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Aug
18
How to Clean Vinyl Siding?

Vinyl siding can experience a lot of wear and tear due to weather abuse. even though modern materials are extremely durable, vinyl can show signs of wear and dirt build up due to the constant exposure to the elements.


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Some of the common causes for your vinyl siding to look dirty and worn include:


Exposure to the Elements – UV rays, winds, rainstorms, and winter weather can impact the appearance of your siding.


Mold – Moisture caused by melting snow or rain can lead to the growth of mold and mildew.


Rust – Your vinyl siding will not rust, however it can be exposed to rust marks caused by a nail or screw leaving reddish-brown stains and streaks across the finish.


Chalk – chalk accumulation visible as a white powder is caused by extensive UV exposure.


Dirt – another frequent vinyl siding problem is dirt and debris accumulation that can impact its appearance and cause aesthetic issues.


Even with all of these factors working to give your vinyl siding a run down dated appearance, there are steps you can take to restore your vinyl siding to its original appearance and luster.


1. Use a Pressure Washer


The most efficient way to clean vinyl sidings is with a pressure washer. After all, this is a vast surface, which you need to manage wisely. Make sure you verify the manufacturer’s guidelines about pressure washing. Also, add a cleaning solution to the mix for the best results. To avoid causing damage to the vinyl siding during the pressure wash, make sure you stand a few feet away and use a side-to-side motion.


2. Chlorine Bleach


If you notice stains, mold, or mildew on your vinyl, you can remove it with bleach. Bleach is excellent for removing biological growth, and will assist in restoring the appearance of your siding. It is best to use chlorine bleach for cleaning vinyl siding. Make sure you mix it with water as applying undiluted bleach on the surface can damage the vinyl. Also wearing a mask, goggles, and gloves is needed to ensure you are safe during the process.


3. Standard Household Cleaners


Most hardware stores carry “specially formulated” cleaners specifically made for cleaning vinyl. Well, there is no need to spend additional funds on these specialty vinyl sidings cleaners when you can use your everyday household cleaning product to remove dirt. Use a third of a cup of powdered laundry detergent and mix a gallon of water. Add 2/3 cup of a household cleaner and mix well. This mixture will remove and degrease your vinyl siding in minutes.


Restoring your vinyl siding to its like a new appearance can be accomplished several ways. No matter which method you choose, just remember that you will need to utilize some elbow grease and time to complete the job right. It is also a good idea to protect nearby plants by covering them with a plastic tarp. The more often you clean your siding, the less dirt build up there will be and the easier the process will be, we suggest cleaning your vinyl siding at least twice a year.