How To Clean And Maintain A PVC Fence

PVC, or vinyl, fencing can be as attractive as it is durable. If you're looking for a type of fence that will add aesthetic value to your yard while protecting it from intruders, consider going with PVC.

Known for its resilience, vinyl fencing is designed to resist damage from the natural elements, including sunlight, mold, mildew and bugs. Not only will this help the fence last longer, it will look its best, making it good value for the money.

Another convenient and budget-friendly aspect of PVC fencing is that it can be constructed to resemble a wide variety of other materials, at a fraction of the cost. For instance, you can purchase a vinyl fence that looks almost identical to a white picket wooden fence. Although the PVC version will give your yard the same charming look as its authentic wood counterpart, it won't be subject to rotting and termite damage. 

If you prefer a more rustic-looking fence, choose a vinyl version that replicates the look of real, natural wood. The vinyl will even feature color variations and faux wood knots, for a realistic appearance. For a more refined look, you can go with a solid vinyl fence that has latticework, as well as an archway leading from the front to the back yard.

Once you've chosen your ideal PVC fence, consider cleaning it as follows:

On a Regular Basis 

To ensure that your fence looks its best at all times, it's important to keep it clean. Not only will this help increase your home's curbside value, it will also protect the vinyl from stains, especially if it's a light color. 

After a rainstorm, you may need to rinse the fence off with a hose, to get rid of any mud that may have splashed onto it. If it has dried and is hard to remove, you can use a pressure washer, on a low setting. This is also helpful for removing grass clippings, after mowing your lawn.

On a Monthly Basis 

On a monthly or semi-annual basis, depending on your climate, wash your PVC fencing down, to remove any build-up dirt or grime, including unsightly car exhaust or mold and mildew. To avoid harming the groundwater supply, use a non-toxic, earth-friendly cleaning solution, such as a distilled white vinegar and water solution.

Apply the cleaner to the fence with a spray bottle, and then wipe it down using a soft sponge or cloth. You can also use a gentle, phosphate-free dish detergent, if you prefer. No matter which option you go with, rinse it down with a hose, after cleaning.