While vinyl siding lacks some of the necessary maintenance that brick requires over the years, such as tuckpointing, you will still need to clean the vinyl material when it becomes dirty. Don't jump into it by cleaning the siding in a way that won't be effective or cause damage. Here are some tips for cleaning vinyl home siding.
Use Brushes And Cloths
The simplest method to clean vinyl siding can also be the best method. Start by getting out a soft bristled brush that attaches to a really long telescopic handle. This will let you clean the entire length of siding without needing to get out a ladder.
It will help to scrub in sections so that the heat from the sun does not dry out the soap on the material. Rinse down a small section of siding, scrub the material with soapy water, and then rinse the soap off. This will prevent streaks and discoloration from dry soap.
Be Careful WIth Pressure Washers
You may think that the scrubbing method is taking a while and that you can speed up the process by using a pressure washer. This could be the biggest mistake you make when cleaning vinyl home siding if you are not careful. A pressure washer is simply too powerful unless you use the correct settings.
Always test a pressure washer by using the least powerful setting on a place where it will not be noticeable if you damage the material, such as the side of your home behind some bushes. If the settings work fine, use it on the rest of the siding.
Be careful when using the pressure washer around windows or wiring running down your vinyl siding. If used at a high pressure, you can actually cause damage to these items with a pressure washer.
Remove Mold With Bleach
Any area of the vinyl siding with mold on it will require more than soap and water. You'll need to scrub the area with a bleach cleaning solution to help the mold go away for good. If you're worried about the bleach affecting the plants underneath the siding, there are some steps you can take to ensure that the plants remain healthy.
Start by spraying the plants with water, then cover them with a tarp. Do the necessary cleaning, remove the tarp, and spray the plants down with water one more time. This will help get rid of any bleach that fell onto the plants by accident. To learn more, contact a siding contractor near you.