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Cleaning Siding

Admit it, the real reason you chose vinyl siding for your house was that the sales person said that it was inexpensive, durable and easy to clean. Well, let's see how right he was. Actually vinyl siding is really easy to clean if you know what you are doing. Here is a rough guide to help you make your house look new again.

Washing
Be sure to wash your vinyl siding with a soft cloth or an ordinary, long handled, soft bristled brush. If your siding is textured, you should be sure to use a soft bristled brush. Otherwise, you may end up smearing the dirt and grime into the panels. You are also going to want to avoid streaking. You should start from the bottom of the house and work your way up. This may sound counter-intuitive but it works.

After you are done, be sure to rinse off your entire house so that the cleaning solution does not continue to eat away at the surface of the vinyl. Also, be sure to cover any exposed brick so that the solution does not discolor the natural beauty of the stone.

Power Washer
You can use a power washer to clean your vinyl siding, although you should use extreme caution. When you are spraying, be sure to point the nozzle straight ahead to the siding so it gets in all of the cracks and it doesn't push grime up or down causing smears.

Mold and Mildew
Getting rid of mold and mildew is actually pretty easy. You can use everyday cleaners, like Fantastik® or even Windex®. For larger sections you can use something simple, like vinegar diluted in water. If this doesn't do the trick, try the following recipe:

  • 1/3 cup (2 2/3 ounces) powdered laundry detergent (e.g., Tide®, Fab®, or equivalent)
  • 2/3 cup (5 1/3 ounces) powdered household cleaner (e.g., Spic & Span®, Soilax®, or equivalent)
  • 1 quart (32 fluid ounces) liquid laundry bleach
  • 1 gallon (128 fluid ounces) of water.

No matter which way you clean your vinyl siding, make sure that you wear the appropriate goggles and protection. Be sure to notify your family as well.

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