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Vinyl siding is a very durable low maintenance material commonly used for your home’s exterior. It is attractive, and easy to install thus making it increasingly popular. You may, though, from time to time need to clean your vinyl siding in order to keep it in good condition and looking great. But you need to make sure you know the best cleaning methods before you get started.

Caring For Vinyl Siding
Cleaning your vinyl siding is fairly straightforward and simple maintenance. You will need to use a long-handled brush with soft bristles or a soft cloth and some soap and water to wipe it down with. If your vinyl siding has textured surfaces to it and most of them do today, you should use only the soft bristled brush in order to avoid moving the dirt and stains into the grooves with a cloth. Start washing at the bottom of your walls and work your way up. This may sound backwards but it will help to prevent streaking from the soapy water running down your house. Make sure you rinse the area before the cleaning solution dries and rinse from the top down. If you have other materials, such as brick, on parts of the exterior of your home, cover them so that runoff from your vinyl siding will not affect it.

Caring For Vinyl Siding
For a quicker process, you can buy or rent a power washer. But make sure you read the instructions on the power washer thoroughly first. Second, always make sure you use the power washer pointing level or down. If you use it pointing upward, you may end up with water and cleaning solution behind the vinyl siding. These can later cause streaks from the moisture coming out and can lead to decay of your wall material behind the siding.

If you have spots of mold or mildew on your vinyl siding and these spots are small, then you can simply use a name brand household cleaner. Just always be sure to test it on a small portion of your vinyl siding in an inconspicuous place to make sure it will not damage it at all. If, however, the spots of mold or mildew are a little larger, you should use a solution of 30% vinegar and 70% water. You could also try another common homemade solution, a mixture of powdered laundry detergent, powdered household cleaner, liquid bleach, and water. It is best to just find the one that is most convenient and effective for you.

Caring For Vinyl Siding
For other vinyl siding stains, like dirt, soot, or even animal stains on the outside of your home there are a number of general cleaners that are approved for use on vinyl siding. Check your local store for simple household cleaners, and then read the containers carefully to find out if they are effective on whatever the stain is that you have found on your vinyl siding and safe for use on vinyl siding specifically. I would clean the spots first and then clean the entire wall.

So even though vinyl siding is a low maintenance material, you will still want to clean your vinyl siding from time to time. Before you do, make sure you understand what is necessary and what the proper procedures are so that your vinyl siding will look good and last a long time.

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One Response to “Caring For Your Vinyl Siding”

I have wanted to do this for a while but didn’t know how to start and couldn’t pay to have it done. Thanks for the info.