Like all exterior building products, vinyl siding can get dirty. And while heavy rain will do wonders in cleaning it, it still needs to be washed regularly. Vinyl siding can be washed down with a regular garden hose. If neither rain nor hosing does a satisfactory job, follow these simple instructions.
How to clean vinyl siding?
You can clean vinyl siding with a soft cloth or ordinary long-handled, soft bristle brush. For textured surfaces, use only a soft bristle brush to keep the grooves in the texture stain-free. For best results, start at the bottom of the house and work up and rinse the cleaning solution completely before it dries. If your house has brick facing, cover the brick so that it is not affected by the runoff.
Cleaners for more stubborn stains
A list of commonly accepted cleaners is provided below. Be sure to spot check any general or stain specific cleaner before using it on a large section of siding. After removing the stain, rinse thoroughly with water. Do not use cleaners containing organic solvents, undiluted chlorine bleach, liquid grease remover, nail polish remover, or furniture polish or cleaners. They can affect the surface of the siding.
Removing soot and grime from siding
To remove soot and grime found in industrial areas, wipe down the siding with a solution made up of the following:
– 1/3 cup (2 2/3 ounces) powdered laundry detergent (e.g., Tide® or equivalent)
– 2/3 cup (5 1/3 ounces) powdered household cleaner (e.g., Spic & Span® or equivalent)
– 1 gallon (128 fluid ounces) of water
If mold and mildew are a problem, use the above mentioned solution and add 1 quart liquid laundry bleach.
Can you power wash siding?
Yes, though you should read the washer instructions carefully before use. When cleaning, hold the power washer straight at eye level to keep the water on top of the siding where it can clean most effectively. Do not aim the power washer upward as water may be driven behind the siding. Pay special attention when using pressure washers around any opening in the wall, such as windows, doors, electrical wiring, and plumbing.
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