How to Make Vinyl Railing Shine Again

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Patios, decks and stairs are often lined with durable vinyl railings. Vinyl railings can become dull and dingy after just a few weeks of outdoor exposure. The accumulated dust must be removed to return the original shine to the vinyl rails. Common household cleaners can be combined to make an effective cleaning solution for vinyl surfaces. You can restore the look of a vinyl railing and protect it from future damage at the same time.

Things You'll Need

  • 4 tsp. powdered laundry detergent
  • 8 tsp. multipurpose household cleaner
  • 1 quart distilled water
  • Adjustable nozzle spray bottle
  • 2 cups bleach (optional)
  • Garden hose
  • Spray nozzle (optional)
  • Soft sponge
  • Towels
  • Vinyl protectant spray
  • Combine the laundry detergent, multipurpose cleaner and water in a spray bottle. Shake the bottle vigorously until the powdered detergent has dissolved. Substitute half the water with bleach if mildew is growing on the vinyl railing.

  • Spray the surface of the vinyl railing with the garden hose. Add a spray nozzle to the hose and blast dirt away to reduce scrubbing time.

  • Spray the cleaning solution directly onto a soft sponge. Wipe the vinyl railing with the soapy sponge, starting at the top and moving upward. Lay a towel under the section you are cleaning if you want to avoid dripping onto the deck or patio.

  • Wipe down the cleaned vinyl railing with damp towels. Wait for the surface of the vinyl to dry completely. Rub in the vinyl protectant spray after spraying it on a clean dry towel.

Tips & Warnings

  • Spray the vinyl railing with the hose between full washings to extend their clean and shiny look.
  • Leave the cleaning solution on the vinyl surface for two minutes and then scrub on the more stubborn dirty spots.
  • Toxic household cleaners may damage nearby plant life if some of the spray lands on them. Adjust the nozzle and spray straight onto the sponge.

References

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