How to Clean Vinyl Siding the Easy Way
Clean siding leads to a beautiful looking home. One of the very best features of vinyl siding is that it does not stain, age, or show many signs of wear and tear. But to keep it looking its best, it’s necessary to clean it once in a while. After a harsh season of weather, you may find your siding looking a little dirty. Learn how to clean vinyl siding quickly, easily, and effectively using strategies from our siding experts.
Use the Right Kind of Washer
Your first instinct is probably to get the hose out and simply spray the siding down. That can work to remove some of the dirt and grim, but it might not get it all, especially in higher areas. You need to be careful using a higher-pressure washer, though, because if the spray is too intense, it can damage the siding.
The ideal tool is a garden hose with a spray nozzle or a pressure washer set to a medium setting. Use a wide spray pattern to avoid damage, and keep the spray moving at all times. Start your spray at the bottom and work your way up. Then go from the top back down. By the time you’re done most dirt and residue should be gone.
Mix Up a Secret Solution
Some cleaning jobs might require an extra grime fighter, but you don’t want to use a harsh chemical cleaner that will damage the siding. We like to use the following solution:
- 1 gallon of water
- 1/3 cup powdered laundry detergent
- 2/3 cup trisodium phosphate (TSP) cleaner – can be found at most home improvement stores.
Mix the solution up in a bucket, and use a long-handled, soft bristle brush to gently scrub the siding. Work your way from the bottom up, then use a garden hose to spray the solution off working from the top down. You will want to wear gloves and wear a long sleeved shirt when doing this.
Fight Back Against Mold and Mildew
In humid climates like ours, vinyl siding will occasionally develop mold and mildew. The telltale signs are greenish patches with darker spots inside them. If you notice this problem on your siding, the solution is easy:
- Buy a commercial mold/mildew remover, and mix it with one quart of household bleach.
- Cover any plants close to where you are working to avoid damage from the bleach.
- Use a pump sprayer to apply the solution to the affected areas.
- Let it sit for 10 minutes, then scrub it with your soft bristle brush.
- Rinse the area down with a garden hose working from top to bottom
Penny Window has the Vinyl Siding Your Home Wants
Cleaning vinyl siding is not a once-a-month or even once-a-year chore. For most of its lifespan, your siding will look and work great without requiring any maintenance at all. That is probably why it has consistently been the most popular home cladding material since 1995 according to the US Census Bureau.
When you’re ready to upgrade your home with vinyl siding, get in touch with the team at Penny Window. Request a free estimate while there is still warm weather left to enjoy, and explore our free eBook to help you choose the best windows and doors for your home: The How-to Guide On Buying Windows & Doors.