Do you need to clean your vinyl siding? If you do, then we have something here that can help you out. Cleaning the siding of your house can be intimidating. It is such a huge thing to clean after all. Fortunately, this is not something that you need to do often. What is great about having a siding that is made of vinyl is the fact that it is durable and flexible. It is also very easy to clean. You can schedule an annual cleaning and it should be enough to make your siding look great for the rest of the year.
The question is, do you need to hire a professional to clean the siding? If you have the budget for it, you can hire someone to clean it for you. They should be able to make a more thorough cleaning of the vinyl siding. Not only that, they can spot any damages that might be compromising the structure of your property. They can immediately inform you about it so you can decide to have it repaired and avoid further damage.
But if your budget is tight and you cannot hire a professional to do it for you, do not fret. Cleaning your siding is not that difficult. Here are some of the tips that you can use to make the cleaning process more effective.
Dirt is usually the main thing that you need to remove if you want to clean your vinyl siding. To do this, you have to use a spray nozzle – or a pressure washer if you have one. Make sure it is only set on medium spray. If you are using a pressure washer, you also have to make sure it is set wide to keep it from damaging the vinyl.
When you spray the siding, keep it moving from side to side instead of just leaving it in one place for a long time. Just keep going back to the place where there is a tough dirt to be removed. It also helps to start at the bottom and work your way up. When you rinse the top part, it should include the bottom. And the best angle for the spray is downwards. This will keep the moisture from getting underneath the vinyl siding.
In case some of the dirt cannot be removed by the spray, mix a cleaning solution made of 1 gallon of water and ⅓ cup of laundry detergent. You should also add trisodium phosphate – around ⅔ cup. Get a soft bristled brush and scrub the siding softly. Work from the bottom up and rinse from the top to bottom.
Removing mold and mildew
If your vinyl siding has mold and mildew, it will be tougher to remove compared to dirt. But it is still something that you can do on your own. Before you start cleaning your siding, check if there are plants underneath the area you will clean. If there is, you need to water it and cover with sheeting so it will not be damaged as you clean the mold and mildew from the siding.
Dilute some bleach with water or use a vinyl siding cleaner. Spray it on the siding with the use of a pump sprayer. Let it sit for 10 minutes. If you think there are spots that need to be brushed, use a soft-bristled brush. Rinse it from top to bottom. Check if there is still mold and mildew remaining. If there is, you need to continue cleaning until it is gone.
Once it is clean, you can remove the cover that you placed over the plants.
While you are cleaning the vinyl siding, make sure you protect yourself by wearing rubber gloves, long pants, and long sleeve shirt. You should also wear goggles to protect your eyes from the chemicals that you will be using to clean it. You should research specific cleaning solutions that you can make – taking careful note of those that you should never mix (e.g. bleach and vinegar, etc).