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How to Keep Your PVC Fence Looking Brand New

Monday, September 6, 2021

PVC, or polyvinyl chloride, fences are extremely popular because of their affordable price point, lightweight, and overall durability and weather resistance. However, you need to take care of your PVC fence to maintain both its structure and its appearance. 

Thankfully, cleaning a new fence made of PVC is almost a stress-free process with the right materials and a bit of elbow grease. Keep reading for a complete list of cleaning tips for your new fence!

General Cleaning

For general dirt and grime, you can use a power washer or a high-pressure attachment for a garden hose. Simply spray down the entirety of the fence to remove the loose dirt, stuck on leaves, or anything else which may have adhered to the side of the fence. 

Staining and discoloration, which can be caused by all sorts of debris, require more manual labor. Use a brush and warm soapy water to restore the appearance of your fence. You can also make use of general-purpose cleaners if you need something a little strong. 

However, stay away from abrasive cleaning materials, like steel wool, and harsh chemicals like bleach. These can cause physical damage to your fence and remove some of the coloring from PVC. 

If you’re unsure about a specific cleaning product, you can always apply a small amount to a rag, and then wipe the underside of a fencing board. Wait a few minutes to see if any discoloration happens. If it doesn't, you’re able to use that product to clean your PVC fence without worrying about damaging it. 

Mold and Mildew Staining

For mold stains that won’t be removed with commercial cleaners, you can make use of a homemade mixture of one part vinegar into four parts warm water. Simply add it into a spray bottle and then spray it onto the fence. 

Vinegar is a mild bleaching agent that will help restore the shine of your fence without removing any of the coloring in the PVC. Further, vinegar’s acidic properties will kill any mold spores that are still sitting on your fence’s surface. 

Let the mixture sit on the fence for about five minutes and then wipe it away with a rag.  if you have mold still growing on your fence, you’ll likely see it turn white as the vinegar does its job. Rinse your fence down with the hose or pressure washer afterward to remove any remnants. 

Repainting

If your fence’s color has become uneven or some bleaching has occurred, you can easily repaint the entire thing. Just clean the fence with the hose or pressure washer to remove any and all dirt and physical debris, and then apply an outdoor-rated paint to your fence. Make sure to use a vinyl or PVC primer so that the paint will adhere quickly and easily.

Since you’re working outdoors, you may want to lay down tarps or other coverings to protect your plants while you work. To maintain the longest possible lifespan for your newly painted fence, you should complete at least two or three coats of paint. 

Keep Your PVC Fence Looking Fresh

While the above cleaning tips may sound labor-intensive, making sure that you keep an eye on the state of your PVC fence and do regular maintenance can help ensure you won't have to do too much work too often. 

If you're looking to install or repair a fence on your property, get in touch with us today! 

Whether you're looking to improve the look and curb appeal of your home, you need protection and safety for pets or children, or you just want attractive and functional fencing installed, we can help you. 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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