Vinyl fencing has continued to gain popularity over the years mainly because they are easy to keep up. We want a fence that can stand up to time, weather and incidental damage without our having to constantly touch up and repair it. Vinyl fences are so low maintenance that it can be difficult to tell a newly installed fence apart from one that has been subject to the elements for years.
The only thing that you really need to watch for on a vinyl fence is the accumulation of algae. It tends to form where there isn’t much light because sunlight will kill off the algae before it can grow. If you do have some algae on your vinyl fence then it will either form a dark green blotch or just make the fence a little dingy looking in places.
When you are ready to clean your vinyl fence you will only need a stiff brush, dish soap, a bucket and a garden hose. Then follow these steps:
- Fill up your bucket with warm water. Add in a couple squirts of the dish detergent and mix it thoroughly. Don’t use too much or you may get lost in the bubbles. Spray the section of the fence that you plan on cleaning but don’t try to clean an area larger than eight feet at a time.
- Dip your brush into your soapy water and start scrubbing the offending stain. Don’t put too much pressure on the fence to avoid scratching its surface. Give the entire section a firm scrubbing until the algae has loosened.
- Spray the cleaned area with the garden hose. Spray it from top to bottom and then check it closely. If there is no more stain then you can move onto the next area. If you can still see some algae, just keep repeating step two until you can’t see it anymore.
If the detergent doesn’t seem to be doing the job and you are working on a white fence then you can add a little bleach to the mix. Be careful with the hose when using bleach because some of the water can splash back into your eyes. Also be aware that bleach does kill plants so be careful where you pour out your water.