Vinyl fences are extremely weather resistant and, unlike wood, won’t ever rot, splinter, warp or crack. Vinyl fences are attractive, insect-proof and never need to be painted, scraped, sanded, or repainted but will still benefit from occasional maintenance. Here’s how to keep your vinyl fence looking good longer with proper maintenance.
Vinyl Fence Cleaning
Vinyl fencing maintenance typically involves a good cleaning and look-over at least once a year. The most effective cleaning technique depends on the condition of the fence. A light coating of dirt, dust, pollen and chalky residue can be removed by simply spraying the fence with a garden hose or by wiping it down with a sponge dipped in warm, soapy water. Never use any type of abrasive cleanser or scouring pad on vinyl fencing at risk of scratching and dulling the glossy sheen of vinyl. To remove slightly tougher stains, such as tar, grease and rubber marks from lawnmower tires, dampen a soft cotton cloth with mineral spirits and lightly wipe the fence clean. If the stain remains, re-dampen the cloth and hold it against the stain for 30 seconds or so; that gives the solvent time to soften the stain so you can easily wipe it away.
If you live in a humid or water-front, your vinyl fence may be susceptible to algae and mildew. Scrubbing with warm, soapy water will remove the stains, but it won’t kill the algae or mildew. To prevent the stains from returning, you’ll have to use something a little more stringent, such as white vinegar or chlorine bleach on light colored vinyl. Bleach is very toxic, so remember your safety equipment before getting to work! If you’ve got a lot of fence to clean, such as a border fence that encircles your entire property, then save some time and trouble with a gas-powered pressure washer. This super-effective, water-blasting machine is available for purchase or rent at most home improvement stores and if used correctly is very soothing to watch.
Vinyl Fence Maintenance
To ensure your vinyl fence lasts as long as possible, it’s important to conduct an up-close-and-personal inspection at least once a year. Walk along both sides of the fence and look closely at the fence posts, panels and horizontal rails. Make sure each vertical post is solidly planted into the ground and isn’t wobbly, leaning or loose. If a freeze/thaw cycle has upset a post, dig around it with a shovel until the post settles back down to its original position. Always consult your fence manufacturer on how to proceed and ensure you do not accidentally void the warranty with a repair before taking action! Your warranty terms may include replacement parts or free repairs depending on the manufacturer. By keeping up with regular cleaning and making repairs as necessary, your vinyl fence will look good as new for years to come.
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