There are many advantages to choosing vinyl siding, and so many residents realize its benefits that it’s become the most popular type of siding that our company installs. The superior durability of vinyl siding is a big draw, as is its easy cleaning. With simple tools and a little bit of elbow grease, you can get any vinyl siding back to like-new condition in just a few hours.
Assemble Your Siding Cleaning Tools
In order to successfully clean your vinyl siding, you’ll need the proper tools. They can almost certainly be found around the house, with the exception of a power washer. Power washers are not required for successful cleaning of siding. If your siding requires one, they’re generally rented from your local hardware store. In most cases, siding can be washed with the most basic tools and look great. The tools you need are:
- Mild detergent. Laundry detergent is an excellent option.
- A five-gallon or more bucket to hold the solution of detergent and water for cleaning the siding.
- A long-handled mop or, preferably, an RV brush. Make sure you have something long enough to reach the top of your siding.
- A hose. Good water pressure is ideal, but you may only need to use it for rinsing rather than mild pressure washing. If you need more power, you’ll be better off renting a pressure washer.
Get Your Home Ready
The next step is to take a walk around the perimeter of your home. This is a great opportunity to make sure that your vinyl siding is still in good repair and has not been damaged by falling branches or other natural hazards. More importantly, you’ll need to unplug everything connected to your home and move away anything that might be damaged by the cleaning. This is particularly vital if you intend to power wash your siding or if you’re planning to use strong detergent. If you see evidence of mold or mildew on your vinyl siding, be aware that you may end up using dilute bleach as part of the cleaning solution there, and move away anything that might be damaged as a result.
Give Your Vinyl Siding A Good Spraying And A Good Scrubbing
You should clean your siding in three to five-foot segments, making sure each one is clean to your satisfaction before moving on. Start by washing each segment of siding with simple water from the hose. You’d be surprised how much dirt and grime this can remove from siding with very little work! If necessary, move on to using the cleaning solution on the siding. Simply put some of the laundry detergent in the bucket and fill with water. Use the brush or mop to scrub stubborn spots, and rinse clean with the hose. Make sure you’re using only a non-abrasive material so your siding is not at risk of damage. For most homes, that’s all it takes to get siding looking brand new again.
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Using A Pressure Washer
If you have particularly stubborn dirt, or if you simply haven’t washed your siding in a few years, you might want to use a pressure washer to make the job easier. There are several things to remember when using a pressure washer on your siding. Homeowners should ensure that they stand far enough away from the siding so that it won’t be damaged by the powerful force of the water. In addition, avoid angling the power washer up into the siding in such a way that it might jam water up and under the boards, possibly compromising your home’s waterproofing. If you follow these tips, using a power washer to clean your vinyl siding can be a fast and efficient way to get the job done. Do not sandblast your siding!
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Dealing With Mold And Mildew
The best way to tackle mold and mildew on vinyl siding is to add a drop of laundry bleach to your pre-existing solution of water and detergent. Then, all you need do is scrub the siding a bit and the stains will soon disappear, leaving your siding sanitized. Cleaning vinyl siding is an easy task, and Opal Enterprises is happy to help you with any questions. We provide high quality Alside vinyl siding, which is easy to clean and offers superior protection for your home. If your current siding just isn’t performing, we can help you determine how best to fix the flaws.
Tips for Success
Be sure to review the maintenance manuals for your specific product. Every type of siding is different. Some have special finishes that require extra care. For example, fiber cement siding should get a gentler cleaning. See our guide to cleaning James Hardie fiber cement siding.
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