Many homeowners opt for vinyl fencing over traditional wood fencing because vinyl is low maintenance and doesn't need to be re-painted or stained every few years. At the same time, vinyl can achieve a similar look as a wooden fence. Still, despite the fact that vinyl fencing requires little maintenance, there are still some basic guidelines that homeowners should keep in mind when it comes to taking care of their vinyl fencing.
DO Prevent Algae Growth
One of the most common problems people run into with vinyl fencing is that of algae growth. This can be especially noticeable and problematic on white fences. Often times, algae growth is fueled by a combination of moisture and organic materials. Fortunately, since vinyl is non-porous, algae can be easily removed with a good cleaning. Even better, it can be avoided in the first place by hosing down your vinyl fence quickly after mowing your lawn, which reduces algae's access to the organic material it needs to grow.
DON'T Use Abrasive Cleaners
There are all kinds of fence cleaners available, but not all of them are safe on vinyl. Specifically, you'll want to stay away from any abrasive cleaners (such as those that contain baking soda), as these can lead to tiny scratches forming in the vinyl itself. Over time, these small scratches can wear away the fence's coating material and lead to a major eyesore. Stick to cleaners that are specifically designed for use on vinyl.
DO Consider Pressure Washing
Typically, cleaning your vinyl fence with a high-pressure garden hose nozzle and a vinyl-safe cleaning product annually is enough to keep your fence looking its best. However, for stubborn and set-in stains, you may want to consider using a pressure washer, which will give you some added power in removing caked-on debris and deep stains. If you don't have one, you can typically rent one for the day from your local home improvement store.
DON'T Forget to Test Cleaning Products
Finally, remember to rest any cleaning product on an inconspicuous area of your fence before you use it for the first time. This is especially important if you have a colored fence, as you'll want to make sure the chemicals in the cleaner don't cause any discoloration or other visible damage to your fence's color. Spot-testing with a new cleaner is always recommended for your peace of mind, even if the cleaner you're buying is specifically made for use on vinyl.
For more care tips, contact a company like Mr Fence.