Composite fencing is a popular option for many properties as it can be a relatively low maintenance form of fencing that can last a long time – particularly when compared to other forms like timber fencing. However, in order to keep your composite fencing looking its best, there are some levels of care you need to provide. As experts in this area, we’ve detailed some tips and advice you can use for this here. What can happen to composite fencing? Physically your composite fencing should remain strong and stable – providing you’ve installed it correctly – the only real issues you can encounter will be cosmetic. Over time dirt and mud can stick to them and they may be affected by build ups of grease, mould and mildew, the combination of which can be unsightly. In some cases, composite fencing can be faded by exposure to UV, but often this is barely noticeable and not a big concern. What you can do to protect it Unlike other fencing types, you don’t need protective paints or sprays, the care you need to give your composite fencing comes in the form of cleaning. However, don’t be fooled into thinking a blast with a pressure washer is what’s needed, you need to take a gentler approach. In fact, using a pressure washer could do more damage than good, so avoid it at all costs. Here’s what to do: Soft brushing/scouring with water For any dried on dirt and muck, all you need is a soft brush or scouring pad and some soapy water. Simply wet and rub this off and leave to dry naturally, don’t apply too much pressure with a scouring pad though as you might scratch the finish. Cleaning with detergent For mould and mildew, you can apply the same process but you might need a tougher detergent to shift the build up or spots caused by these fungi. Cleaning with degreasing agents Oil and grease can again be tricker to shift and warm water mixed with a specialist degreasing agent might be needed. Always check the label first though and where possible use a non-toxic solution that won’t harm any wildlife or bleach the finish. Sanding with fine sandpaper Once clean, if you do notice any scratches or rough patches, you may want to lightly sand these following the wood grain, using very fine sandpaper. However, this needs to be done lightly and carefully as too much pressure can spoil the finish or even make the scratches look worse. Choose quality composite fencing While all the above will make sure you provide the right level of care, the first place to start – if you’ve yet to install any – is with buying quality composite fencing from a dependable provider. On our website we have a wide choice of composite fence boards, fence panels and accessories, and even composite gate boards in many different styles and colours that are sure to meet any preferences you might have for your outdoor areas. In addition, if you need any advice on which composite fencing could best suit your property, simply give us a call on 01282 677300 to talk to a friendly member of our team who will be more than happy to help.