Cleaning Your Home's Siding: Tips for Vinyl Siding or Stucco

It's very common to have vinyl siding on the front side and basic stucco on the remaining three sides of a home. This is typically done for economic reasons, allowing the front of the home to have a richer look because of the variety of colors and finishes while saving money by using cheaper stucco on the remaining surfaces.

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Step 1: Hosing Down

You should clean both the vinyl siding and the stucco siding on your home during spring and autumn. After covering nearby plants to protect them, the first step with both types of covering is to hose them down to loosen accumulated grime. Stucco cleaning may take longer as the graininess of the stucco holds the grime particularly tightly and often require several treatments with the hose. The vinyl siding, being smoother, should release the grime more easily.

Step 2: Power Washing

Next, use a power washer with detergent added to the water. Always start at the top, washing down to avoid contaminating areas you've already cleaned.

Step 3: Scrubbing

For areas with extra soiling, some additional scrubbing with a long-handled brush may be necessary. Use a soft-bristled brush to clean the extra-dirty areas of vinyl siding. Heavily soiled areas of stucco, on the other hand, require a coarser brush to clean the rough surface.

Once you've thoroughly cleaned all the exterior surfaces of your home, perform a final rinse, starting with the roof line and working down. Once you've rinsed off the soap and suds, check all of your home's surfaces to make sure they are clean and soot free.

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