Three Quick Tips on Washing Vinyl Siding

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Washing the vinyl siding on your home is an easy task that anyone can do. Vinyl siding is nearly maintenance free, but if you want your home to look its best you'll have to invest some elbow grease into cleaning it at least once a year.

Spend a little time this year and get your vinyl siding back into pristine condition.

  1. A sprayer is worth the investment. Buy or borrow a sprayer rated at 1,800 psi to 2,500 psi (pounds per square inch). The water pressure digs deep into the crevices and grooves inherent in vinyl siding and eliminates the algae and mold. Avoid spraying up into the undersides of vinyl panels since this will likely result in water being trapped inside of the panels. Start at the top of the house and work your way down in even side-to-side movements for the most consistent results. Rinse the siding after using a manufacturer's recommended cleaner.
  2. Use an additional cleaner if needed. This is where the elbow grease comes in. If there are still patches of stubborn mold, dirt, grime or algae after spraying, you'll need to use a soft-bristled scrub brush and a good cleaner. There are a variety of products that clean vinyl siding with special formulations designed for the purpose, or you can use Dawn dish soap and a little bleach in a bucket of water. Bleach will remove the grime but can discolor the siding, so make sure it's sufficiently diluted.
  3. Frequency matters. Clean vinyl siding regularly to keep it looking good. Vinyl can discolor from algae and mold in shady and moist conditions, or when mud gets splattered onto the siding and vegetation stains it. An annual cleaning should be sufficient, unless you see the need for more regular washing.

Cleaning vinyl siding isn't hard. The most difficult part of cleaning siding is just getting around to it.



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