How to Remove Stains From a White PVC Fence


PVC---a rigid vinyl---is a popular choice for fencing. PVC fences require little maintenance, are durable and can last for many years. PVC fencing is available in a variety of styles and colors, with white being the most popular choice. Since fencing is outside contending with the wind, rain and other elements; the fence is bound to get dirty, dingy and need a thorough cleaning. Cleaning your white PVC fence can restore its prestige look.

Things You'll Need

  • Water hose
  • Mild dish-washing liquid
  • Water
  • (2) 5-Gallon buckets or containers
  • Sponge
  • Bleach
  • Cloths
  • Distilled white vinegar
  • Spray your PVC fence with a water hose to remove surface dirt, dust and other debris.

  • Create a solution 2 tbsp. of a mild dish-washing liquid to 1 gallon of water.

  • Saturate a sponge in the mixture. Scrub the fence with the sponge.

  • Fill a bucket or container with cool water. Add ½ cup of bleach to the water.

  • Dip a clean cloth into the bleach-water mixture. Scrub the stains with the cloth until they are gone. Alternatively, sprinkle baking soda onto a damp cloth and scrub the stained areas. Unlike bleach, baking soda will not harm the vegetation that is near the PVC fence.

  • Apply distilled white vinegar to a cloth. Gently scrub rust stains on the fence until they disappear.

  • Rinse the fence off with a water hose. Start at the bottom of the fence and work your way up to prevent streaking.

Tips & Warnings

  • Wear rubber gloves when working with bleach to prevent skin irritation.

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