Maintain the Beauty
Any exterior building materials may require period cleaning. If you choose to clean your fence, we recommend a composite deck cleaner or a combination of soap, hot water, and a soft bristle brush. Ideal times to clean are just after installation and then as needed. This will help to maintain the beauty of your Trex® composite fence.
Note: Trex should never be sanded. Sanding will change the appearance and protective qualities of the Trex material and will void the warranty with respect to any condition caused by sanding. Additionally, Trex does not recommend the use of a power washer on the fencing material. Use of a power washer will damage the surface and will void the warranty with respect to any condition caused by the power washing.
Trex® Product Cleaning Guide
|Dirt and Debris||Clean the fence to remove dirt and debris. Soap, water, and a soft brush are all that is needed.|
|Chalk Markings||Most colored chalk lines are permanent. As an alternative to regular chalk, use either baby powder or Irwin Strait-Line Dust-off marking chalk available at www.irwin.com.|
|Water Spots, Leaf Staining and Wood Tannins||Tannin leaching occurs in Trex® and all wood based products naturally. Allow for at least 12 weeks of normal weathering. This process may be hastened through the use of a product containing oxalic or phosphoric acid. *|
|Scuffs & Abrasions||Scuffs and abrasions can fade or disappear naturally after 12-16 weeks of weathering. If a reduction in the visibility of a scuff or abrasion is desired before the fence weathers, WD-40 can be applied to the affected area for a temporary solution. Apply a small amount of WD-40 to a rag and lightly rub it into the affected area. Weathering can be accelerated with a product containing oxalic or phosphoric acid, such as Deck Brightener from www.Olympic.com.|
|Rust Stains, Ground-In Dirt and Grime and Pigment Staining||Use a cleaning product containing oxalic or phosphoric acid, such as Deck Brightener from www.Olympic.com, to lighten or remove rust or dirt. The product may need to sit on a stain 10-15 minutes before rinsing. *|
|Oil and Grease Stains||Rinse the stain with hot water as soon as possible. Use Pour-N-Restore (www.pour-n-restore.com) as directed for any remaining staining (test in a small area first as the product may remove some of the colorant from the fencing surface).|
|Mold & Mildew||Semi-annual cleaning (typically Spring and Fall) of your fence is important to prevent the build-up of pollen and other debris that can support the growth of mold. Use conventional fence washes or cleaners that contain sodium hypochlorite (bleach) and detergent (refer to the Mold Technical Bulletin for specific recommendations). *|
|Pressure Washer||Trex does not recommend the use of a pressure washer. The use of a pressure washer on fence surface could damage the fencing surface and will void the warranty with respect to any condition caused by the pressure washing.|
|Sanding||Trex Company does not recommend sanding. Sanding will change the appearance of the surface of Trex® material and will void the warranty.|
|Disposal||Trex® products should be disposed with normal construction debris or household waste. Do not burn Trex® products.|
* Use of products containing bleach or oxalic/phosphoric acid will lighten the surface of Trex®. Use in an inconspicuous area to determine if lightening is aesthetically unpleasing to you. Neither product will affect the structural integrity of Trex® composite fencing.