Chain link fences are a popular option for many homeowners; they're relatively inexpensive, quite durable, and don't require a lot of maintenance. Still, no fence type is 100% maintenance free; to prolong the life of your new chain link fence and keep it looking like new for many years to come, there are a few preventative measures you'll need to take. Don't worry, though. None of them are particularly time consuming or difficult. In fact, if you have kids around the house, you might even be able to assign some of these as chores.
Hose Down Regularly
One of the best things you can do to care for your chain link fencing is to simply hose it down regularly. You can do this with a garden hose on a high-pressure setting to remove any excess dirt, grime, or other debris. For caked-on debris that won't come off with the simple spray of a hose, you may want to consider using some soapy water as well.
Power Wash as Needed
Every once in awhile, it's also a good idea to give your chain link fence a deep cleaning. The best way to do this is through power washing it. If you have a power washer at home, this is an easy task. If you don't have a power washer of your own, you can always consider renting one from your local home improvement store (most rent them by the day or even by the hour). You don't need to power wash very often; about once a year should be enough to keep your fence looking like new.
Remove and Treat Rust
Rust is by far the biggest threat to a chain link fence. This is why you need to keep an eye on your fence to be on the lookout for rust before it leads to corrosion and permanent damage. If you spot a small amount of rust, you should be able to scrub it away using a rust-remover product. However, for more serious spots of rust, you may need to use a rust-inhibiting agent followed by touching the spot up with some aluminum paint.
Re-Paint as Needed
Over the years, your chain link fence will probably lose its clean look and the paint job will need to be touched up. The easiest way to re-paint a chain link fence is to use a paint sprayer, but you can also use a roller and/or brushes.