How to Clean a PVC Fence

Dale Devries

Keeping your vinyl fence looking great is not difficult. Doing regular maintenance cleaning goes a long way to having a fence that looks like new. There are certain steps to follow to accomplish this, and certain cleaners are recommended for taking care of various stains or debris that have gotten onto the fence. This project should only take an hour or two to complete depending on the size of your fence.

Clean a PVC Fence

Clean a PVC Fence
  1. Wet the fence down with the garden hose and brush with a soft bristled brush. Recreation-vehicle brushes that you can connect to your garden hose work very well for this. Do this cleaning at regular intervals to remove dirt and dust.

  2. Mix 2/3 cup of a regular household cleaner into a bucket with one gallon of water. Then mix in 1/3 cup of a powdered laundry soap. Brush onto the fence when it becomes too dirty to clean with just water. Rinse well.

  3. Use mineral spirits and a soft clean rag for grease or waxy stains. Try not to press too hard with the cloth. Rinse off all the mineral spirits when you are finished.

  4. Use Goof Off if you get paint or some type of marker on the vinyl. Again, try not to press down with the rag too hard, or you could damage the fence. Rinse well when finished.

  5. Try oxalic acid for rust stains. Apply with a soft bristled brush and then wipe with a clean soft rag. Rinse with clean water when finished.

  6. Put a little lacquer thinner on a soft rag and rub away stubborn stains. Then rinse clean with water.