Many homeowners prefer getting vinyl siding as it is low maintenance. While you don’t need to clean your vinyl siding every other week, it does need regular cleaning after about a year to remove the grime and dirt deposits.
If you live in a humid place, it might develop mildew or mold that will need to be removed too. Here is how you go about cleaning vinyl siding.
You can remove dirt using a power washer. Pressure washing
will clean all the tough and fixed grime from your siding. However, make sure you’re experienced with pressure wash before you try it else you can harm the siding. If you’re not sure about how to do it, it’s best to call the experts. If you’re prepared to do it yourself, keep these things in mind:
- The pressure spray should have a wide pattern. This will ensure that hard pressure is not focused on one point because high pressure can crack the siding. Also, make sure the nozzle keeps moving and does not stay at one point.
- Start from the bottom and go up. When you reach the top, rinse to the bottom.
- There is always a chance of water running behind the siding. To avoid that, spray towards the overlapped joints.
Removing additional grime
If the vinyl siding has extra grime and needs more cleaning, you would need to use a special cleaning solution. Here is how you create the right cleaning solution: Mix 1 gallon of water with 1/3 cup detergent and 2/3 cup TSP cleaner. Use this solution in the power washer and gently start at the bottom and go up. Then rinse off this solution from top to bottom.
Removing mold when cleaning vinyl siding is a bit tricky. For this, you will need a mold remover. You can also use household bleach and mix it with water to create a solution. However, make sure the strength of the bleach is not too harsh for vinyl. Before you begin, cover any nearby plants so that they aren’t affected by bleach. Wet the siding with the bleach solution and let it stay for about 10 minutes. Scrub the siding with a soft brush. Rinse off the solution from top to bottom.
Before cleaning vinyl siding with a bleach solution, make sure you wear protective gear such as a long-sleeved shirt, rubber gloves, and goggles. Don’t mix bleach with other chemicals unless you’re sure that they can be mixed with bleach. Some chemical reactions can release chlorine gas that is poisonous.
You can also use vinegar and baking soda instead of bleach. Vinegar is also bad for plants so make sure you cover the nearby plants before you start cleaning the mold off the siding. This will take a little extra work and some additional time and you will not need a pressure washer. You’ll need a scrubber and a ladder to reach the hard spots. Make sure you rinse it off well otherwise the solution can harm the siding.
When you clean the siding, make sure you reach every corner of it. Pay attention to small details and ensure that the siding is completely clean and no dirt is left sitting. If there are some corners where you can’t reach normally, use a toothbrush or a small soft scrub to clean.
Use safe cleaning agents
Don’t use harsh chemicals, liquid grease removers, furniture polish, nail polish removers, or undiluted bleach on vinyl surface. Also, when you scrub, use only a soft brush as abrasive scrubbers and steel wool can wear the surface and cause irreparable damage.
It’s not a good idea to handle chemicals if you’re not sure about them. If you think you cannot clean the vinyl siding without expert help, it’s best to hire professionals. Contact us for all types of vinyl siding cleaning. We have been in the business for several years and can clean up all types of dirt, grime, and mold from vinyl siding
. We are equipped with the right supplies.
Use a professional expert
The best way to clean vinyl siding is by using a pressure wash
. At All Services Property Maintenance we are pressure washing professionals. We have our own equipment and we know the right way to use it. With just a quick phone call to us on 360 216 7350
, we can keep your vinyl siding looking at its best for years.