Cleaning Your Vinyl Fence

Vinyl fencing is a great low cost, low maintenance residential fencing option. While ownership is easy, there are some things you need to do to help protect your fence. One of these things is to clean your vinyl fencing. Cleaning the fence doesn't just keep your fence looking better, longer, but this process also helps preserve the fence, keeping it in better condition. In addition to washing your fence, there are some other steps you want to complete during the cleaning process.

Clear the Area

Make certain that you clear the area around the fence. Creepers, grass and shrubs that grow waywardly can pose a problem. In some instances, they can actually grow in the space between the vinyl panels. This doesn't just make the fence look bad, but this can also weaken the integrity of your fence, as it makes the panels less secure. Trim down any growth in the area as part of the process.

Check for Lichen and Mold

It's also important to look over the fence for any signs of lichen and mold. While most people associate mold and lichen with wooden fences, these growths can also occur on vinyl. This is especially true if your vinyl fence has trees hanging over it. Create a mixture that is five parts water, one part vinegar and scrub over the area to remove these growths. It's important that you remove these substances as they can cause the fence to deteriorate, reducing its life.


When it comes to how effective this process is, how frequently you perform this task will be an important factor. As a general rule of thumb, it's best to clean your vinyl fence at the end of each season.

Cleaning this frequently helps maintain the fence, but more importantly, it also allows you to recognize any defects or damages, earlier. For example, a small crack is at risk of spreading or turning into a hole from something as minor as heavy wind. The faster you can recognize these issues, the faster you can repair them, before they turn into a more complex problem.

Taking care of and cleaning your vinyl fence doesn't just have an influence on your home's curb appeal, but it's also an important part of protecting your investment. Make certain you are doing your part. Should your fence need any repairs or if you are having a difficult time keeping your fence clean, a fencing contractor can assist you.

To learn more, contact a company like Town & Country Fence with any questions you have.