Cleaning Vinyl Siding in Three Easy Steps

Vinyl siding is beautiful and a great way to increase the value of your home. But as all homeowners know, vinyl siding doesn't stay beautiful for long. Mold, mildew, dust, algae, splattered mud, stains and the occasional bird dropping soon taint the color and disguise an otherwise splendid looking home.

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Cleaning vinyl siding is something anyone can do. Here are some tips.

  • Start with a garden hose. Set the nozzle for a strong flow but not at full force. A strong concentrated flow of water can force its way up behind the siding and soak the insulation and frame at the windows, door, seams and corners. Cleaning vinyl siding may be as simple as a good rinsing.
  • Move up to dish soap. Stubborn dirt, algae or grime that hasn't been cleaned for a while requires a scrubbing. Put a generous amount of dish soap in a bucket of water. If possible use a biodegradable soap for the sake of your lawn. Apply it to your siding with an extended brush with gentle bristles or one sold specifically to clean houses and recreational vehicles. Try not to let the soap dry on the house before spraying it off with the hose.
  • Bleach if needed. Oxygen bleach is a great vinyl siding cleaner for those with extra tough cleaning jobs. It's nontoxic and you won't have to worry if the spray hits your plants. Regular household chlorine bleach is highly toxic. Mix oxygen bleach with water in a sprayer or garden hose attachment and spray the siding. Rinse with clean water afterwards.

Cleaning vinyl siding takes some work but soon restores your home to a pristine appearance. A good cleaning once a year should keep your siding looking clean and crisp.

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