Boost your curb appeal by maintaining your vinyl siding! Here’s how:
Cleaning Your House Siding
No matter what type of siding you have, it will always benefit from cleaning at least once a year. If you allow the dirt, grime, and mildew to accumulate throughout the life of your siding, then the rest of your house will begin to look grimy and worn down. Plus, it will be all the more difficult to scrub off as time passes. Here’s how to annually clean your siding:
- Before cleaning – Take a look at your siding and make any small repairs. Since you are cleaning with soap and water, you need to prevent moisture infiltration which can lead to mold or dry rot starting from the inside out. Also, be sure to cover any nearby plants or other landscaping with a tarp so that it is not affected by runoff.
- Choose your soap — There are many types of cleaning products that are safe to use on your vinyl siding. For general cleaning, you can use a bucket of warm water with mild soap in it, like detergent or a trisodium phosphate (TSP) substitute. For tough stains, use a heavier duty cleanser and spray with a hose.
- Begin washing — Try to divide your siding into 10 foot sections to tackle at a time. This could take up to a full day depending on the size of your house but will ultimately be well worth it when you have a beautiful, spotless home. You will need a sponge or soft bristle brush, a bucket, and a hose. Then start washing! There should be no need to scrub too hard unless it is a stubborn stain. Start with the top sections by using a long-handled scrub brush to extend your reach, and then work your way down to avoid having to clean up after sections that you just washed. Finally, rinse it off with clear running hose water.
You can also power wash your siding for a powerful clean that also efficiently removes even the spiders and other insects that like to live in between the panels. However, you should never try to do this by yourself because there are many potential errors that can occur if you’re not careful. Because of the forceful jet that may be hard to control, you could end up stripping the paint, loosening the caulk, gouging the softwoods or eating through the mortar. Not to mention, the water may shoot under the horizontal lap joints and cause mold and dry rot.
By hiring a professional to power wash your siding, you can avoid these issues and, more importantly, prevent water penetration beneath the joints and seams around the window and doors. They are extremely cautious around electrical fixtures so that no harm comes to you or your beautifully clean home!