Vinyl siding is a durable and low-maintenance option for your home’s exterior, but it still needs to be cleaned from time to time.
Dirt, debris, and mildew can build up over the years. Fortunately, with a bit of elbow grease, you can clean your siding and make it look new again. Plus, regular cleanings can save money by not having to replace your siding as often.
Read on to learn how to clean your siding the right way.
How to Clean Vinyl Siding
These steps and tips on how to clean siding will keep the exterior of your home beautiful.
- Gather your supplies. You’ll need a garden hose with a spray nozzle or a powerwasher, a soft-bristle brush or sponge, a bucket, a mild detergent or vinyl siding cleaner, and a ladder (if necessary).
- Prepare the area. Remove any obstacles near the siding, such as outdoor furniture or plants. Cover nearby plants with plastic sheets or wet them to protect them from any cleaning solutions.
- Mix your cleaning solution. Fill a bucket with water and add a mild detergent or a vinyl siding cleaner according to the instructions on the product. Avoid using harsh chemicals or abrasive cleaners that can damage the siding.
- Use a garden hose with a sprayer attachment to wet down your vinyl siding and loosen all dirt or grime clinging to the surface. Make sure the water pressure is not too high to avoid forcing water behind the siding.
- Use a soft-bristle brush or a soft cloth to scrub away dirt or grime. Dip the soft-bristle brush or sponge into the cleaning solution and scrub the siding in a gentle, circular motion. Start from the bottom and work your way up. Pay extra attention to areas with dirt or stains. Avoid using excessive force or scrubbing too vigorously, as it can cause damage. Be sure to brush in the direction of the grain to avoid damage.
- Once you have cleaned a section of the siding, rinse it thoroughly with clean water using the garden hose. Again, start from the bottom and work your way up. Ensure that all the detergent or cleaner is rinsed off completely.
- Continue working in sections until you have cleaned the entire vinyl siding. Take breaks if necessary to prevent the cleaning solution from drying on the siding.
- For stubborn stains or mildew, you can use a mixture of vinegar and water or a specialized vinyl siding cleaner recommended by the manufacturer. Apply the solution directly to the stains, let it sit for a few minutes, and then scrub gently with a brush or sponge. Rinse thoroughly afterward.
- Allow the vinyl siding to naturally. Let the siding air dry in the sun.
Can You Use a Power Washer on Vinyl Siding?
The answer is yes, but there are a few things you need to keep in mind to avoid damaging your siding.
First, always start with the lowest pressure setting and work your way up if needed. Second, hold the nozzle about a foot away from the siding to avoid damaging it. And finally, be sure to use a gentle detergent specifically designed for pressure washers.
With these tips in mind, pressure washing your vinyl siding is a quick and easy way to make it look new again.
What Cleaning Solutions Can be Used on Vinyl Siding?
There are a few different solutions you can use for vinyl siding. One popular option is to mix together water and vinegar. This will create a cleaning solution that can cut through grime and dirt.
House washing, siding cleaners, or outdoor cleaner solutions are available from most home stores. Follow the instructions on the container for the best results.
Another option is to mix together water and bleach. This will create a stronger cleaning solution that can remove tougher stains. However, make sure you take the appropriate safety precautions if you are handling bleach. Do not mix it with other cleaning solutions.
Whichever option you choose, make sure you test it on a small area of your siding first to ensure it won’t damage the material.
It’s important to note that before you begin cleaning, you should always check the manufacturer’s instructions for your specific viny
What Not to Do When Cleaning Vinyl Siding
There are a few things you should avoid doing when cleaning your vinyl siding.
- Avoid using a pressure washer on a high setting with the wand inches from the siding. Pressure washers are strong enough to cause them to crack, warp, or fade.
- Stay away from harsh chemicals or abrasive cleaners, which can damage the finish of vinyl siding and make it more susceptible to dirt and stains.
- Restrain from scrubbing vinyl siding too vigorously, which may deteriorate the finish, making it more difficult to clean in the future.
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