Removing Iron Stains from Vinyl Fencing

by Lee Wyatt
(last updated August 5, 2019)

Believe it or not, iron stains can be among the most common types of stains that appear on vinyl fencing. These stains are common because sprinkler systems are often spraying water all over the fencing, and some water contains large amounts of iron deposits. Removing iron stains from vinyl fencing is something that anyone can and should take the time to do periodically. While vinyl fences may be durable, that doesn't mean that they can't end up looking as shabby as some wood fences.

Since vinyl fencing is an extremely popular choice among homeowners, it's pretty common to see them everywhere you look. However, many people think that because this type of fencing is extremely durable that it doesn't take a whole lot of effort to keep them clean. In order to get your vinyl fences looking like new again, use one of these simply method. Before using any of these methods though, rinse any dirt off of the fencing. This will make the cleaning process a whole lot easer.

  • Acetone. Acetone is the major ingredient in most brands of nail polish remover and can remove just about any kind of stain. When using this type of cleaner, apply a small amount to a soft cotton cloth (such as a t-shirt). Rub, wipe, and scrub at the stain, reapplying the nail polish remover as needed until the stain has disappeared. Use only as limited an amount as possible since the acetone may damage the grass or other foliage around your home. When finished, rinse off the fence to get rid of anything that remains.
  • Bar Keeper's Friend. This cleanser can be found in most grocery stores. Simply follow the directions on the back of the product and you will soon have a perfectly clean vinyl fence. One thing to remember, though, is that when scrubbing the fence you will want to use something that won't scratch the fence too much since gouged and scratched material is easier to stain.
  • Radiator cleaner. The same type of cleaner that you use on your radiator, you can also use to remove rust stains from vinyl fencing. Simply apply a small amount of cleaner to a soft bristled brush and then scrub away the stain. Make sure you move the brush in a circular motion, as this limits the chances of damaging the fence.
  • Magic eraser. One of the greatest inventions to come out of the laboratories of Mr. Clean in a long time can be used to remove just about every kind of stain there is. To remove rust stains from your vinyl fencing you may need to use several of these, depending on how large of an area of your fence is stained. Simply wet the sponge, and scrub!

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