How to Clean a Vinyl Fence?

Vinyl fences are a practical solution as compared to traditional wooden fences. In addition to the fact that they do not rot, they generally do not need to be painted. However, it is important to mention that keeping them clean is quite difficult since they tend to get dirty easily. Fortunately, you can achieve this by applying a cleaning agent of your choice and considering other cleaning methods, such as using a pressure washer.
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Use Household Products to Clean a Vinyl Fence

  1. Use vinegar or dish soap

You can choose from a wide range of cleaning products to use to clean your fence. However, the two that are the easiest to use, in addition to being effective, cheap and safe are vinegar and dish soap.

Vinegar is a perfect natural product that you probably already have at home.

Mild dishwashing liquids will help you get rid of dirt, mildew and more.

2. Prepare a cleaning solution H3

After choosing the cleaning agent to use for cleaning your fence, mix it with water to prepare a cleaning solution.
If you have opted for vinegar, use 240 ml (one cup) that you will add to 8 liters of water.
If you want to use washing-up liquid, add a few scoops (depending on the brand) to 8 liters of water.

3. Scrub the fence

After dipping a rag or other fabric into your solution, rub the fence with it. You'll need to make sure you do this correctly to remove as much dirt and stain as possible.
Scrub the fence in circular or back-and-forth motions to make sure you clean it thoroughly.
Make sure you have plenty of clean cloths, as they will tend to get dirty very quickly, so you will need to change them to continue cleaning.
You can use a cleaning brush to clean the dirtiest parts of the fence.
Consider using an extra bucket filled with water to rinse off the rag once you've scrubbed part of the fence.

4. Rinse the fence

Do this using a hose with a spray nozzle (gun). Begin by directing the stream of water upwards while moving horizontally. In this way, the water will drain the waste downwards. Then slowly descend along the fence, while continuing to move in the horizontal direction.
If you don't rinse it, the cleaning solution and dirt will stick to it and as a result, it will always look dirty.

Remove stubborn stains from a Vinyl Fence

  1. Consider using a specific solvent

If the use of dishwashing liquid or vinegar has proven ineffective, it would be better to use a specific solvent. Some are designed to help remove dirt and debris from vinyl fences.
You can get it at a hardware store. Look for specific products for cleaning vinyl siding and fencing.
These solvents often come with their own sprayer. However, if yours is not, it may be necessary to pour them into garden sprayers or similar devices.

2. Pour a water solution made with bleach on your fence

If you've used another method and you're still having trouble removing stains from your fence, use a bleach solution. Mix 80 ml (1/3 cup) of liquid detergent, 100 ml of bleach and 4 liters of water. Pour the solution into a garden spray bottle and spray it on your fence.
Do not use this solution on fences that are not white.

3. Try a pressure washer

If no other method has worked to effectively clean your vinyl fence, use a pressure washer. The high pressure water jet will help loosen dirt or stains.
Consider renting or buying one at the nearest hardware or DIY store.
Try to use the pressure washer with only water before mixing chemicals in it.
If you want to add a chemical product to the water contained in the device, you will have to pour it into a tank that the high pressure cleaner designed for this purpose must have. The device will automatically mix the products with the water already present when you go to spray it to clean the fence.

4. Use different methods and repeat this as needed

Repeat the cleaning process in case you used one method and your fence still looks dirty. Also, you can try another one. Generally, fences that are exposed to the weather will accumulate a lot of dirt and take a long time to clean.
Feel free to try different cleaning methods.
You may need to use the same method multiple times to get the desired result.

Clean a Vinyl Fence Safely

  1. Rinse the area well

In addition to rinsing the fence until the chemical odor is gone, consider spraying the area well with water until you can no longer see any traces of products, such as the foam.
If you are in an area with a shallow aquifer, avoid using petrochemical cleaners.

2. Read the instructions on the chemical packaging

Before using such a product, you should take the trouble to read the instructions carefully. This is important because not all products have the same recommendations for how to use them.
For example, different products require different proportions to be properly diluted.
Follow instructions for specific safety equipment. For example, if a product recommends the use of safety glasses, wear them.

3. Avoid letting animals or young children play in the area

This is essential, as they can expose themselves to toxic cleaning agents.
Keep dogs and other animals indoors or in a part of the yard away from the fence.
Avoid letting small children play near the fence until the ground is dry.
09 /12/ 2022
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