HOW TO CLEAN A VINYL FENCE
Many homeowners are drawn to the glossy, modern look of vinyl fencing, as it is the convenient, low-maintenance alternative to traditional wooden fencing. Not only is it extremely weather resistant, it won't ever rot, splinter, warp or crack. It's also insect-proof and never needs to be painted, scraped or sanded. One of the only downsides is that it tends to show dirt and stains somewhat quickly (particularly on white vinyl fencing).
Algae growth can tint vinyl fencing green or yellow. Algae feed on the sugars and other nutrients that collect on the fence from nearby vegetation. Fortunately, vinyl fences are non-porous, which means that any staining, whether it be from algae, mold and mildew or dirt and leaves, will only be on the surface level. If your fencing starts to accumulate these discolorations and other general grime, it may be time to give it a good pressure washing, rather than a simple spray down with the garden hose.
Cleaning a vinyl fence with bleach can dry out and degrade vinyl, in addition to harming surrounding plants, patios and other surfaces. You should also never use any type of abrasive cleaner, melamine or scouring pad on vinyl fencing. Abrasives can scratch and dull the glossy sheen of vinyl.
Simple Green Oxy Solve Deck and Fence Cleaner is ideal for both manual and pressure washing to lift and remove dirt and debris from fencing. The fast-acting foaming formula eliminates tough stains from mold and mildew, tree sap, pollen, scuff marks, oxidation, weathering and other grime. It utilizes the power of peroxide to provide high-performance cleaning without toxic or abrasive chemicals.
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If you prefer cleaning with a pressure washer, it's best to do it under cooler, non-windy conditions, when the surface you're cleaning is not in direct sunlight. This ensures the cleaner does not dry on your surface before rinsing, and the spray doesn't blow back in your face.
Use the directions below to deep clean your fence at least once a year.
TIP: Each time you mow the lawn, it's a good idea to hose down your fence immediately afterward so algae will not be able to feed on the grass clippings that get blown onto the fence.
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