For many people, vinyl siding is an attractive option due to its low cost and low maintenance. It’s easy to put up and easy to take care of, plus it has a nice, sleek look. If you want a modern looking home, vinyl siding might be the best choice. But this doesn’t mean vinyl siding can’t get dirty–so, if your siding needs cleaning, how do you do it?
The best way to clean your vinyl siding is with a soft cloth or a long-handled soft-bristle brush. If you want to prevent streaking, make sure to start at the bottom and work upwards. Rinse away residue as you go or else you’ll leave unsightly marks along your siding that you’ll just have to go back and clean later. Be as thorough as you can!
There’s also a few cleaner solutions out there that you can try. For a DIY approach, try to combine:
- 7/10ths water, 3/10ths white vinegar. This is a good all around vinyl cleaner that will also remove mold and mildew stains.
- 1/3rd cup powdered laundry detergent, 2/3rds cup powdered household cleaner, one quart liquid laundry bleach, and one gallon of water. This is a considerably stronger solution.
- Lastly, if you’ve got extensive landscaping and don’t want to hurt it, try one gallon of water mixed with one cup of oxygen bleach. This won’t kill your plants but will still clean the siding.
If your siding still isn’t clean, try using a power washer. Just be careful with the settings as some manufacturers only recommend washing vinyl siding with a power washer at certain pressures. Use caution when using a power washer, they are capable of damaging other parts of your home.
Fisher Lumber for Vinyl Siding
Leland Fisher Lumber has served homeowners and contractors in the Maryland, Washington, D.C., and Northern Virginia areas since 1894. We have excellent lumber, all of the building materials you need, top-notch tools, and the expertise to help you pick the right supplies for your project. Give us a call at 301-424-6500 or visit us online for more information. To see more tips for your DIY project, visit us on Facebook, Pinterest, Google+, Houzz, and Twitter!