We’re in the early stages of mowing season, which means everything that enters your yard could be subject to grass stains. Your shoes, your pants, your legs, your pets, and even your vinyl fence post could develop that classic green border around the bottom. Have no fear though. It is easy to remove grass stains from vinyl fencing. This guide will show you just how quickly you can clean your vinyl fence posts.
Remove Any Debris around the Fence
Start by clearing the area around the fence so you can get a clear picture of the fence posts. Rake up any sticks, leftover leaves or grass piles that have formed. If you have bushes or other plants near the fencing, you may want to trim these along the way. Then you can clean up the trimmings and throw everything out at once.
Wash the Vinyl Fence Post with a Garden Hose
Many grass stains on vinyl fence posts can be removed with a simply garden hose. If you have a nozzle to control the speed of the water, set it to the highest speed (the one with the most pressure). If you do not have a nozzle, you can use your thumb to block some of the water stream. This will make the water come out of the open area at a faster speed.
Wipe It down with Soapy Water
If some stains still remain, you can use a solution of dishwashing liquid and water to get rid of them. Fill a bucket with warm water and dish detergent. Then scrub the vinyl fencing using a large sponge or cloth. You may need to use a non-abrasive scrubbing pad to get off stubborn stains. This usually occurs in the divots used to make the vinyl fence posts look more like wood grain. The scrubbing pad will pull them right off.
After you’re done scrubbing, you can rinse the fence with your garden hose again. It should look like new!
Avoid Abrasive Cleaners and Cleaning Devices
Abrasive tools and cleaning chemicals may seem like a fast solution for cleaning vinyl fence post, but they may create more work for you later on. Vinyl fence posts are coated with a clear protectant that allows rain and snow to wick away. If you use an abrasive tool on the vinyl, you could scratch these clear coat. The area that you cleaned will then be less protected, which means it will get dirtier faster. An effort to save time at the start will actually create more maintenance for you in the future. Use soapy water and soft cloths, and you can achieve the same effect without damaging your fence.
Vinyl fencing is almost entirely maintenance free. In fact, some colors of vinyl do not show dirt or grass stains at all. If you’re looking for a new vinyl fence that will look great all year long, contact the experts here at All Around Fence, LLC. One of our knowledgeable fence installers would be happy to assist you.