How To Clean And Maintain An Aluminum Fence

Posted on: 18 April 2017

Not only are aluminum fences attractive, they're known for being durable and strong as well. These strong metal fences are treated with powder coat finishes to prevent scratches, chips and other imperfections. Aluminum fences are also versatile in that they come in a variety of colors, such as black or gray, to coordinate with the look of your home.

Although high-quality aluminum fencing is strong and easy to maintain, it still will require a little regular care. How often you'll need to clean the fence depends on your climate and other environmental factors. For instance, if you live near a busy road or highway, you may need to wash it more often to remove soot and other build-up.

Here are some tips for properly maintaining your aluminum to ensure its longevity and beauty:

Regular Cleaning

On a weekly or monthly basis, rinse the fence down using a hose to remove any dirt and grime. It's especially important to rinse it off on a regular basis if you live near an ocean and have salty air, which can leave unsightly deposits on the metal fence.

When rinsing the fence off, start by aiming the water at the bottom, bring it up to the top, and then finish by rinsing toward the bottom again to prevent streaking. After rinsing, you can either allow the aluminum fence to air-dry, or wipe it dry with a clean, absorbent towel, such as a microfiber cloth. Avoid air-drying the metal in the sun, which could result in spotting.


A few times a year, such as during spring and fall, treat the fence to a deep cleaning. Fill a large bucket with warm water and a mild dish detergent and stir to combine. Dip a soft, clean sponge into the soapy solution and run it over the fence, working from the top to the bottom.

Pay special attention to any stubborn build-up, such as bird excrement or car exhaust residue. Rinse the soap away using a hose and repeat the process as necessary until the fence is clean. Again, you can either allow the fence to air dry or dry it with a towel. 

Avoid using harsh, abrasive chemicals and cleaning tools, such as bleach, solvents or steel wool, which can damage the aluminum surface. If you notice a scratch, nick or chip on your fence, you can touch the area up using an aluminum-safe exterior paint. To find out more, speak with a business like Town & Country Fence.