Maintenance

How to clean and maintain a vinyl fence

How To Clean A Vinyl Fence

Step 1

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.

Step 2

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.

Step 3

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.

Step 4

Wash down the entire fence, start at the bottom and work up to the top to prevent streaking.

Step 5

Follow the precautionary labelling instructions on the cleaning agent container. Protect shrubs from direct contact with cleaning agents.

Advanced Cleaning Instructions

Light oils and greases, heavy greases caulking compound, wax, crayon, asphalt, tars, etc.

Preparation

Remove excess with plastic or wood scraper

Special Cleaning Procedures

Use a soft cloth to apply mineral spirits. Avoid polishing stained areas by using too much pressure. After removing the stain, rinse the area with water.

Inks (marking), nail polish, paint, lipstick, gum

Preparation

Remove excess with plastic or wood scraper. Chill gum to remove excess.

Special Cleaning Procedures

Use a soft cloth to apply cleaning
fluid (trichloroethylene). Avoid
polishing stained areas by using too much pressure. After removing the stain, rinse the area with water.

Rust stains

Preparation

Make a solution of 1 tablespoon of oxalic acid crystals to 1 cup of warm water.

Special Cleaning Procedures

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.

Rust stains

Stubborn stains

Preparation

Try above procedures first

Special Cleaning Procedures

Dampen a small section of the cloth with the product, rub vigorously.