When it comes to building fences, vinyl is easily one of the most popular choices. This is to be expected considering the several benefits it offers over wooden fencing. Vinyl tends to be more durable and is easier to install as well. Moreover, it is a more economical option compared to wood. Finally, it takes less effort to maintain and clean a vinyl fence.
Of course, no matter how much you take care of your fence, it is bound to get dirty sooner or later. Now, many people wonder about the effort required to clean a vinyl fence.
The good thing about vinyl fences is that they are incredibly easy to clean in most cases. Unless the vinyl fence has actually been damaged, cleaning poses little to no difficulty at all. Moreover, you can clean them in an eco-friendly and inexpensive manner.
How to clean a Vinyl Fence – Light Cleaning
If the vinyl fence has nothing more than dirt and dust accumulated on its surface, light cleaning will be enough.
Step 1: Water
Take a hose and spray the vinyl fence with water. A regular garden hose is quite enough but you can always use a pressure washer if required. Water is enough to dislodge light soil and dirt easily.
Step 2: Mild Soap Solution
For this step, you need a bucket of warm water. Add a few drops of detergent or soap and mix it thoroughly.
Take a sponge or a soft rag, dip it into the solution and wipe off the fence. Focus on the areas where dirt and soil are still clinging to the fence. Hose off the fence again and let it dry in the air.
Step 3: Vinegar
Mildew and mold can easily ruin the beauty of a vinyl fence especially one that is white. Unfortunately, they cannot be removed with soap water alone in many cases.
To properly clean out the green gunk, you need white vinegar. Simply add half a cup of white vinegar to the above solution and clean the fence.
How to Clean a Severely Dirty Vinyl Fence
If you have ignored cleaning your fences for a long period of time, the sight of the fences can be distressing. In fact, it is all too easy to give up and pretend that the problem does not exist.
However, you can still clean them with little effort. Here is how you can do:
Extensive Mold: A simple soap and vinegar solution will be incapable of cleaning fences where mold and mildew have run riot. You need to step up your game.
Take some undiluted vinegar in a spray bottle. Spray it over the mildew and mold.
Let it remain for a few minutes before scrubbing it off. Finish it off by hosing with plain water.
Scuff Marks: Rubber from vehicle tires can leave behind black marks. To remove them, simply use a big pencil eraser.
These steps will generally be enough to get rid of dirt and mold on your vinyl fences and restore their original beauty. However, if they don’t work, get in touch with the professionals.