Since 1995, vinyl siding has been the most popular choice for exterior cladding in America. Vinyl siding is popular because of its durability, versatility and resilience. However, it still needs some routine maintenance and cleaning. That said most homeowners don’t know how to clean their vinyl siding. They also don’t know how to keep it clean.
Vinyl siding is an exterior product and accumulates all types of dirt, grime and staining because of a variety of reasons. Pollen, spider webs, animal droppings and rust all contribute to make vinyl siding filthy. Mold and mildew can grow on your vinyl siding that’s in shady, moist places. Fertilizers, insecticides and herbicides can discolor the surface of your vinyl siding. Motor oil, driveway sealant, tar, paint and caulking can cause marring of your vinyl siding’s finish.
It’s a good thing then, that cleaning your vinyl siding is a pretty easy task.
There are a vast array of products available to help clean your vinyl siding. The best tools to use when cleaning your vinyl siding are a soft cloth or a soft bristled brush. When cleaning your vinyl siding, start at the bottom of your house and work your way to the top. Cleaning this way will make sure there’s no streaking. When you’re cleaning your vinyl siding, make sure to rinse off the residue as you clean.
Recommended vinyl siding cleaning solutions
- Three tenths of white vinegar mixed with seven tenths of water will make an all-purpose vinyl siding cleaner which gets rid off mold and mildew staining.
- One third of a cup of powdered laundry detergent, two thirds of a cup of powdered household cleaner, one quart of liquid laundry bleach mixed in one gallon of water will make for a stronger cleaning solution.
- One cup of oxygen bleach mixed with one gallon of water is good for cleaning your vinyl siding when you’re concerned about damaging your landscaping. This is because oxygen bleach can clean your vinyl without causing damage to your landscaping.
- You can get an environmentally friendly vinyl siding cleanser from Simple Green. Their non-toxic and biodegradable concentrates are usable both manually or with pressure washers.
- You can use household cleaners such as Lysol, Windex, Murphy’s Oil Soap and Fantastik on hard to remove stains like those made by rust, grease, top soil and ink. You can use Super Iron Out, Instant Rust Out or other similar products to remove rust stains from your vinyl siding.
Advice when using a pressure washer
Using a pressure washer makes cleaning your vinyl siding much easier but some vinyl siding manufacturers are against it while others advise using a low amount of pressure when using a pressure washer.
To clean your vinyl siding using a pressure washer, begin by making that sure you are at eye level with the stream. Make sure that the stream is pointed straight, right at the vinyl siding and pointing at an upward angle. Doing this will ensure that you don’t get water behind your vinyl siding. Be cautious when you use a pressure washer around openings such as doors, plumbing connections or windows.
Things you shouldn’t do
You should avoid the use of cleaners that contain furniture polish, liquid grease remover, nail polish remover, undiluted chlorine bleach or organic solvents as they may damage your vinyl siding’s surface. Aside from that, make sure to not use steel wool or other very abrasive scrubbers that can damage the surface of your vinyl siding.
You can keep your vinyl siding looking good by giving it a good and thorough cleaning!