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This Is How to Clean a Chain Link Fence

Monday, April 5, 2021

Did you know that adding landscaping features to your home, like a chain link fence, could increase your home's value by around 20% on average?

However, a fence won't contribute to your home's value over time if you don't care for it. It's important to keep up with regular maintenance and cleaning to keep your fence in great shape and your property value intact. 

What are the best tips for cleaning a chain link fence? We've got you covered. Keep reading to learn how to maintain a chain link fence the right way. 

Give It a Thorough Inspection

Before you start cleaning, you'll want to give your fence a close inspection. Is it dirty, or are you starting to see signs of wear and tear? For example, you might notice that the fence posts are no longer in the ground securely. In that case, you'll need more than cleaning to get your fence back in tiptop shape. 

During this inspection, check specifically for signs of rust and mold. This will help you determine how you need to approach cleaning it, as these substances require more than soap and water to remedy them.

By starting the cleaning process with an inspection, you'll know exactly what you're dealing with, so you know how to respond.

How to Clean Away Rust

Rust develops on chain link fences over time, since the metal is exposed to oxygen. At first, rust is an eyesore, but if left alone over time, it will eventually disintegrate the metal, leaving your fence vulnerable. 

If you notice small signs of rust, the easiest way to clean it away is by using steel wool. First, put on gloves to protect your hands, then use the steel wool to rub away the rust spots. 

For more serious cases of rust, then you may need to use a rust-removing chemical instead. 

How to Clean Mold Spots

If you notice mold spots during your inspection, that's what you'll want to tackle next. Fortunately, it's easy to clean mold spots with a common household ingredient: white vinegar. 

Pour some vinegar and water into a spray bottle and spray down the mold spots, before wiping them clean. The mixture will effectively break down the mold and, as a bonus, it's better for the environment than harsh chemicals. 

Cleaning the Rest of the Fence

Once you've removed any rust and mold, it's time to tackle the rest of your chain link fence. Again, you can look to common household ingredients that you likely already have for help. 

Mix dish soap with warm water and spray it over the area to make cleaning a fence a breeze. Or, you can substitute the dish soap with borax instead, which is an environmentally friendly option that will also effectively remove dirt and grime from the fence. 

Once you've sprayed the fence with your cleaning mixture, let it sit for a few minutes to breakdown any grime. You may need to use a sponge or rag to help remove any stubborn spots. Then, spray it down with a hose and admire your nice, clean fence. 

Cleaning a Chain Link Fence Is Easy

Now that you've read our tips for cleaning a chain link fence, you can start scrubbing to make your fence look almost as good as new. 

Looking for other ways to upgrade your yard? Explore our variety of outdoor products today! We have pergolas, gazebos, and more to turn your backyard into a true oasis. 

We build your fence board-by-board ourselves, we never subcontract. Some of your friends and neighbors have probably already hired us, ask around and learn why Montco Fence is the number one family owned and operated fencing contractor for Phoenixville, King of Prussia, Downington, Norristown, Douglassville, Pennsburg, and nearby East Pennsylvania communities. Our services include, but are not limited to: Wood fencing (custom red cedar), PVC/Vinyl fencing, Chain link fencing, Aluminum fencing 

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