How to Clean Your Vinyl Siding

Steps to Clean Vinyl Siding

Installing vinyl siding is a popular choice for homeowners because it is highly durable and low maintenance. Because it is outside and subject to various elements, siding still needs the occasional cleaning to remove dirt and filth and keep your home looking presentable. Southern Pennsylvania and Northern Maryland homeowners should also be concerned about potential mold or mildew forming thanks to the humid summer climates.

Cleaning vinyl siding is a relatively easy task to cross off your to-do list. Before you start the cleaning process, check with the manufacturer or warranty for recommended cleaning guidelines. If you don’t have this information readily available, consider using the steps outlined here to clean your vinyl siding.

Spray the Dirt Off.

You don’t need to rent or buy a pressure washer to get rid of the dirt buildup on your siding. A garden hose with a spray nozzle will work too. If you choose to use a pressure washer, don’t set it to the maximum setting. Instead, choose the medium spray setting.

A few tips to remember when spraying your home:

–          The spray pattern should be wide enough so too much pressure isn’t on one specific area.

–          Keep the nozzle moving at all times to avoid damage.

–          Work your way up from the bottom and back down to thoroughly rinse the area.

–          Avoid water seeping behind the siding by spraying evenly with the alignment.

Cleaning the Siding.

There are numerous vinyl siding cleaning solutions on the market to choose from. There are also some DIY cleaning solution recipes you can follow. Whichever you decide on, you will need a bucket and long-handled soft bristle brush.

Start by mixing the solution in the bucket. Dip the brush into the solution and gently scrub the siding working your way from bottom to top. Rinse off the solution and then work your way with the brush from top to bottom. Rinse again.

Handling Mold and Mildew.

If you notice mold or mildew on the siding, you will need a special solution known as a mold and mildew remover.

Safety Precautions.

Since you are using chemicals, it is best to always wear gloves and clothing that covers your arms and legs. Follow the instructions on the labels and never mix chemicals.

If you have questions or concerns about your siding, contact the roofing and siding professionals at Bealing Roofing & Exteriors today.