Can You Pressure Wash Vinyl Fencing?

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Keep fencing clean and shiny with occasional pressure washings.
Keep fencing clean and shiny with occasional pressure washings. (Image: Jupiterimages/Photos.com/Getty Images)

Vinyl fencing is an ideal choice for exterior fencing because it improves a home's curb appeal while requiring little maintenance. Annual or semi-annual pressure washing helps remove built-up dirt and grime.

Pressure Washing

Pressure washing combines a high velocity spray of water with a cleaning solution to remove built-up dirt and grime and restore shine. Vinyl fencing is generally maintenance free, but dirt does build up over time as it's exposed to the elements. Pressure washing removes dirt and grime without damaging the fence, according to Home Construction and Improvement.

Choosing a Solution

Purchase cleaning solution for a pressure washer at a hardware store or make one at home. For vinyl fencing, a mild detergent or diluted bleach is an ideal cleaning solution.

Cleaning Tips

For minor dirt, spraying the fence with a high velocity hose may be sufficient. For tougher jobs, use a pressure washer. When cleaning vinyl fencing, it is important to being using the pressure washer at the top of the fence and work from the top down to clean the fence. Should any stubborn stains remain after the pressure washing, use a soft brush and non-abrasive cleaner to scrub the fence clean.

Warning

Pressure washers require some skill to use. It may be best to take an instruction course or contact a professional power-washing company.

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