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White fences are beautiful and timeless. The only downside is that they show dirt more than a medium-tone color would. With a little extra upkeep, you can preserve your white fence and keep it looking pristine.
Here are some different ways to clean white vinyl fencing.
Pressure Washing Vinyl Fencing
Pressure washing is a great way to deep clean fencing. This isn’t the most user-friendly option, but it is fast and effective.
Also known as power washing, this process uses a high-pressure stream of water to blast away dirt and stains. It requires a special tool to channel the water, which can be dangerous when used incorrectly. Pressure washing is not ideal for older fences because the pressure may damage the pickets. This is more concerning with wood than it is with vinyl fencing, but it’s still important to note.
Manual Cleaning for Vinyl Fencing
You can purchase a special cleaning product for vinyl fencing, or you can make your own by diluting dish soap in warm water. Use a soft bristled brush to scrub the water onto the fence, and then wash it away with a hose.
If you only have a small area of the fence to clean, you could do this with a rag or handheld scrub brush. Many homeowners will do this near their garden areas because rain splashes mud onto the fencing. Try lightly spraying the fence down with a hose first to remove most of the dirt. Then spot clean as needed.
How to Prevent Stains on a White Vinyl Fence
Routine cleaning is the best way to prevent staining on a white fence. This doesn’t have to be anything extensive. Wash the fence off with water every few months, and scrub it down once a year. If you live in an area with persistent precipitation, you may need to deep clean a little more frequently because of the dirt the water brings in.
Can I Paint a White Vinyl Fence?
Vinyl is manufactured not to dull in color. It does not need to be painted or stained regularly like other fence materials.
While you can technically paint a white vinyl fence, you may not be happy with the results. Many paints struggle to secure to vinyl, and painting may void the material warranty for your fencing. You’re better off cleaning the fence to restore its original color and luster.