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How to Clean a Chain Link Fence: 4 Tips for Clean-Minded Homeowners

Monday, May 17, 2021

Are you thinking about adding a chain link fence to your property? If so, this is a great decision. Chain link fences are easy to clean and can help contain your pets and children—plus, they provide extra security.

Now, you are probably wondering how to clean a chain link fence? We've got you covered! Keep reading to learn more about chain link fence maintenance.

1. Removing Dirt

Your fence will get dirty over time between the birds, dust, storms, and other outdoor elements. If you only have a light accumulation of dirt and debris, your garden hose will do the trick.

However, for more stubborn stains, you may want to consider using borax. This is a powdery soap that is gentle but effective at removing and dissolving all the dirt from your fence.

You can use an outdoor pump sprayer to apply the soap. Add three gallons of water to two cups of borax.

Shake the sprayer so the borax dissolves. Then pump the handle to spray the borax solution. Let it sit for at least 10 minutes before spraying it off with a garden hose.

2. Removing Rust

Over time and even with proper maintenance and cleaning, your chain link fence may start to rust in certain areas. Don't worry, the rust does not affect its function, but it just looks unappealing. Luckily, you can scrub off the rust with steel wool. 

First, you will need to clean your fence, then take a piece of super-fine steel wool. Rub the steel wool gently back and forth.

If the steel wool does not remove the rust, you can purchase rust remover jelly at any hardware store. Add a few drops of this jelly to a clean cloth and then apply it to the rusted areas.

Let the jelly rest for about 10 minutes and then wipe it off with a wet rag. Then apply some mineral spirits to this area with a microfiber cloth.

3. Removing Mold

If you see black or dark green patches on your fence, you probably have mold or algae. As soon as you notice these patches, get some bleach. This is an effective algae and mold remover, but be careful because it can also kill your grass.

You may want to consider using vinegar instead. The acidity in vinegar has both antiviral and antibacterial properties, and it is effective for removing both algae and mold. Plus, it is better for your health than bleach. 

To remove the mold, make sure you wear rubber gloves and goggles to protect your eyes. Mix together three gallons of water with two gallons of white vinegar. Apply the solution to these areas and let it sit for 30 minutes before rinsing it off with your garden hose.

You may need to scrub stubborn areas with a soft-bristled brush. If needed, you can reapply the solution and scrub your chain link fencing again.

4. Keep Plants Away From Your Fence

One of the best ways to protect your fence is to prevent damage. It's important to keep plants off the fence. You should have a clear zone around your fence that does not have any vegetation.

Plants hold moisture, and over time, can cause your fence to rust. You should also avoid having trees nearby because their roots can push up the bottom of the fence. Also, tree branches can fall and damage your fence.

Enjoy Your Chain Link Fence

It's important to stay on top of your chain link fence maintenance. As soon as you see any signs of rust, mold, or algae, use these methods outlined above to protect your fence.

Looking for a chain link fence? Contact us today! Our knowledgeable team will help you find the right fence for your property.

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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