A Guide To Cleaning Your Vinyl Siding

Posted on: 1 September 2015

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Vinyl siding is such a popular material on homes today because it is a low maintenance material. Unfortunately, some homeowners neglect to give their vinyl siding the annual cleaning it needs to stay in tip top shape. Just because vinyl siding is such a low maintenance siding doesn't mean that it doesn't need to be cleaned. Naturally, it is important to know how to clean your vinyl siding to make sure you clean it without damaging it.

How to Get Started

Before you start cleaning, there are some precautionary steps to take including wearing a long sleeve shirt, rubber gloves, and some long pants. These will help protect your skin from what you use to clean the siding.

Another precautionary measure you might want to take is protecting your plants. You might want to lay down some plastic sheeting so none of the soap or bleach can kill any of the landscaping around your home.

Gathering the Needed Materials:

Next, you will need to gather the material needed to clean your vinyl siding which includes:

  • Garden Hose
  • Vinyl Siding Soap
  • Rubber Gloves
  • Soft Bristle Brush

What Cleaning Solution to Use For Vinyl Siding

You always have the option of heading to your local hardware store and purchasing a soap intended to clean vinyl siding. You, however, also have the option of creating your own solution using baking soda and a detergent. To do this you will measure carefully and then stir until they baking soda has dissolved. You will want to measure 4 tablespoons of laundry detergent and then add 8 tablespoons of baking soda to the detergent. Finally, you can add two cups of warm water and mix the solution together until the baking soda is no longer visible.

Time To Clean Your Vinyl Siding

First, inspect your home's siding. Make sure your siding is not damaged anywhere before you begin the task of cleaning it. Once you have inspected it, decide what section of the house you want to begin at. You can use your garden hose to hose down the first section. Next, take your soft bristle brush and begin scrubbing from the bottom to the top using the solution you either made or purchased. Finally, rinse this section and make sure to remove all soap and debris thoroughly.

Lastly, you might encounter some mold or mildew build up in some areas of your siding. This occurs in most areas with humid climate conditions. Fortunately, you just need to add a quart of bleach to a gallon of water. Then, you can apply this mixture to the areas of your siding with mold and mildew to make the problem go away. Let the mixture sit for between ten to twenty minutes before scrubbing and rinsing.

Keep these steps in mind and you will have no trouble cleaning your vinyl siding without causing damage to it that needs to be repaired. 

For professional vinyl siding repair and cleaning, contact a company such as Stark Siding Inc.