid (trichloroethylene).  Avoid polishing stained area by using too much pressure.  After removing stain, rinse area with water.
Rust stains Oxalic acid (auto radiator cleaner), CLR* Make solution of 1 tablespoon of oxalic acid crystals to 1 cup of warm water. Apply oxalic solution with soft bristle brush, wipe with damp cloth, and then flush with rust-free water.  Use rubber gloves and protect eyes and face.
Stubborn stains Xylene, lacquer thinner Try above procedures first Dampen small section of cloth with product, rub vigorously.

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