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4 Tips: How to Care for your Vinyl Fence

The beauty of vinyl is that it’s maintenance free. Unlike wood, you will never need to paint or stain your vinyl fence which will save countless hours of time over the years. Having said that, once you invest in a vinyl fence you will want to take care of it to keep it looking fresh for years to come. Everything that is exposed to the weather and elements will start to look dirty and worn after a while if you don’t do some simple maintenance, and a vinyl fence is no exception. Here are 4 tips to help you care for your vinyl fence.

1. A quick rinse with a garden hose

A simple spray of the garden hose is the best way to keep your vinyl fence looking fresh and new.

A simple spray of the garden hose is the best way to keep your vinyl fence looking fresh and new.

The easiest and quickest way to care for your fence is to attach a spray nozzle to your garden hose and give your fence a quick bath every month or two. This will rinse off surface dirt and ensure it doesn’t get caked on over the years. If you’ve let it go a little too long and have some especially tough dirt spots after rinsing your fence, keep reading!

2. A gentle bleach-based cleanser with a soft cloth

A gentle cleanser with a soft cloth or soft brush can help with the tougher dirt spots.

A gentle cleanser with a soft cloth or soft brush can help with spots and stains the garden hose doesn’t get rid of.

There may be some stubborn dirt spots that cling to your vinyl fence that need a little more elbow grease than a hose. In this case, a soft cloth with a mild bleach-based cleanser directly applied to the spot should easily remove it. Some brands we have used and like are SoftScrub and Mr. Clean. Varsol works well for extremely tough scuff marks, and a soft brush can also help with tougher stains. Just ensure that you do not use a stiff brush as it could scratch your vinyl fence. Please note that if you have a tan vinyl fence, you will not want to use a solution with bleach and we recommend testing any cleaning agent on a small, inconspicuous area of your tan vinyl fence to ensure that it does cause damage or discoloration.

3. The Magic Eraser

The Magic Eraser is a safe, easy, effective way to get rid of the tougher dirt stains on your vinyl fence.

The Magic Eraser is a safe, easy, effective way to get rid of the tougher dirt stains on your vinyl fence.

The Magic Eraser is a brand name cleaner that is like a sponge, and thus avoids the need for a cleanser and a cloth. Simply dampen the Magic Eraser and work away at your especially dirty spots. It works very well on eliminating the tougher stains and is safe for your fence. Please note that if you have a tan vinyl fence, you will not want to use a solution with bleach and we recommend testing any cleaning agent on a small, inconspicuous area of your tan vinyl fence to ensure that it does cause damage or discoloration.

4. Power Washing

A pressure washer can be useful for cleaning a very dirty vinyl fence that has been neglected for some time.

A pressure washer can be useful for cleaning a very dirty vinyl fence that has been neglected for some time.

If you have neglected your vinyl for some time and it’s in serious need of a bath, consider a power washer. The pressure from the water will be more effective in removing tough stains and dirt spots than a simple garden hose sprayer.

For Mildew:

In some parts of the country, mildew can be a problem with a fence. It will appear as black spots and usually begins to show up in areas where the rain doesn’t fall, such as under eaves and deck enclosures. For removal, try the following solution:

CAUTION: Greater concentrations may cause damage to the vinyl materials.

Mix together:
1/3 cup detergent (Tide, for example)
2/3 cup Trisodium Phosphate (Soilax, for example)
1 quart 5% Sodium Hypochlorite (Clorox, for example)
3 quarts of water

Wear some gloves and use this solution with a soft cloth or soft brush to remove the mildew spots. Please note that the chemical agents in this solution may be hazardous to the environment and your skin, so take care with both application and disposal.

With some simple maintenance, your vinyl fence will look fresh and new for many, many years to come. If you have any additional questions, please contact one of our fence consultants at 877-77805733.

Need Fencing Ideas? Get Inspired Here.

People are often looking for fencing ideas for their yard. Our customers are a creative bunch and have shared some inspiring photos along the way. Here are some pictures of creative fence projects to help give you some fencing ideas for your yard.

Product: Even Steven Vinyl Rail Fence or Simple Simon Vinyl Rail Fence

The Even Steven was used for the Iowa State Fair. It was installed a special way to make it removable. Just remember that WamBam Fence is not designed to be moved, so this was a custom configuration!

The Even Steven was used for the Iowa State Fair. It was installed a special way to make it removable. Just remember that WamBam Fence is not designed to be moved, so this was a custom configuration!

Larry has a beautiful home and property, and subtly defined borders with our 3-rail vinyl fence.

Larry has a beautiful home and property, and subtly defined borders with our 3-rail vinyl fence.

Product: Plain Jane Vinyl Yard & Pool Fence

A customer took our 4ft high Plain Jane Fence, cut it down, and mounted it on a retaining wall to add a good looking way to make the property safe.

A customer took our 4ft high Plain Jane Fence, cut it down, and mounted it on a retaining wall to add a good looking way to create a barrier from people falling.

Brian surface mounted his fence to keep his pool safe.

Brian surface mounted his fence to keep his pool safe.

 

Product: Peeping Tom Vinyl Semi-Privacy Fence

Lou didn't care for the look of the Peeping Tom Fence so decided to customize it with some leftover pieces from a vinyl pergola he purchased. What a creative way to make a good looking fence!

Lou didn’t care for the look of the Peeping Tom Fence so decided to customize it with some leftover pieces from a vinyl pergola he purchased.

Wayne cut his Peeping Tom Vinyl Fence into a scalloped picket look and surface mounted on his deck.

Wayne cut his Peeping Tom Vinyl Fence into a scalloped picket look and surface mounted on his deck.

Product: Jiminy Picket Vinyl Fence

Mark shortened his Jiminy Picket vinyl fence and cut the pickets in a concave style (directions are included in the instructions).

Mark shortened his Jiminy Picket vinyl fence and cut the pickets in a concave style (directions are included in the instructions).

What a great looking vegetable garden with the vinyl Jiminy Picket fence!

What a great looking vegetable garden with the vinyl Jiminy Picket fence!

Products: Steady Freddy Vinyl Fence & Nervous Nelly Yard & Pool Fence

He tied the Nervous Nelly Vinyl Fence with the Steady Freddy Vinyl Privacy Fence to give a more open view at the front, but privacy from his neighbors.

He tied the Nervous Nelly Vinyl Fence with the Steady Freddy Vinyl Privacy Fence to give a more open view at the front, but privacy from his neighbors.

Product: Curious George Vinyl Lattice Fence

Jim in Colorado created a striking difference in his yard with the vinyl lattice top privacy fence beautifully positioned between brick pillars.

Jim in Colorado created a striking difference in his yard with the vinyl lattice top privacy fence beautifully positioned between brick pillars.

 

Product: Slim Jim Aluminum Fence & Handy Andy Aluminum Fence

Brick pillars make classy corner posts for this aluminum fence.

Brick pillars make classy corner posts for this aluminum fence.

The subtle aluminum fence offers a great way to enclose a fabulous backyard.

The subtle aluminum fence offers a great way to enclose a fabulous backyard.

 

Product: Steady Freddy Vinyl Gate

A customer placed this gate within a brick wall. The brick wall is quite a bit different than typical fence posts, but the contrast of white and red looks nice.

A customer placed this gate within a brick wall. The brick wall is quite a bit different than typical fence posts, but the contrast of white and red looks nice.

Yard Upgrades: Before and After

With every wood fence there comes an end. One day, it will be so dilapidated that it’s barely serving its function anymore- not to mention a complete eyesore.

Dan in California had one such wood fence:

A tired wood fence in a state of disrepair

A tired wood fence in a state of disrepair

He replaced it with a tan vinyl fence. What a difference!

Dan replaced the wood fence with a tan privacy fence. He cuts it down from 6ft to 4ft.

Dan replaced the wood fence with a tan privacy fence. He cuts it down from 6ft to 4ft.

While we don’t offer 4ft privacy fence off the shelf, it’s easy enough to cut down. Dan did a terrific job on this install and the fence looks great.

Why Dog Daycare Owners are Choosing WamBam Fence

We noticed a trend last year in which several dog daycare owners used our vinyl fencing for their dog daycare facilities. Our fence has a great surface mounting option and is quite flexible regarding installation. Because it’s a strong, professional grade vinyl fence to boot, it’s perfect for dog daycare owners who need to keep the pups safe, happy, and exercised.

We were pleased to see several pictures of the dog daycare fencing that our customers installed. We got a real kick out of a petting zoo facility in Toronto, ON that used our fence for their kangaroos!

This dog day care in Grand Rapids, MI used the Plain Jane vinyl fence.

This dog day care in Grand Rapids, MI used the Plain Jane vinyl fence.

This petting zoo in Toronto used the Plain Jane Vinyl Fence to contain their pet kangaroos.

This petting zoo in Toronto used the Plain Jane Vinyl Fence to contain their kangaroos in the petting zoo.

This indoor pet fence day care facility in California created a beautiful place for the dogs to play

This indoor pet fence day care facility in California created a beautiful place for the dogs to play with the Jiminy Picket vinyl picket fence

Canine Adventure Den Daycare in Vancouver BC Canada used the Steady Freddy Vinyl Privacy for their dog daycare fencing!

Canine Adventure Den Daycare in Vancouver BC Canada used the Steady Freddy Vinyl Privacy for their dog daycare fencing

If you have an indoor pet facility that is in need of a durable, professional grade vinyl fence, check out our vinyl fencing options or email us.

Here is a short video demonstrating how our vinyl fence posts are mounted on a concrete surface, which is the way the dog daycare fencing was done in all the above applications.

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