CLEANING VINYL

Cleaning Your Vinyl Fences 

Vinyl fencing from Mr. Fence is just about the most durable and maintenance-free fencing product you can find for your Bellingham area home or business, but even vinyl fences can get muddy or dusty. Here are some easy ways to ensure your vinyl fences look their best year round. 

Seasonal Cleaning of Vinyl Fencing

All You Need:
  • Hose 
  • Dish soap 
  • Towels 
  • Non-abrasive scrubbing pads 
  • Bucket 
To Clean Your Fence…
  1. Hose down the fence, preferably with a sprayer to apply some added pressure. 
  2. It’s suggested you clean from bottom to top. 
  3. Spraying the fence should remove most dirt, but some areas may require scrubbing. 
  4. Stubborn areas can be scrubbed with a combination of warm water and dish soap. 
    1. It’s advisable to use a non-abrasive scrubbing pad to avoid scratching the vinyl. 
  5. After the fence is clean spray rinse it with the hose one more time.   
Dealing with Tougher Stains 
If your vinyl fencing has stains from grass or mud, dish soap may not be enough to remove them entirely.

All You Need:
  • Non-abrasive scrubbing pads 
  • Bleach 
  • Rubber gloves  
  • Bucket 
  • Hose  
To Remove Tough Stains…
  1. Create a mixture of approximately one part bleach five parts water. This mixture can be changed depending on the stubbornness of the stains, but note that it is not advisable to use a strong bleach mixture if the vinyl fencing is a darker color. White fences should hold up fine even with a one part bleach three part water solution.  
  2. Use a cloth or non-abrasive scrubbing pads to scrub away stains. 
  3. If your fences are darker vinyl it is important to spray and rinse immediately after the stains have been removed to prevent bleaching. 
Dealing with Grease, Tar or Other Stubborn Stains
All You Need:
  • Scraper, preferably wood or plastic  
  • Tar remover, most auto tar removers work 
  • Alternatively you can use paint thinner or mineral spirits  
  • Rubber gloves 
  • Hose 
  • Non-abrasive scrubbing pads or rags  
To Remove Grease, Tar or Other Stubborn Stains…
  1. We suggest you first clean your fence with one of the previous methods before using stronger chemicals. 
  2. It is important to wear rubber gloves and perform this cleaning in a well-ventilated area. 
  3. GENTLY rub the stain – too much pressure can result in a polished spot on your vinyl fence. 
  4. If necessary use the scrapper to try to gently pop off any stuck on tar. 
  5. Rinse the fence thoroughly after the stain is gone.   
Other Cleaning Strategies and Advice
  • The Magic Erasers made by Mr. Clean® are a great non-abrasive option to remove stains from vinyl fencing. 
  • If you do have darker fences be careful with bleach solutions, and it’s advisable to test one small area to ensure the mixture isn’t going to discolor your fence. 
  • If none of the previously mentioned stain removal methods worked for your fence, you can try to forcefully scrub the spot with xylene. 
  • Seasonal cleaning once or twice every year can help prevent stains from setting in on your vinyl fencing.  
  • If your vinyl fence is getting mold or mildew the bleach cleaning method should not only remove the growth but also prevent it in the future.  

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