It is almost spring and it is time for some home improvement and house cleaning. When it comes to cleaning, the house siding may be a good place to start. Vinyl is an extremely popular choice for siding, thanks to its durable, resilient and versatile nature. As a matter of fact, US Census Bureau statistics show that vinyl siding is the leading exterior cladding since 1995. However, popularity doesn’t guarantee sufficient cleaning awareness. Vinyl siding usually gets a lot of dirt, stains, and grime due to bird droppings, pollen, dust, and spider webs. In moist and shady areas, mildew and mold can also grow around it and cause mold and mildew stains. This article will tell you how to clean vinyl siding.

When to clean vinyl siding?

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Most Americans prefer cleaning the siding right before spring. This is to ensure that the look and feel of the exterior of the house are ready to match the warmer days.

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What is a good vinyl siding cleaner solution?

A proper cleaning solution will have 70% water and 30% white vinegar. This solution mix is capable of removing mildew and light mold stains with ease. If you are looking for a stronger solution, you need to mix one-third cup of powdered laundry detergent, two-third cup of household cleaner, one-quart liquid laundry bleach and one gallon of normal water. You should be able to remove most stains with this solution. You can use a soft cloth or a long-handled soft bristle brush for the cleaning process.

Is it safe to power wash vinyl siding?

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For most vinyl sidings, it is safe to use pressure wash techniques. However, some manufacturers may advise against it. You may want to check with your manufacturer before power washing your siding. A safety tip would be to maintain normal pressure directly at the siding at an angle of 90 degrees. You should avoid pointing the pipe upwards while power washing.

How to clean vinyl siding without killing plants?

If you are worried about the landscaping, you can use a solution made of one cup of oxygen bleach and one gallon of water. The oxygen bleach will help you to clean the siding without causing any damage to the plants.

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How often should vinyl siding be washed?

It will be great if you can wash the siding once every year. If that is a lot, you should at least look to clean the siding once every two years. However, wet and cooler climates make it mandatory to clean the siding every year.

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What should you avoid?

You need to avoid cleaners that contain organic solvents, liquid grease remover, furniture cleaners, nail polish remover, and undiluted chlorine bleach. These along with abrasive scrubbers and steel wool can heavily damage the surface of the siding.

So, what are you waiting for? Start your clean vinyl siding project today to welcome spring in style! You may want to check our cost estimator for your renovation project.

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How to Clean Vinyl Siding? was last modified: May 18th, 2020 by Billy Guteng
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