Cleaning Vinyl Siding
Siding has been around for a long time but unfortunately, earlier versions were difficult to clean and maintain. As a result, the home may have looked great immediately after siding was installed but over time, the appearance began to deteriorate. Today, more and more people are turning to vinyl siding since it looks spectacular throughout its entire lifetime. With vinyl, the color of the siding goes through and through, which eliminates problems with fading and cracking.
Cleaning of vinyl siding is also a breeze. All you need to do is wash it down on occasion with a regular garden hose and you are done! This material is extremely strong and durable, while being attractive. Just remember, even the highest quality vinyl siding will need to be spruced up from time to time but again, the process is not difficult.
If the vinyl siding is dirtier than a simple hose down, then you could use a soft cloth or even long-handled, soft-bristled brush to reach stubborn spots. One of the greater challenges is with textured vinyl siding. In this case, dirt and grim wedges into the ripples, creating a dowdy look to the home or business. For this situation, simply use the long-handled, soft-bristled brush to wash down each of the textured panels. The key here is to work in small sections or from the bottom up. This way, you can clean an area of the vinyl siding, rinsing it off before the water dries.
Some people will use a power washer on vinyl siding, which can be done. However, you need to remember that the spray from power washers is powerful and if not performed properly, it could do damage. Therefore, always read the manufacturers instructions first and pay close attention to proper distance. For instance, if the instructions state you need to stand back 15 feet while using a specific nozzle size, do exactly that. Again, for textured vinyl or hard-to-clean areas, power washing is a great option.
In addition to dirt and grim, some people, especially those living in high humidity regions, deal with other problems known as mold and mildew. Not only is mold and mildew unsightly, it can be dangerous. If you find that the vinyl siding has just a few small spots, then a mold and mildew product should work fine. On the other hand, if the mold and mildew problem is serious, try mixing a solution of 70% water with 30% vinegar and a power washer. In most cases, this will do the trick, leaving you with new looking siding.
Remember, not all types of cleansers are safe for vinyl siding. Therefore, always make sure you choose something such as Fantastik or a stain cleaner designed for vinyl siding. If unsure, you can contact the manufacturer for recommendations. What you want to avoid is anything containing grease remover, chlorine, or a product such as furniture or fingernail polish remover. Once you have cleaned the mold and mildew from the vinyl siding, be sure to rinse it with the garden hose or power washer.