How to Clean Vinyl Siding

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How to Clean Vinyl Siding

Siding | If you have vinyl siding on your home or place of business, it will accumulate dirt, mold, mildew, stains and other unsavory particles as time progresses. Sometimes, vinyl becomes marred by caulking, paint, motor oil and driveway sealant. Though vinyl is a fairly low maintenance material, it should be cleaned to preserve its integrity across posterity.

How to Clean Vinyl Siding

Take a look at the instructions provided by the vinyl siding manufacturer before attempting to perform a clean. These instructions are commonly found on the siding’s warranty. Unfortunately, many homeowners find that the instructions are not available as the warranty has been misplaced. Even if you can find the instructions, consider the cleaning strategies outlined below to supplement those provided by the manufacturer. Be sure to wear a long sleeved shirt, long pants, rubber gloves and goggles when working with the cleaning solutions referenced below as they can cause damage/pain if they come into contact with the skin.

Eliminating Dirt

Removing the dirt from your vinyl siding is not as difficult as it might seem. Use a garden hose spray nozzle or pressure washer to hose down the surface. Use the medium spray pattern on the pressure washer to avoid damaging the vinyl. Begin washing at the bottom and move upwards. Then rinse from the top down after the wash. You can prevent water from sliding behind the siding by spraying even with or downward in the direction of the joints that overlap.

If you find that the vinyl siding requires additional cleaning after the wash and rinse described above, apply a specialized cleaning solution. Such a solution can be added to the pressure washer or mixed in a bucket and applied by hand. Begin with a gallon of water. Add one third cup of powdered laundry detergent and two thirds of a cup of TSP cleaner. TSP is an acronym that stands for trisodium phosphate. Procure a car cleaning brush with a long handle and soft bristle. Dip it in this solution and gently scrub it along the bottom of the vinyl. Move upwards to cover the entire surface area. Finish it off by rinsing the cleaning solution with a garden hose from the top on down.

Cleaning Off Mold and Mildew

Use the same DIY cleaning solution described above but add in a quart of generic household bleach for each gallon of solution to attack the vinyl’s mold and mildew. Spray a small amount of water on any plants near the property. Then cover them with plastic sheets so the bleach does not harm them. Use a pump-up style sprayer to wet the siding with the cleaning solution. Work from the bottom on up. Pause for 10-15 minutes after the application to allow the bleach mix to work its cleaning magic. Then scrub the vinyl siding from the bottom on up with a soft bristle brush. Finally, rinse off the cleaning solution from the top on down with a garden hose. – Hailproof Siding

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