1. A simple bleach and water solution (25% - 50%) usually stops and clears up with
most mildew, mold or algae accumulations. This can be applied with a high-pressure washer or by brush. Experiment with the concentration that is needed in a small area before washing the entire area. A bleach solution may damage vegetation if the solution
is mixed fairly strong.
2. Any Household cleaning product that doesn't exclude use on vinyl
on their label.
There are numerous products available at grocery stores, hardware stores, drug stores,
3. CLR - a product found in most hardware stores. It is primarily
used to remove rust,
scale and hard water type residue from various types of material. Follow label
4. Vinyl Siding washes - products marketed by various companies to
wash vinyl house
siding. They generally mention mold, mildew and algae retardation in their advertising.
They are generally applied using a garden hose with attachments and are available in most
"Chain-type stores". The Armor-All Corporation (800-398-3892) offers this type of
product. Any of the vinyl cleaners found in auto supply stores can be used on vinyl fences.
5. Whink - a product used to remove mineral deposits caused by hard
(800-247-5102 or www.whink.com). Works well on larger jobs. Follow label directions.
All of the above products generally work with high pressure washers and is
used following the manufacturers recommended procedures, are not harmful to
PVC vinyl products.
6. Insta-Gon - used to remove stubborn stains from various types of material. Available
in most chain stores. Only economical on small areas.
7. Lacquer Thinner - available in most hardware stores. Used to remove
scuff marks, ink, tar, etc. Wipe the area in one continuous motion with the lacquer thinner
on a clean rag. Always use a clean portion of the rag for additional swipes to prevent smearing. Wash area with soap and water immediately after.
8. Fingernail polish remover - a "last resort" option on
stains not cleaned by previous methods. Works on small areas by swiping area
with a clean rag. Wash area immediately
after with soap and water (use a product without "acetone" in it's ingredients.)
9. Removing paint from vinyl. Lacquer thinner saturated on a clean cloth
works on most
paints. You need to always use the clean surface of the cloth and make a single swiping motion (don't try to scrub). Newer acrylic spray paints are much harder to remove. You
can try to use "acetone" but note: THIS MAY DAMAGE THE SURFACE. Great caution must be used if trying acetone. Try it on a test area not plainly visible before
attempting to clean affected area.
10. Dunrite Lime Solvent with WG17 - marketed by Dunrite Inc. (402-721-3061)
works quite well at removing hard water residue. Spray it on, let it sit, and wipe or wash
11. Most toilet bowl cleaners - work to remove rust and hard water