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How to Properly Clean a Vinyl Fence

Monday, July 12, 2021

Vinyl fences are a great addition to any home. They're easy to install, they're very safe, and they look positively smashing!

Much like other outdoor furniture, though, vinyl fences get dirty. Fortunately, vinyl is one of the best fence materials when it comes to cleaning. As long as you know which cleaning method to use, your vinyl fence will look brand new.

Not sure what your options are? Here are five methods of fence cleaning, ordered by simplicity and efficiency.

Garden Hose

Sometimes, the simplest solution is the most effective one. When it comes to fences, that means spraying it off with a garden hose.

What this does is remove any grime and dirt without damaging your fence. For best results, use a hose with a high-pressure nozzle. You can skip this if you're dealing with heavy-duty stains, but for everyone else, this should be your first step.

Cleaning Solution

If the hose method doesn't help, a simple cleaning solution may do the trick. It's particularly helpful if you're working with general yard pollution.

To create a cleaning solution, drop some dish soap in a bucket of hot water. Stir the water until it's sudsy, dip an old towel into it, and start scrubbing your fence. If some stains are hanging on, try again with a non-abrasive scrubber.


When it comes to how to clean a fence, bleach isn't a very popular method. The reason is simple: bleach is powerful enough to break down vinyl.

The good news: if you're careful, you shouldn't have any issues. All you need to do is water down the bleach in your cleaning solution. That said, if you have a non-white vinyl fence, you may want to avoid bleach altogether.

Your cleaning solution should consist of mixing one part bleach with five parts water. Before you start scrubbing the fence, make sure to put on some rubber gloves. Using a garden sprayer is a good way to limit your contact with the solution.

Specialized Cleaner

The bleach method should take care of almost anything, but some stains may persist. This is particularly true for iron and rust.

If you're dealing with red iron stains, your best bet would be a specialized vinyl fence cleaner. Your local home improvement store should have some options—if not, try online. For other hard-to-remove stains, try using a xylene-based cleaner.

Pressure Washer

Think of a pressure washer as an upgraded version of your garden hose. It provides enough power to remove all but the toughest grime.

Keep in mind that pressure washers come in many types. When buying one, you'll have to consider factors such as PSI, GPM, nozzle type, and so on. There's a lot to keep track of, but for starters, opt for a washer between 2,000 and 2,800 PSI.

More on Cleaning a Vinyl Fence

Though the above cleaning methods will help, prevention remains the best cure. With a basic soapy wash once every few weeks, your vinyl fence will never get too dirty.

Looking to install a new vinyl fence in your yard? If so, our fence installation company will do the job quickly, professionally, and at an affordable rate! Contact us here, and we'll get back to you soon.

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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