You most likely chose to get a vinyl fence because you knew it would be easy to clean. Well done! You are correct. Vinyl is a great choice because it is attractive, but not as easily taken to rust, making it a perfect welcoming front for your home. The only trouble you may have is knowing exactly the best way to clean your vinyl fence. Here’s the easiest way to do it.

1. The first thing you should do when cleaning your fence—any kind of fence—is to walk its length or perimeter and brush off any loose debris with a soft brush, or even a gloved hand.

2. Next, soak the fence with a light prewash from your garden hose. The rest of the dirt will come off easier once it’s been loosened. Also, the cleaner you choose will spread better on a wet surface. All of this will create less work for you.

3. If your fence is still fairly new, or otherwise managed to stay clean up to this point, you may not need to do more than spot cleaning. One of the best products out there to tackle this job on vinyl is the Mr. Clean Magic Eraser. Add a little elbow grease, and your simple yard stains should disappear quickly.

4. If your fence has some more hearty stains, you may need to get out some cleaner and scrub a little harder. While a mixture of dish soap and warm water will do the trick for lighter stains, you may need to employ the help of some bleach (use 1 part bleach to 5 parts water) as you scrub down the tougher stains. Whichever solution you wind up using, be sure to use it over the entire fence to keep a uniform cleanliness.

Keep your vinyl fence looking clean and new all year by giving it attention and a little scrubbing a few times a year. A little attention now can save a lot of scrubbing later.