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The Ease of Cleaning Vinyl Siding

Vinyl siding is a great product because it is not only durable, but it is virtually maintenance free. The only true requirement for taking care of your vinyl siding is to give it a good cleaning about once a year.

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The Simple Steps for Cleaning Vinyl Siding

 

  • The only necessary tools for cleaning vinyl siding are a garden hose with a nozzle. Powerful hoses, such as power washers, are also great for cleaning vinyl siding. However, you don't want the hose to be too powerful. If the water is too forceful, water can get behind the vinyl siding, causing damage to your home.
  • You should always spray the house at an angle when cleaning vinyl siding. This will allow the water to drip down. If you spray directly under the siding, water can again seep in behind it. And, not all homes are protected with a waterproof membrane under the vinyl siding.
  • If you have some mildew or mold that has appeared on your siding, you can easily rinse it off with a dishwashing soap. Just place the soap in a bucket of water and use a scrub brush or a hose with a brush attachment to scrub these more stubborn areas. You can also purchase soft brushes attached to long poles to clean the higher areas that need an extra scrubbing.
  • Always clean from the bottom up. And, rinse the area you have cleaned. This will prevent any soap spots from forming on your house.
  • Never use chlorine bleach. This could change the color of your vinyl siding.

Cleaning vinyl siding is a relatively easy process that can be completed within a few hours. With simple tools and regular dishwashing soap, your house will sparkle and shine!