From its ease of installation to its durability and versatility, vinyl siding is a great option for several reasons. Your vinyl siding requires little maintenance, and an occasional cleaning is all you will need to keep it looking amazing. However, there are times when the stains will be more difficult to remove, and you will need to take a few additional steps to completely clean your siding.
Here is a step-by-step guide to clean your vinyl siding, with or without a pressure washer.
Prepping Before Cleaning Your Siding
Whether you're using a pressure washer or a sponge and bucket, it is important to prep your home and siding before cleaning. Check for any damage to the siding. If you notice damage, do not clean the siding. Instead, contact a professional to have it fixed. If there is no damage, prepare your home by first closing all the windows.
Cover any foliage around your home with tarp and remove any decorative items or other obstructions from around the perimeter. A lack of obstruction will make it easier for you to access the siding and will ensure that you are able to clean the entire surface of the siding.
Cleaning Your Siding With a Pressure Washer
One of the simplest and most effective ways to clean your vinyl siding is with a pressure washer. Here are the steps you should take to clean your siding without causing any damage with the pressurized water.
Begin by filling the pressure washer's soap reservoir with a product that is formulated for use in pressure washers and can be used on vinyl siding. Install the pressure washer soap attachment to the tip of the wand.
Next, turn on the pressure washer and begin applying the soap at a downward angle. Avoid pointing the wand upward, as this could cause the soapy water to soak into the insulation under the siding. Continue to apply the soap evenly in small sections. Do not apply the soap to the entire home at once. This will cause the soap to dry out and become less effective.
When you’re finished, remove the soap attachment from the wand and rinse off the soap with plain water from the pressure washer. Once again, make sure to hold the wand at a downward angle. Repeat these steps until all the siding is clean. It's best to clean the siding on a sunny day because the heat will help the siding dry faster.
Cleaning Your Siding Without a Pressure Washer
If you don't have a pressure washer, you can still clean your siding in a matter of hours. The easiest method is to purchase a cleaning wand attachment for your garden hose. The attachment is fitted with a brush and a soap reservoir. Begin by attaching the wand to your garden hose. Fill the reservoir with a soap that is formulated for use on siding, and begin cleaning the siding in small sections.
After you clean each section, rinse off soap with your garden hose. Another option is to use a plastic scrub brush, soapy water and some elbow grease. However, be aware that this job is time-consuming, and you will need to use a ladder to clean the hard-to-reach areas.
When you encounter any tough stains, such as mold, mildew, grease or bird droppings, the best method is to create a mixture of one cup of bleach for every one gallon of water. Put on rubber gloves and dip a plastic bristled scrub brush into the solution. Scrub the stain thoroughly and allow the bleach to remain on the spot for five minutes.
Thoroughly rinse off the bleach solution with your garden hose.
When cared for properly, your vinyl siding will look amazing for several decades. If you have any additional questions, contact Wolf Exteriors & Remodeling.