DIY Stubborn Stain Removal From A Vinyl Fence

Vinyl fences can be a unique, nice looking addition to your yard. Nothing looks quite as picturesque and wholeheartedly American as a vinyl fence bordering a rectangular lawn. There's one problem, though: vinyl fences tend to get dirty quite easily. Throughout the course of this brief article, you'll learn a few tips on how to remove those stubborn stains that seem to want to stick to your vinyl fence.

Light Cleaning

There are those stains that appear on a vinyl fence that don't actually take that much work to get rid of. Lucky you if you so happen to encounter these more often than the type of stains that you simply just can't seem to get rid of.

There will be a few things you will need in preparation for a light fence cleansing: a garden hose with spray attachment, dish soap, old cloths or towels, a non-abrasive scrubbing pad, a bucket, and of course, that age old cleaning standby: water.

Hose the fence down using the garden hose with spray attachment; don't be afraid to use a little force to really soak the fence. Move from the bottom of the fence to the top, working in small sections. Don't be afraid to move quickly if you see that most of the grime is coming off, as it should for these light cleaning jobs.

If the hose doesn't get everything, it's time to roll up your sleeves and use a little elbow grease. Add water to the bucket, as well as a bit of dish soap. Soak the old towels or cloths in the soapy water and then vigorously wash the areas that the garden hose did not remove. If this doesn't seem to be doing the trick, utilize the scrubbing pad in order to get really nitty-gritty. When finished, give the fence a final hose down, in order to rinse any excess dirt and grime off.

Cleaning Heavy Duty Stains

Unfortunately, vinyl fences tend to invite heavy-duty stains as well as light stains. In order to combat these kind of stains, you should prepare by having handy the following items: bleach, old cloths or towels, a scrubbing pad, bucket, water, and for your own safety, rubber gloves.

First you need to fill the bucket up with 1 part bleach for every 5 parts of water. You can adjust this based on the color of your fence. For example, a snow white fence may need a bit more bleach, while a dark colored fence would need less. You should also adjust the strength based on the intensity of the stains (the harder they are to remove and the longer that they've made the fence their home, the more bleach you should add to the solution).

Next you should moisten, but do not completely soak the old cloth or towel into the solution and begin scrubbing at the stains. Re-dampen the cloth as needed, and remember that if you are cleaning a darker colored fence, you should rinse the towel after each stain is removed. If you are still having some difficulty removing the stains, then add more bleach or make an attempt to remove the stain with the scrubber in place of the old cloth or towel.

There you have it! To keep your vinyl fence looking picturesque, you should take the advice given in this article. While it can potentially be a large DIY cleaning task, you're now armed with the knowledge and tools to making clean vinyl fencing a real possibility. Now, roll up those sleeves and arm yourself with your garden hose. You have as vinyl fence to clean!