How to Clean Vinyl Siding

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Vinyl siding is greatly versatile, but how do you keep it clean?

Vinyl is a versatile material, useful for many household structures such as fences and walls. But how do you keep it clean? Modern vinyl siding has a lot of the same properties as classic wood siding, only without the same maintenance worries. In this blog, we’ll talk about some easy tips for how to clean vinyl siding. Of course, you should always remember to adhere to manufacturer’s recommendations. These are general tips, but you will want to stick to the specific recommendations for your siding products. Otherwise, you run the risk of voiding your warranty entirely.  

Vinyl Siding Cleaning Tip #1: Keeping It Clean

First, to keep vinyl siding clean is perhaps the easiest of these steps. All you need is a soft cloth, or a simple long-handled brush commonly found in the home. But make sure the brush has softer bristles. Then proceed with washing. However, if your house has any surfaces that are not smooth, but textured, choose only the long-handled brush. This brush will prevent staining in the grooves of the textures. Go from the bottom to the top, making sure to rinse off all of the cleaning solution before it is able to harden and dry. If your home features a brick exterior, be sure to cover the brick up first so it is unaffected by the cleaning process.

Vinyl Siding Cleaning Tip #2: Remove Mold and Mildew

Removing mold and mildew can be a frustrating process in normal circumstances. With vinyl, it’s much easier. Smaller spots of mold and mildew can be dealt with by using common household cleaning product you probably already keep under your kitchen sink. When cleaning larger sections of mold and mildew, a different approach is needed. Whether you need to clean more surface area of siding or the mold and mildew problem has grown to call for it, don’t worry. A solution combining 30% vinegar and 70% water should do it.

Vinyl Siding Cleaning Tip #3: Prevent Discoloration

Discoloration can happen to vinyl siding as easily as it can happen to other types of siding. In order to prevent this, cover it up. Cover it up whenever other home improvement projects are going on around it; other project components like stains, sealants, and wet concrete can stick on the vinyl. If you keep a garden near your vinyl siding, then please note that certain insecticides and herbicides can also affect it. Check the labels of the products or with the manufacturers themselves before applying any insecticide or herbicide. These products, plus other aforementioned renovation materials, are the most frequent sources of discoloration.

 

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