Vinyl Siding Cleaning Tips
The popularity of vinyl siding in is undeniable. Just over a third of new family homes sold in and around Alexandria used vinyl siding to decorate and protect their home. Smart Home Improvement, located in Alexandria has seen a steady rise of homeowners utilizing Vinyl Siding over the last 20 years.
Vinyl siding is a sturdy, flexible housing material. Since it is exposed to outside elements, it needs routine cleaning and care. Because it is an exterior product, vinyl siding can collect a dirt, grime, and stains from pollen, bird and insect droppings, spider webs, rust and so on. Mold and mildew develops in shady, moist areas. Vinyl is also defenseless against the effects of yard and gardening chemicals which often cause discoloring. In addition, vinyl siding’s finish may be marred by a number of commonly used household maintenance products causing it to lose its luster and shine, and overall appeal.
Fortunately, vinyl siding is easy to clean, and there are a wide variety of products to help remove typical stains. The most effective method is to use a soft cloth or soft-bristle brush. For Best results, start at the bottom and work up wards. Thoroughly rinse any cleaner residue as you go.
Some good cleaning solutions include:
• 70% water, 30% white vinegar makes a great all-purpose cleanser that removes light mold and mildew stains.
• For a stronger solution, mix together one-third cup powdered laundry detergent, two-thirds cup powdered household cleaner, one quart liquid laundry bleach, and one gallon of water.
• If you are concerned about landscaping, use a solution comprised of one gallon of water mixed with one cup oxygen bleach in a bucket. The oxygen bleach will clean the vinyl without damaging your landscaping.
• Simple Green offers an environmentally friendly cleaner that is specially formulated for use on vinyl and aluminum siding, stucco, terra cotta roof tiles and painted wood. The non-toxic biodegradable concentrate can be used manually or with pressure washers.
• General household cleansers can be used on tough dirt and stains, including those created by top soil, grass, grease, oil, rust, crayon, ink and bubble gum. Rust stains may be removed using products designed for this purpose.
Another possible method is using a pressure washer. Consult with you Smart Home Improvement Technician prior to use, however, as not all Vinyl siding is durable enough for pressure washing. When using a pressure washer, be sure to keep the stream at eye level and aimed straight at the siding. Avoid washing at an angle, because this channels water behind the siding.
Products such as organic solvents, undiluted chlorine bleach, and liquid grease remover should be avoided, as they may harm the vinyl siding’s surface. With a small amount of effort, vinyl siding can retain its “like new” appearance and provide many years of trouble-free protection for your home.