Vinyl siding provides a low maintenance alternative to wood, since it doesn't have the periodic need for sanding, painting, and sealing. Although low maintenance, vinyl isn't completely no-maintenance. If you want to to keep it looking in peak condition, regular cleaning is a must. For most homes, the siding will only need cleaned once a year. If you lift in a moist or shaded area that is prone to mildew or moss, you may need to clean twice yearly. The following guide can help you clean the siding properly.
Hose with pressure spray attachment
Deck brush with handle attachment
Mild liquid soap
Tarps or plastic sheeting
Prepare the grounds for cleaning. Cover plants around the perimeter of the home with the tarps or plastic sheeting. This is because bleach and soap can harm or kill plants. The sheeting protects them from any spills as you clean.
Mix about ½ cup of soap with 1 gallon of water. Stir in up to 2 cups of bleach. Do not use bleach with any type of cleaner containing ammonia, though, since this can produce a deadly gas. The bleach is necessary to kill any mold, mildew, moss, or algae growing on your vinyl siding.
Spray down the side of the house with the hose. You want to wet the entire wall.
Screw the extension pole into the deck brush head. Dip the brush into the cleaning solution and begin scrubbing the siding. Start at the top of the wall and work your way down.
Let the cleaning solution sit on the siding for a few minutes so it can soak into any stains. Then, rinse the soap residue off the wall with the hose. Repeat the entire cleaning process for any remaining walls on the house.
You don't want the siding to dry out too quickly as you wash, or it may end up with dried soap residue on it. To prevent this problem work on the side of the house that is in the shade and avoid cleaning the areas that are in direct sunlight.
The annual cleaning is also a good time to survey your siding for any potential trouble spots. This includes warped panels, cracks, holes, or unattractive color fading. Contact a local siding contractor for a prompt repair so the damage doesn't become worse.
To learn more, contact a company like Superior Products.