Beth said, “I have a vinyl fence that has set in dog urine on it. Did not know it was there because it’s on the side I don’t see. I have read bleach is not good for vinyl. Thank you for your assistance.”
Dogs tend to mark their territory on any vertical surface; usually that’s a tree, but sometimes it can also be a fence. Thankfully, there are several methods that may work to remove the stain. Follow the steps below to restore your fence to a clean state.
Removing the Stain
You Will Need:
- White vinegar
- Dish liquid
- A bucket
- Baking soda
- Rubbing Alcohol
- Pet enzyme cleaner
Steps to Remove the Stain:
- If the urine is fresh, wipe it off with some paper towels and rinse off any residue with water.¹
- Mix a cup of white vinegar and some dish liquid in a bucket of water. Dip a soft-bristled scrub brush in the mixture and use it to scrub away the stain.
- If any stain remains, use a baking soda paste. Combine baking soda with some water to make a paste and spread the paste over the stain. Let the paste sit on the stain for about 15 minutes, then scrub the area with a soft-bristled scrub brush. Finally, scrub the area with a cloth soaked in some rubbing alcohol.
- Another option is to get a pet enzyme cleaner that is safe for vinyl, such as Nature’s Miracle Hard Surface Cleaner. Follow the instructions on the label of your selected cleaner.¹
- As a last resort, try an oxygen cleaner, such as OxyClean. Mix some powdered OxyClean with water to make a paste and scrub the paste onto the stain.¹
Additional Tips and Advice
- If the stains can’t be removed with the steps above, see our guide on How to Whiten Yellowed Vinyl.
- It is always best to rinse away fresh urine before it has a chance to stain. Even waiting for the rain to rinse it away may provide enough time for the stain to set in. Instead, rinse the fence with a hose regularly or carry a bottle of water with you on walks to rinse a fence if needed.
- Keep in mind that chlorine bleach and vinegar should never be mixed as they will create a toxic gas.
- Pet Clean-Up Made Easy by Don Aslett