Quality vinyl siding is durable, affordable, and hassle-free if installed by the right contractor. It doesn’t need to be painted every five years, it can weather the wind, and it insulates your home, keeping you cool in the summer and warm in the winter. Still like everything else, it can collect pollen and dust, leaving your home less-than vibrant. Cleaning your siding can be an easy task if done properly and with the right supplies.
It can be quite a task to wash the siding of your house by hand, but if you complete it in sections (and maybe hire the help of some friends and family members), it is a feasible weekend task. Start by making your solution. We suggest using a vinegar-based solution (instead of bleach-based) that’s better for you and safer for the environment. Many argue this solution is the most effective method for dissolving mildew on siding. For supplies, you will need:
- Scrub brushes
- White vinegar
- Baking soda
The cleaning solutions are as follows:
- For large areas: 7 cups of water mixed with 3 cups of vinegar
- For small stains or details: ½ cup of baking soda mixed into a paste with ¼ cup of water
Before you start, make sure you cover vegetation near the bottom of your siding with a tarp—vinegar can kill your flowers and shrubs just as quickly as bleach can.
Next, work your way from the top of the house to the bottom using a stable ladder. Use your vinegar solution to scrub large swaths of siding, and for hard-to-remove stains, scrub with your baking soda paste. Be sure to rinse off the excess baking soda after scrubbing.
Cleaning Your Siding with a Power Washer
Power washing is the fastest tool for cleaning your vinyl siding. The pressure is enough to blast most residuals off of your siding; however the machine must be used correctly or else you may cause more harm than good. When using the power washer, hold the nozzle at a 90 degree angle to the siding. This way, the water blasts directly onto the siding and rolls off. If you aim the washer upward, the pressurized water could be driven beneath the siding and cause damage to the wall underneath. Also avoid using the washer around window and door openings and, of course, if the siding manufacturer explicitly says not to use it.
For more information on siding services in Connecticut, contact CT Gutter & Exteriors. Call us today at 203-878-2411.