Walls of Your Castle: How to Clean Vinyl Siding

how to clean vinyl siding

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Every home starts to lose its visual appeal over time whether or not you keep up on maintenance. The truth is that your house color fades due to being exposed to various weather conditions and the elements. Who has the cash to replacing their siding whenever they wish? Instead, clean it! Here are some great tips on how to clean vinyl siding and make it look new.

Vinegar-Sour Smell, Sweet Results

Mix together vinegar and water with a 30/70 ratio in a bucket. Decide whether you want to apply it with a sponge or a brush. Make sure you get all the areas that might be more susceptible to mold.

Once your vinegar and water mix sets on the areas for a few minutes, use a brush or rag to wipe down the area. Rinse it down with water and enjoy the new look of your clean siding!

If you’re not sure where to get vinegar in bulk, try your local grocery store that serves the restaurants as well. Costco, Sams Club, and similar stores often have large containers of vinegar for purchase.

How to Clean Vinyl Siding with Dishsoap

Sometimes you need to clean the house after you do the dishes. You can use the same soap and get fantastic results. Simply mix the two together, similar to how you would if you were washing a car. Then, apply, scrub and rinse.

However, if you do use a mixed solution of water and dishsoap, it’s important to avoid letting the liquid dry on the siding. Have a hose ready so you can rinse the area right after you scrub it with the brush or rag. It’s safe to leave on for a few minutes, as long as you don’t give it time to dry fully.

Consider the Use of a Pressure Washer Carefully

Sometimes the easy way is not always the best way. Using a pressure washer on siding should be done with caution. If your siding does not overlap, water will have the opportunity to get underneath and between the pieces. If there are cracks in the siding, the same can happen. Once water sits under the siding, mold will start to grow and create expensive problems.

If you’re going to use a pressure washer with a cleaner mix, make sure you inspect your siding first. Once you see that everything is protected and nothing is broken, you might be okay.

However, you will also need to recheck the siding after the use of the pressure washer. If you notice that a piece has been broken or blown off in some way, you can make plans to repair it.

Clean Siding and Curb Appeal

Your home’s value has a lot to do with perspective and it starts with visual appeal. Even if you’re not planning to sell it, it’s worth taking the time to make your home beautiful. Exterior painting services can be helpful. You can also learn how to clean vinyl siding and avoid the cost of re-siding the home unnecessarily.

It extends the life of your home and increases the value of your overall property. Call us to help improve your home with just a day’s efforts and enjoy the result of clean siding and a more beautiful house and property.