So you’ve recently installed a new vinyl fence on your property, and want to make sure it stays looking like new as long as possible, but aren’t quite sure where to start. Luckily for you, vinyl fences are among the easiest forms of fencing to maintain.
Hurricane Fence Company is here with all you need to know on keeping your vinyl fence looking as good as the day you got it. If you are looking to have a fence installed on your property, contact us today at 804-353-6030 to get your free estimate!
Quick & Easy Weekly Rinse
If you’re starting with a fresh slate (i.e. your fence has just been installed) a quick, weekly rinse with a garden hose should keep your fence looking brand spankin' new for quite some time! We recommend a high-pressure nozzle for the best results here.
Of course, at some point, your fence will need a bit more TLC than this. Run-of-the-mill wear & tear or some stubborn stains are to be expected, but most issues can be solved relatively simply with either a rinse or one of the following tips!
The Magical Magic Eraser
Mr. Clean’s Magic Eraser is a king among cleaning products. In addition to its advertised use of walls, floors, and tiles, the Magic Eraser also makes a great companion for maintaining your vinyl fence!
Although there are many stains the Magic Eraser can’t handle, for most of your everyday blemishes, it’s a sure bet!
It is easy enough to make a basic, general-purpose cleaner at home with things you already have laying around. Simply add a few squirts of dish soap to a bucket and add warm water. Make sure you get the water nice and sudsy while filling the bucket. Then, just use a washcloth to wipe away stains & dirt.
If you are looking for something more heavy-duty, there are plenty of recipes online involving everything from lemon peals and peppermint to baking soda and vinegar.
To be perfectly clear, we are not recommending you use plain old bleach to clean your vinyl fence, as the bleach is easily strong enough to break down the color and material of your fence. Instead, similarly to the dish soap cleaner above, use only a small amount of bleach mixed with warm water. The Best Vinyl website recommends a ratio of 1 part bleach to every 5 parts of water to take care of just about any stain that comes your fence's way.
(For information on safely handling bleach products, follow these CDC guidelines.)
Consistency Is Key
Like practicing a sport or learning a musical instrument, consistency is key in keeping your fence looking new. If you are looking for long-lasting maintenance solutions, you should be rinsing your fence every week and giving it a soapy wash once a month or every other month. If you fall out of rhythm with these two practices, some stubborn stains may appear, in which case, go with a DIY cleaner or bleach solution. If you are still having trouble ridding your fence of blemishes, consider renting a power washer for the end-all-be-all solution.